How to Fix “Couldn’t upload video. The video was saved to your drafts” error on TikTok?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Fix “Couldn’t upload video. The video was saved to your drafts” error on TikTok?

Getting the “Couldn’t upload video” error on TikTok is never a fun experience, and I’m here to spare you the irritation.

Here’s how to fix it:

  1. Go to your Inbox
  2. Tap on Account Updates
  3. Check “System notification”
  4. Wait for that date to pass so you can post again

Are we done here? Oh, you need help following the steps above? Sure, check out my guide below! I’ve also included screenshots for additional help.

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How to Fix “Couldn’t upload video. The video was saved to your drafts” error on TikTok?

Why Can’t You Post on TikTok?

The “Couldn’t upload video. The video was saved to your drafts” error when TikTok temporarily blocks you from posting (you broke some community rules).

Depending on much you screwed up, you may be staring at a few days’ worth of posting restrictions. Next time, try not to break the rules…

But if you want to see the duration of the block, you need to go to Inbox – All Activity – From TikTok – Account updates.

Take a look below and follow my instructions to do this:

1. Go to your Inbox

TikTok inbox
TikTok inbox

Assuming you’ve opened TikTok already, find the “Inbox” icon in the bottom-right corner (to the left of the “Profile” icon) and select it.

2. Tap on Account Updates

TikTok Inbox - Account updates
TikTok Inbox – Account updates

Once you’re in the inbox, look for the “Account updates” header (see the screenshot above). Tap on it and you’ll be taken to a page where TikTok keeps you posted on the state of your account.

This includes your current and past screw-ups and the punishments for that. The notification you’re looking for should be a “System notification“, so look out for that.

It should say that you’re temporarily blocked from posting until X date. Unfortunately, you’re stuck with the punishment and there’s no way to avoid or shorten it.

You must wait for that date to pass to post again!

Got any questions or problems with any of the steps above? Reach out in the comments section and I’ll troubleshoot your issue!


What if I was blocked from posting by mistake?

This is the only case where you can fix the “Couldn’t upload a video” error.

You can contact TikTok support at this feedback form.

Tell them about your issue; you haven’t broken any community guidelines and want full access to your account.

You’ll need to enter your email address and username in the support form.

Alternatively, you can report a problem through the TikTok app.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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