In this article, I’m going to help you understand and answer the “why is TikTok not letting me like videos” question and 4 easy ways you get it fixed.
Tiktok is an excellent app for users who love watching short videos. It’s a quick video platform with videos ranging from 5 seconds to a minute long, which can be funny, informative, skit, or outdoor activities.
TikTok allows you to follow pages, like videos, and comment on videos from any content creators that you favor.
However, some avid TikTok users have been known to find some blockages to their liking, commenting, or following privileges.
If you are one of them, you may have received this error: “You’re tapping too fast. Take a break” when trying to like a video, or your like button may just stop working. This is probably because you may have been liking content too quickly and in order to prevent spamming, TikTok may disable your account for 24 hours or so.
Why TikTok restricts you from liking videos
TikTok has some algorithms that detect any unhuman-like behaviour in the app.
- If you go to a particular Titktok account and scroll through many of its videos liking every one of them
- if you keep liking multiple videos without watching them fully
With any of the above activities on your account, TikTok will think you are a robot and restrict your account. Meaning your ability to like videos will be disabled for a while, mostly 24 hours.
Keep in mind that this will be worse if your TikTok account is relatively new than when you’re an old user. The penalty might go as far as 72 hours.
What to do if TikTok is not letting you like videos
Normally, TikTok will restrict your video-liking abilities for 24 hours, 72 hours at most. So the easiest solution to the problem would be to wait it out until the restrictions are removed.
However, if you feel like you cannot live without liking videos on your account and can’t wait, you could try one of the methods below.
1. Clear your TikTok app’s cache
You can clear your TikTok cache directly from your profile by going to your TikTok Settings, under Cache & Cellular, going to Free up space and then clearing your cache.
Or, you can clear your cache via your device’s settings.
To do this:
Go to Settings > Apps or Apps and Notifications, look for TikTok, click on it, then go to Storage and Clear cache.
2. Reinstall your TikTok app
Another method you can try is to reinstall the app. To do this simply navigate to your device’s home page, and uninstall or delete the app.
Reinstalling the app will delete most of the app’s settings, data, and cache which might help to stop the ‘You’re tapping too fast take a break’ error from showing.
If the previous methods are not working for you, the last resort is to create a new account.
3. Create a secondary TikTok account
Creating a new account will give you an entirely new start, with no blocks or shadowbans.
However, make sure you do not repeat the same mistake(s) that you made for your previous account to get blocked otherwise, you’ll be blocked/banned again.
Creating a new account may also come in handy in case anything happens to your main account. For example, if your main account gets hacked/deleted/blocked, you can just use your secondary account instead.
Additionally, always make sure your TikTok app is up to date. Go to your Playstore or Appstore and update your app to eliminate bugs and glitches that may occur on the app.
4. Report the problem
If you are still not able to like videos after all the above, or if your problem persists for several days, then the best solution is to report the problem to TikTok.
To report a problem again, go to the Settings and Privacy section on the hamburger icon (☰) on your app.
Scroll down to the Support & About section, and you will see “Report a problem”
In the Search, you can type in “Tappin too fast” and select it as your problem.
Tap “No” under “Is your problem resolved?”
Tap on “Need more help?”
Type in your feedback and then submit your Report.
Reporting is usually used for bigger problems like account bans or video deletions, but if these small errors last for a long time, you can report them too.
What to do to prevent TikTok not letting you like videos
To keep away from getting the ‘You’re tapping too fast take a break’ error on TikTok, make sure you watch the full length of a video before liking/commenting on it, especially if your account is newer.
This will prevent TikTok from thinking you’re a bot and blocking you from liking your video.
Additionally, try to use your Tikitok app like a human in order for you to prevent the error. To do this, you have to follow, like, and comment in intervals, not in a spammy way.
Try to get a good decent number of followers on your TikTok account. This is because a fewer number of followers on your account may lead to more chances of you getting blocked.
Also, some users tend to create new TikTok accounts to boost their popularity and TikTok will think this is what’s happening if your account is new and you’re liking videos too fast without watching them in their entirety.
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Typically, TikTok allows each user to like 500 videos per day. That’s maximum and if you exceed it, you’ll get the error, or TikTok will just keep unliking the videos you like. If this happens you’ll have to wait 24 – 48 hours to be able to like videos again.
Also, please note that you can follow a maximum of 200 TikTok accounts per day, 10,000 accounts in total. If you’re an avid TikTok user and follower, it’s therefore advisable therefore to limit your following to 30 users per hour at most.
In instances where you find that you’re not able to follow other TikTok users or comment on their posts, you may first try to restart your TikTok app to allow your system to reload TikTok’s resources and eliminate any errors that may have occurred during its run time. And if that doesn’t work, try the above steps on this issue as well.