If you’re a fervent TikToker and frequently post to keep up your stellar audience engagement, you’re probably using the Drafts section (or the Creator Studio that replaced it) to store your rough ideas. It’s a great way to keep and revisit content that needs that bit of extra work to be publish-worthy. However, you may find out TikTok beat you to the punch and posted the draft or deleted it without your consent. Or did it?
That’s the question and the horrifying experience many TikTokers claimed to fall victim to. TikTok hasn’t responded to these queries and no publications have managed to gather hard evidence to prove that TikTok is posting drafts. Yet, one too many users awakened to find their draft published. This article will explain if your TikTok creations are safe and how to safeguard your phone.
What You Need to Know About Drafts
The TikTok leak affair isn’t new. In 2020, there were reports of a draft leak. Users noticed videos from a particular user with no account name displayed. In case you’re new to TikTok, when you tap on the profile name on a video, you’re taken to their account. Here, that action took you to your own account.
Since then, similar reports resurface each year.
Generally speaking, your TikTok creations should be safe and sound on your device so long as you keep it updated and don’t delete the app.
While there have been many inconsistent rumors on what TikTok, the company’s statement on maintaining data security is pretty clear. That means that everything that should stay private is inaccessible to third parties.
So far, there have been no definitive reports of leaked or deleted drafts that have been widespread enough to warrant panic.
Additionally, drafts aren’t uploaded to TikTok’s servers. They’re kept in local storage or cache.
The reason for the mystery surrounding this issue might be a lack of technical knowledge. Let’s look at what may cause video drafts to be published without consent.
Common Reasons Why TikTok Drafts Might Disappear
Many variables could cause drafts to disappear. The first one to consider is human error. TikTok and other phone-based platforms are manipulated in error constantly—from hitting the wrong button to accidentally scheduling a post. The fact is, there’s no way to check what happened if the user only becomes aware of the consequences through a third party.
Since drafts and unscheduled posts are kept on the phone they’re recorded on, it’s best to start from there.
Device or Wi-Fi Issues
Wi-Fi can have its moments of erratic behaviour, and devices aren’t error-free, so a glitch here and there might just end up costing you a draft. Here are some of the most common examples:
- Weak Wi-Fi Connection: When you schedule a draft, your device needs an internet connection to create a scheduled post. If Wi-Fi fails at a crucial time, the post might not get scheduled properly and get reposted instead.
- Outdated Device: Check if your device still supports the current TikTok version even if you’ve had it running consistently. You may have to update the app or your phone.
- Overloaded Device: A device that can’t handle another single thing may be the issue. Check the data used in your settings to clear out what you don’t need anymore.
- Uncleared Cache: Clear the cache in TikTok and other apps to help your device along.
- App Bugs and Glitches: Finally, glitches and bugs are common for any app. Reporting the problem to TikTok is all you can do for this. If It’s a real issue, the company will be flooded with complaints so naturally they’d have to address it.
What Not to Do?
One of the most frequent fixes for apps not working properly is to uninstall and reinstall the app. Unfortunately, this is precisely what not to do if you want to keep your drafts. Since drafts are being kept in internal storage, reinstalling the app will remove this data.
If you ever encounter a problem with TikTok and want to refresh the app, you’ll need to offload your drafts somewhere so they can be safe.
How to Move Drafts from TikTok
The best way to keep your drafts safe is to back them up in device storage, specifically your Camera Roll or Gallery. Here’s how to do that:
- Open TikTok and go to your Drafts.
- Select the draft you want to save.
- Tap on “More options.”
- Select “Save video” or a variation of it.
- Double-check that you’re saving to local storage rather than the app.
If you repeat this for all drafts you want to preserve, you should have a backup in your Gallery the next time you happen to reinstall the app. This also allows you to offload your videos to other apps or a PC for more editing before they can be posted.
How to Delete Drafts on TikTok
If these rumors have made you reconsider keeping your drafts on the app, you can remove them:
- Go to Drafts in your app.
- Tap “Select.”
- Pick the draft you want to remove.
- Select “Delete.”
- Confirm the choice.
Why I Can’t Find TikTok Drafts?
If you’ve upgraded your phone and installed TikTok on your new device, you might be worried when you see that your drafts are gone. However, this is normal.
Since drafts are kept in local storage, moving between devices also means those drafts won’t move. Even if you have the same TikTok account on all the devices, you’ll need to transfer the drafts manually, perhaps by offloading them to the Gallery and sending the files.
Common Technical Fixes and Safeguards
Here are some simple steps to help you keep your phone updated and minimize the chance of errors.
Ensure a Good Wi-Fi Connection
- When you’re recording, make sure you aren’t too far away from the router.,
- Make sure other appliances or walls are not between you and the device or are too close.
- Restart the router which should be first.
- Check for firmware updates.
- Reset the router to default but understand it will erase custom settings.
- Upgrade the router.
Fix Data Issues
- Check for sufficient storage on your device.
- Clear the cache on your device.
- Restart the phone.
- Stop other apps from running in the background.
Clear an Overloaded Device
- Stop any programs or apps running in the background that can use up your space.
- Delete unnecessary apps and files you aren’t using.
- Upgrade your device or add a microSD card for more storage.
These are maintenance steps that people should do and probably don’t. Hey, not everyone is tech-responsible, not even gadget lovers! Much like with personal hygiene, some preventative steps on your phone will keep it healthy and running for a long time.
Shooting for social media fame means getting caught up in the optics. The right dance steps, our highest hit note, modeling trends, or showing our latest shopping haul. To keep it looking good, you must maintain the back end. That’s your device function and connectivity first.
Stay Safe Recording and Saving Drafts on TikTok
When you’re putting your talent out there for the world to see, record with discretion. Keep any content that’s recorded on your device something you wouldn’t mind others seeing. This way, a published draft isn’t the end of the world. If a draft does end up getting posted at the wrong time, you can delete the post. Or do what some other users have done and make more behind-the-scenes content from it. It can even boost your audience engagement.
What do you think about TikTok data security and are there any features the app should introduce? Leave a comment and let us know about your TikTok experience.