How Many People Can You Follow on TikTok?

Ivana

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Table of Contents
  1. How many people can you follow on TikTok in total?
  2. How many people are you allowed to follow on TikTok per day and per hour?
  3. How long does the “You are following too fast” message last?
  4. How to get rid of the “You are following too fast” error message?
  5. Does following a bunch of people on TikTok can get you shadowbanned?
  6. Wrap up

How Many People Can You Follow on TikTok?

If you are looking to grow your TikTok followers, one way is to follow people in hopes they will follow you back.

However, there are limits to how many people you can follow on TikTok at once. If you are trying to follow too many people in a short period of time, TikTok may limit you. Also, if you are trying to follow too many people in general, TikTok will also put on the brakes.

But what exactly are the limits to people who you want to follow on TikTok? Below, we’ll explore how many TikTok accounts you are allowed to follow on TikTok and everything you need to know about the follow limits on TikTok.

How many people can you follow on TikTok in total?

TikTok allows you to follow up to 10,000 accounts in total. This number is totally reasonable if we take into consideration other social media platforms too. For example, Facebook allows you to have up to 5,000 friends, and Instagram lets you follow 7,500 people.

The 10,000 limit makes sense and is in line with the limitations of the platforms. Although you may be a TikTok super user, with the average TikTok video length of 15 seconds, it would take you over 41 hours just to watch a single video from each person if you follow 10,000 creators. So realistically speaking, there’s no practical reason you would want to follow more than 10,000 TikTok accounts.

Another reason why TikTok has put a follow limit is to prevent spammers from following tens of thousands of people with the aim to receive follow back and push their products aggressively.

Besides the total follow limit, TikTok also limits how many people you can follow based on time.

How many people can you follow on TikTok?

How many people are you allowed to follow on TikTok per day and per hour?

TikTok allows you to follow around 25 to 30 accounts per hour and no more than 200 accounts per day in order to prevent spamming and malicious activity.

If you’ve been adding people too fast, you’ll get the message “You are following too fast”. If you’ve exceeded the following limit, you’ll see the message “Limit reached you are unable to follow”.

However, the per day and per hour follow limits are not strictly defined. TikTok implies limits on an account-by-account basis. So, accounts that have been around for a while may be allowed to follow more TikTok users per day and hour. While new accounts that have not gained TikTok’s trust may be imposed a harsher following limit of 140 accounts in a single day.

How long does the “You are following too fast” message last?

The error messages saying that you are following too fast or that you’ve reached the follow limit should disappear within a few hours.

However, the exact time depends on the per-account basis. If you have been exceeding the limit faster and triggering the error messages more frequently, your account may be restricted longer.

Also, if you start following people immediately after the restriction is lifted, your account may be restricted longer.

Bonus read: How to Fix: "Why Won't TikTok Let Me Like Videos?"

How to get rid of the “You are following too fast” error message?

Apart from waiting for the restriction to pass, you can also clear the TikTok cache, or follow the steps below to report it to TikTok.

  1. Open the TikTok app and tap on the ‘Profile’ icon to go to your TikTok profile.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines menu in the top-right corner and select ‘Settings and privacy’.
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Report a problem’.
  4. On the next page, tap on the “Following too fast” in the Popular section
  5. Under the ‘Is your problem solved?’, tap on ‘No’.
  6. You can also tap on ‘Need more help?’, which will lead you to a page where you can explain your problem and attach screenshots.
  7. In the end, tap on ‘Report’.

TikTok will review your feedback and resolve your issue as soon as possible.

Does following a bunch of people on TikTok can get you shadowbanned?

Although there’s no official statement from TikTok regarding this, it appears that following a lot of people in a short period of time can get you shadowbanned on TikTok. This is because exceeding the following limit is considered spammy behavior and spammy behavior can get you shadowbanned.

Wrap up

TikTok allows you to follow up to 10,000 accounts in total. Additionally, you can follow around 25 to 30 accounts per hour and no more than 200 accounts per day. TikTok puts these following limits in order to prevent spammy and malicious behavior on the platform.

If you get the “You are following too fast” error message, it means you have been following a bunch of accounts in a short period of time. The restriction should be lifted in a few hours, depending on the account activity.

You can also report the problem to TikTok to get the issue resolved. However, it’s highly recommended that you follow TikTok’s community guidelines regarding how many accounts you can follow.

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