Have you ever felt like your TikTok For You page (FYP) is showing all the same types of videos and recommendations? Do you want fresh content that better matches your interests? Resetting your FYP can help.
Resetting your FYP wipes the slate clean so TikTok’s algorithm can start over with understanding what you like. This refreshes your feed and gets new videos circulating. It’s an easy process that only takes a few minutes.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to fully reset your TikTok FYP to improve recommendations. We’ll cover:
- Clearing Your Watch and Search History
- Turning Video Autoplay On/Off
- Tapping “Not Interested” on Videos
- Following New Accounts
- Using a VPN or Deleting and Reinstalling TikTok
- Additional Tips for Resetting FYP
Let’s get into the details on each method so you can breathe new life into your TikTok app.
Method 1: Refresh Your FYP Feed
When you refresh your TikTok For You (FYP) feed, it essentially wipes your past viewing history and interactions and starts fresh.
This means the algorithm will no longer consider your previous likes, dislikes, comments, shares, watch time, and other engagement metrics when recommending new videos.
TikTok starts presenting videos like it would to a completely new user. This involves showing a mix of popular content across different categories and creators to gauge your initial interests.
- Open your TikTok app and tap on the Profile icon in the bottom right.
- Tap on the three horizontal line Menu icon in the top right corner.
- Select “Settings and privacy” from the menu.
- Tap “Content preferences” under the “Content & Display” tab.
- On the “Content preferences” screen that next appears, tap on “Refresh your For You feed.”
- Tap on “Continue” then proceed to tap on the “Refresh” button.
As you interact with the refreshed FYP, the algorithm starts learning your new interests based on your recent engagement. This includes liking, commenting, sharing, finishing videos, and even the amount of time you spend watching each video.
Here’s an analogy: Imagine your FYP like a restaurant menu. When you refresh, the menu gets completely replaced with new dishes (videos).
You then get to taste (watch) different options and provide feedback (like/dislike) to the waiter (algorithm) about what you enjoy.
Based on your choices, the waiter will gradually bring you more dishes that align with your preferences.
Resetting your FYP clears out your full viewing history, likes, and dislikes. This forces the algorithm to rebuild your recommendations from scratch and allows it to fully refresh with new trending content tailored for you.
Method 2: Clear Your Entire Watch and Search History
The first step is clearing out anything that might be steering your FYP recommendations. This means wiping your watch history and search history.
Here is how to do it:
- Open TikTok and tap on the “Profile” icon in the bottom right.
- Next tap on the three horizontal lines icon in the upper right corner to access the menu.
- Select “Settings and privacy” from the menu.
- Tap on “Activity Center” then proceed to tap “Watch history.”
- Tap “Select,” then tap on the videos you want to clear from your watch history.
- To clear all the videos from your watch history, tap on “Select all watch history” and tap the “Delete” button on the right.
This removes all the videos that TikTok has logged you watching. With your history wiped clean, your FYP will now rebuild recommendations without old influence.
Method 3: Toggle Video Autoplay On or Off
Another way to help reset your FYP is to change your Autoplay settings.
Having Autoplay enabled means TikTok will continuously play new video after video based on suggestions. Turning Autoplay off forces your FYP to rebuild each time you manually select a new video.
Here is how to toggle your Autoplay settings:
- Open your TikTok profile and tap the three line menu icon.
- Choose “Settings and privacy”.
- Tap “Autoplay” and toggle the switch for “Autoplay videos” on or off.
We recommend trying your FYP both ways to see if turning Autoplay off helps surface different content. The key is it makes your selections more intentional instead of passive.
Method 4: Tap “Not Interested” on Irrelevant Videos
As you’re scrolling through videos, you likely come across some that don’t interest you. A way to improve recommendations is by tapping “Not Interested” on these irrelevant clips.
This gives feedback that you want to avoid that type of content. Do this for several videos in a row and it will force your FYP to find something different you might like.
Here is how to mark videos as “Not Interested”:
- Tap on a video from your FYP that you don’t care to see again.
- In the bottom left corner, tap the arrow icon.
- From the menu select “Not Interested”.
Try this out on at least 10-15 videos that don’t match your preferences. It will send strong signals to stop suggestions of that nature.
Method 5: Follow Accounts Posting Your Preferred Content
Who you follow plays a major role in tailoring FYP recommendations. So finding accounts that consistently post content you enjoy will improve your feed.
Seek out at least 20-30 creators aligned with your interests. Follow them and actively engage with their new videos by liking, commenting, sharing, etc.
Here are some tips for finding relevant accounts to follow:
- Check the “Following” list of creators you already like. Oftentimes, they follow like-minded people.
- Use TikTok’s search tool to find top hashtags or sounds related to topics you want more of.
- Look in your Likes section and tap on creators who have posted those videos.
- Let TikTok recommend accounts through your FYP and its Suggested Users list.
The more accounts you follow that meet your preferences, the more tailored video suggestions you will get. So follow liberally!
Method 6: Use a VPN or Delete and Reinstall TikTok
If you want a completely fresh slate, using a VPN or deleting/reinstalling TikTok are more aggressive options. This gives you a blank profile without any of your previous activity attached.
Here is an overview of each approach:
Use a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) masks your device’s IP address and location data. This makes it appear like you are accessing TikTok from a different geographic region.
Turn your VPN on and refresh TikTok. It should pull up a brand new FYP as if you created a brand new account.
The advantage with using a VPN is you keep your same profile. You just scramble the signals TikTok collects to influence your recommendations.
Delete and Reinstall the App
Alternatively, you can delete your TikTok app and then redownload it from the App Store/Google Play Store.
When you sign back in, your profile content will remain intact. But you essentially get a fresh FYP full of generic video suggestions to start.
Over time as you re-establish your activity patterns, your FYP will cater itself back to your preferences.
The nuclear option is to delete your account entirely and create a brand-new one. But removing and reinstalling the app itself tends to produce good enough reset results.
Additional Tips for Resetting Your TikTok FYP
Here are some final pointers to help breathe new life into your FYP after resetting it:
- Temporarily follow popular TikTok accounts with lots of engagement. Their videos will flood your FYP at first. But it injects variety and you can unfollow them later.
- Tap the sparkle icon on videos you truly love to add them to your Favorites section. These become the baseline for recommendations.
- Check back in your FYP feed every few hours. Actively tap through and engage with fresh videos you enjoy to keep steering suggestions.
- Take occasional breaks from TikTok, such as a few hours or a full day. This prevents your FYP from going stale if you overconsume content.
- If suggestions seem stuck in a loop, try toggling between wifi and mobile data. Changing networks can nudge new recommendations.
- Understand that patience is required. It takes consistent signals over several days before results fully take effect. So stick with the process!
If you’ve tried all the other steps and your FYP still shows mostly irrelevant videos, your account settings may need to be double checked. Issues like having a restricted account can prevent you from seeing a wide variety of content.
For more details, see our article on why your TikTok FYP is not showing videos you like. This covers additional account factors that impact what reaches your feed.
Troubleshoot FYP Loading Issues
If your For You Page is having issues loading new content or seems stuck refreshing, there may be a technical problem. Our guide on what to do if your TikTok FYP stops working or won’t load covers the main troubleshooting tips.
This includes fixing problems like videos not playing, feed not refreshing with new content, or the app freezing up. Checking these basic technical issues can help get your FYP running smoothly again.
Reset Your TikTok FYP Anytime It Gets Stale
As you can see, resetting your TikTok FYP is straightforward. The key is clearing your history, updating account signals, or installing the app fresh.
Follow this guide anytime suggestions get repetitive or irrelevant. Wiping the slate clean helps keep your For You feed interesting!
And remember – actively engage with videos by liking, sharing, commenting, etc. That trains the TikTok algorithm on what you want to see.
So be proactive in curating your feed and you’ll unlock a never-ending stream of awesome TikTok content.
Have fun with the app!