In response to the broad spectrum of video content available on its platform, TikTok has introduced a Restricted Mode to safeguard the experiences of younger users. This move is of paramount importance considering the large number of TikTok users under 18, who contribute to 28% of the platform’s viewership.
The Role of Restricted Mode in TikTok’s User Experience
Restricted Mode is a safety feature integrated within TikTok’s settings, aimed at filtering out mature or age-sensitive content from the user’s feed.
This feature relies on a system-based classification of video content. Any video deemed inappropriate is blocked from appearing in the video feed of accounts operating in Restricted Mode.
The key component of this feature is a passcode set by the user, which is used to enable or disable the feature. When activated, a text reading “Restricted Mode” with a small umbrella icon is visible over all videos on the user’s home feed.
While Restricted Mode may not guarantee 100% censorship of sensitive content, it significantly reduces the influx of inappropriate videos, thereby protecting younger audiences.
However, the stringent criteria might inadvertently impact the quality of the content available on user feeds.
Deactivating Restricted Mode: The Role of Passcodes
When setting up Restricted Mode on TikTok, the user is required to establish a passcode. This passcode is essential for enabling or disabling Restricted Mode.
If the user forgets or misplaces the passcode, there is no immediate workaround to disable the feature.
However, TikTok provides a recourse via its Help Center, which can be accessed through the “Report a Problem” option under Settings and Privacy.
By explaining the issue (forgotten Restricted Mode passcode) and requesting a solution, users can receive assistance from the TikTok team. The response may take several days.
Disabling Restricted Mode: A Step-By-Step Guide
Users who remember their passcode can follow these simple steps to disable Restricted Mode:
- Launch the TikTok app and navigate to your profile.
- Tap the three-lined button for Settings and Privacy.
- Under ‘CONTENT & ACTIVITY,’ select ‘Digital Wellbeing.’
- Choose ‘Restricted Mode.’
- Tap ‘Turn off Restricted Mode.’
- Enter the 4-digit passcode and tap ‘Next.’
The Restricted Mode overlay text disappears when the feature is deactivated.
Frequently Asked Questions on Restricted Mode
Many users have concerns about the automatic enabling of Restricted Mode and the inability to disable it. TikTok’s Restricted Mode is a manual feature that can be activated by an adult user.
However, if a minor’s account is linked to a parent’s account through TikTok’s Family Pairing feature, the parent can remotely impose restrictions.
To check if Restricted Mode has been activated under Family Pairing, navigate to Profile > Settings and Privacy > Family Pairing.
If Restricted Mode is active, the minor user must discuss the issue with their parent or guardian. A child account cannot independently disable a restriction enforced by a parent account.
Another common question pertains to the relationship between Restricted Mode and Screen Time Management passcodes.
Both are part of TikTok’s Digital Wellbeing suite but function independently. Restricted Mode helps to filter inappropriate content, while Screen Time Management allows users to limit their time spent on the app.
Each feature requires a unique 4-digit passcode. Unless a user deliberately uses the same passcode for both features, they cannot be used interchangeably.