There are tons of great content on TikTok from awesome dances, amazing acting, great lip-syncing, and a variety of other types of content. However, not all this content is available to you depending on where you live. This is due to the TikTok algorithm which is based on your location, or IP address. Therefore, changing your region/ location/ country can open up your TikTok world. Plus, you can even try marketing to an international audience.
Background of The App
To put it briefly, TikTok is a short video-sharing social media platform on your phone. TikTok users can post TikTok videos that are 15 seconds to 3 minutes in length. There are many filters, stickers, as well as the ability to trim video that people can do on the TikTok app. Plus, anyone can download the app from the App Store for Apple iPhones, or Google Play for Android devices. And there are comments sections where you can interact with other users, as well as give and receive likes.
The app is owned by ByteDance, which is a company based in China. This company first released Douyin which is a version of TikTok carter to the Chinese audience only. This app came to be in 2016, with TikTok following a year after but to locations outside of China. It was not until 2018 when this previous version merged with the popular app at the time, that went by the name Musical.ly. After this merge TikTok went international, becoming a worldwide giant in the realm of social media.
But due to the structure of the app, you can be limited in the type of content that you view. This is why many people would want workarounds to see how people from other countries use this app. As well as what type of content they post. Plus, aiming for an audience outside of your TikTok region could help grow your TikTok profile since you are not limited to where you live. There are a few workarounds, and we will get into them now.
How to Change Your TikTok Region/ Location/ Country on PC?
There are several ways that you can open up your content viewing world with TikTok on your PC or Mac. The most popular way is by ,using a VPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that is designed to protect your data from hackers while you are using either public or private Wi-Fi. However, a VPN can also give you the ability to track not only TikTok by other services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime to think that you are in a different country when you are not.
People use VPNs to watch content that they do not have access to in their location. This can include movies, TV series, etc. on the streaming sites. There are many great VPN services, with one of the best VPN being ExpressVPN. Plus, there are many free VPNs or well-known brands that give you a free trial to see if this is for you or not. Regardless, which one you end up using, all of them are user-friendly.
What you do is that you download the VPN you want, and log into it. Then you go to change location and pick the country you want to virtually check out. The VPN will route you to it. Now, your TikTok account can go international.
Another Way to Watch New Content
However, there is a strong downside to using a VPN when it comes to TikTok. And, that is that TikTok does not use your IP address to figure out your location. Instead, it uses your sim card. Therefore, using a VPN will not work in this regard. It can work if you are using an emulator on your laptop or computer, but not too well on your mobile phone. To deal with this issue you can get another sim card from the area that you want to visit.
If you are really into TikTok and want to explore all that it has to offer, then we would suggest that you get a dual sim phone. This is so that you can switch between the two easily. When you use the other sim card, TikTok will believe that you are in a different region. Hence, showing you content from that country. You should opt to get an international sim card to view content from other countries.
Another way to change the TikTok region is by changing the, language on the app. When you add language to the app, it will presume that you are most likely elsewhere. Plus, you would not need anything outside of the app to achieve this goal. What you need to do is open TikTok, and press the “me” icon that is in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. This will take you to your profile. From here you will tap on the three dots in the top right corner of your screen to go to the menu.
Look for the account section of the menu and below the headline, you will find the content preferences. Pressing this can take you to the slide where you can change your “native language.” We would suggest that you know how to read this native language since going back to the original language is difficult to do when you do not understand the words.
How to Get a Similar Result Through the Search Bar?
If you are not into messing with your settings, your changing languages, or getting a VPN then there is an old-school way that you can view the content for other countries. And, that is by typing certain hashtags in the search bar of TikTok. TikTok’s algorithm takes into account the types of content you are interacting with. Therefore, if you search for other countries and view the videos, like the videos, as well as comment on them enough time TikTok will give you what you told them you want to see.
To access the search bar on the TikTok mobile app you must tap on the magnifying glass icon that is in the lower-left side of the app. It is called “Discover” and it is here that you type in the hashtags you want to check out.
Likewise, you can do the same on their site. There is a search bar at the top of the home page. Here you type in the country and it will take you to the top videos in the hashtag. Something that is also very useful on the site is that you can click on the tab called “accounts” where there is a list of users you can follow from the region you are looking at.
This workaround may take the most time to do when compared to the others. However, it can be a fun adventure. The thing is that you would have to get creative with hashtags which can also help your TikTok account grow. Plus, you never know what you will come across. An experiment you can do is to go down the rabbit hole of TikTok.
This means that you type in a country that you are interested in and watch the first video. Then press on one of the hashtags above the comment sections. Keep repeating this until you get tired. Also, follow the users whose content you enjoyed watching before moving on to the next hashtag as to not lose them in the rabbit hole.
Find More People to Follow
You can also research well-known TikTokers from the areas you are interested in. Once you find out who they are or if you know already then give them a quick follow. Then while you are on their profile, you can check out their followers’ list. Here you will see who follows that content creator and if they are in the region you are interested in you can give them a follow. Do this a few times by following other users.
The well-known TikToker is more of a springboard for you to tell TikTok what regional content you are interested in viewing. However, make sure that their location says the country that you are interested in viewing from. Following these users not only helps them out, but it also helps you out. You are telling TikTok which type of content you are watching and interested in watching. Therefore, they will give more to you.
Other Reasons to View International Content
While expanding your views is a worthwhile adventure there are other aspects to wanting to view content from other countries. For one, it can be for research to see how other people live, and use the app. Another could be that you are bored with what is trending in your country. And, you may even try your luck reaching out to an audience that is outside of your location. However, you would want to research what they are doing, and how they are doing it.
Every country has its own style as well as its sense of humor. This is important to know and understand if you want them to be your new target audience. Another reason people would want to check out other countries is to get inspiration from them. This can be in terms of ideas, editing styles, and content in general. Expanding one’s TikTok view is not at all a bad thing to do, and it can be worth your time to see what is out there.
Aiming for an “International Audience”
When it comes to wanting to expand your reach to a wider audience you would have to make content that they would want to watch. As we mentioned, doing research can go a long way in this regard. But, what also helps is to create original content that is fun to watch. Plus, it may even have some educational factors such as showing the differences between the country you live in and one that you visited. This can be done in a humorous way without mocking either one.
Another important aspect of becoming a TikTok influencer regardless of the country you are aiming for is consistency. This is true in the beginning when your views, likes, comments, and the following count is not yet as high as you want them to be. Consistency is something that can drive many creators to burn out so be careful of that. It is posting at regular intervals to tell the TikTok world that you are active, alive, and posting. It can also tell them that you have a lot to say or something to show. Make sure you use the right hashtags to get your content out there.
The Downside of Changing Regions on TikTok
When it comes to the upsides of doing something, there can be downsides too. The downside of changing your region in settings is that you will miss out on what the users in your location are up to. This may not be important since trends tend to be international a lot of the time. But, it may matter if you are looking to collaborate with users that are close to you in an attempt to build your audience. But, you can always switch back to your native region to see what is up.
Our suggestion for the best method would be the old-school one of searching for users to follow as well as hashtags to find. This is the one that adds more excitement and a sense of discovery. Plus, you would be using the app as it is without any add-ons. Another thing is that when your country interests change then your settings do not have to. You would just type in new country names, hashtags and start the process again. This method allows for flexibility as well as to also check in on your own location.
While we would suggest that you get a VPN, this is much more for safety reasons than TikTok traveling. And changing languages could be a great idea if you know enough of the language to not get lost and frustrated with the app. The latter could be a great tool for learning a new language. As long as you know how to change back to the original one. You may want to consider taking screenshots after you change the language so that you can figure out how to get to that setting again.
Or you can just use Google Translate or look it up online too. Exploring content from around the world is a worthwhile thing to do. Certainly so from the comfort of your own home. You can see a lot, learn a lot, laugh, and even be confused. But, that is the joy of TikTok traveling. Either way, have fun with the app and let the world inspire you to create amazing as well as original content.
At the end of the day that is the point for a lot of TikTok users. While others just want to see how the rest of the world entertain themselves and each other using TikTok. Happy virtual traveling while going through TikTok accounts and hashtags without planning for a ticket.