How to reset your TikTok For You page

Ever feel like your "For You" page is stuck in a weird content rut? It doesn’t have to stay that way. Here’s how to reset your For You page.
Luke Hopewell · 09 February 2024 · 5 minute read

Feel like your "For You" page is stuck in a content rut? Here’s how to reset your TikTok algorithm for a fresh start.

Step 1: The Refresh Dance

TikTok actually offers a built-in "Refresh Your For You Feed" option. Think of it as a gentle nudge, not a complete overhaul. Here's how to find it:

  1. Open the app and tap your profile pic (bottom right).
  2. Click the three lines (top right) and choose "Settings and privacy."
  3. Scroll down to "Content preferences" and hit "Refresh Your For You feed."
  4. Tap "Refresh" with confidence (remember, this can't be undone, so think twice if you love your current cat-tastic feed).

Step 2: The Cache Cleanse (Like Detoxing for Your Phone)

Sometimes, your phone holds onto data that keeps the algorithm stuck in its ways. A cache cleanse can work wonders:

  1. Go back to "Settings and privacy."
  2. Scroll down to "Cache & Cellular data."
  3. Tap "Free up space" and hit "Clear" next to "Cache." Voila, a clean slate!

Step 3: The Follow Frenzy (Choose Wisely)

Who you follow shapes your feed! So:

  1. Ditch accounts you've outgrown.
  2. Actively seek out content you love. Search for hashtags, explore trending sounds, and follow creators in your interests.

Step 4: The Engagement Tango (Like, Comment, Share with Gusto!)

The algorithm values interaction. Show it what you like:

  1. Like videos you enjoy (especially those from new creators you want to see more of).
  2. Leave thoughtful comments (showing genuine interest is better than generic "OMG").
  3. Share videos you truly love with friends (spreading the love helps similar content reach you).

Step 5: The Patience Play (It's Not Instant Magic)

Remember, the algorithm is a learning beast. These tips won't instantly transform your feed, but consistent effort will guide it in the right direction. So, keep exploring, engaging, and refreshing, and soon you'll be swimming in a personalised content ocean (minus the catnado, if that's your wish).

Bonus Tip: Feeling super adventurous? Create a new account focused solely on your desired interests. It's like a blank canvas for the algorithm to learn your preferences from scratch!

By Luke Hopewell

Editor, tech expert and Senior Specialist Writer at Telstra Exchange

Luke Hopewell is an editor, tech expert and Senior Specialist Writer at Telstra Exchange. Luke joined Telstra in 2019 where he has had the privilege to help bring stories to life in a unique and human way. He was previously the head of editorial at Twitter Australia and the editor of cult tech site Gizmodo. For over a decade, Luke’s passion for technology has always driven him to seek out the latest gadgets and game-changers, and help others to understand how it all works. In another life he was a cyber security specialist where he sought to educate people about how to stay safe online. When he's not writing, he's getting outdoors and patting all the nice dogs he meets.