How to DM (Direct Message) People on TikTok?

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How to DM (Direct Message) People on TikTok?

Do you want to send someone a DM (direct message) on TikTok?

You can do that, but TikTok doesn’t make it immediately; obviously, how to do it.

Unlike other social media platforms, TikTok doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on direct messaging.

This guide will help you figure out how to send someone a direct message on TikTok.

How to DM (Direct Message) people on TikTok?

Go to the person’s TikTok profile and tap on “Message”. It’s a button right under that person’s profile name. Type in your message and tap on the message arrow to send the message.

Follow the steps below to send someone a DM on TikTok:

  1. Tap on the “Add Friend” button
  2. Search for your friend
  3. Tap on “Message”
  4. Send them a message

You’ll learn where to go and what options to select to talk to someone.

Keep reading to find out how!

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How to DM (Direct Message) People on TikTok?

How Can You DM Someone on TikTok?

It’s simple.

Go to the person’s TikTok profile and tap on “Message”. It’s a button right under that person’s profile name.

Type in your message and tap on the message arrow to send the message.

That’s it. That’s how you send a direct message to someone.

They might have done it on purpose if you can’t send someone a direct message.

TikTok has an option called “Who can send you direct messages” that people can use to tailor their availability to direct messaging.

If they select “Nobody, ” no one can DM them.

If they select “Friends”, only friends can DM them. If you’re not friends with them, you won’t be able to DM them.

The “Everyone” option means anyone can DM that person. 

By default, TikTok sets the “Friends” option for direct messaging.

Follow the steps below to send someone a DM on TikTok:

  • Tap on the “Add Friend” button
Tap on the “Add Friend” button
Tap on the “Add Friend” button

Open TikTok and go to your Profile. 

Then, look in the top-left corner for the “Add Friend” button.

It looks like a human silhouette with a “+” next to it.

Tap on it to open the “Find Friends” page.

This is the only way you can find your friends on TikTok.

  • Search for your friend
Search for your friend
Search for your friend

You’ll get to the “Find Friends” page.

Type in your friend’s name in the field there and hit Go.

When you find your friend, tap on their name on their profile.

You’ll get many results, including people you don’t know that bear a name similar to your friend’s.

The first result should be your friend, though.

  • Tap on “Message”
Tap on “Message”
Tap on “Message”

When you open your friend’s profile, you’ll see the “Message” button under their name.

Previously, you had to go through several other steps to DM someone on TikTok.

But recently, TikTok made it easier to message others.

The DM button is now on the other person’s profile, easily accessible to anyone.

After you select it, you’ll be taken to the chat page where you can send the messages.

  • Send them a message
Send them a message
Send them a message

This is it. Now you can send your friend a direct message.

Type in your message and tap on the arrow button next to the message field.

This will send the message to the other person.

If the other person doesn’t follow you back on TikTok, you won’t be able to send them a message.

The “Only friends can send messages to each other” error will appear when you try sending them a message.

You can only wait for them to follow you back and accept your friend request.

If they have other social media accounts, try contacting them there.

Conclusion

It’s easy to DM someone on TikTok.

Look up their profile and tap on “Message”. It’s that simple.

You don’t need to look through the settings and find some hidden features.

It’s out there in the open – look for your friend with the “Find Friend” function and then message them.

TikTok restricts people from sending direct messages if they’re less than 16 years old.

Moreover, you won’t be able to send direct messages to anyone unless they’re your friend.

Or if they changed the “Who can send you direct messages” setting to “Everyone”.

Almost no one does that, so it’ll be useless to try and send someone you don’t know a direct message.

How do you know if someone has read your message on TikTok?

You don’t. Senders don’t know if the recipients have read their messages on TikTok.

Unlike Facebook or Instagram, TikTok doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on direct messaging.

Even if you send a media file, you won’t know if the other person has opened it or not.

You can only wait for them to reply to your message or react to your media file.

Are direct messages on TikTok private?

Yes, they are. Only the recipient can see your direct message and no one else.

Not even TikTok has access to your direct messages, theoretically.

Even if your profile is public, direct messages are always private.

It doesn’t matter what privacy options you have selected because you can’t make direct messages public.

Someone would have to screenshot the conversation to go public with the messages.

That’s the only way those messages will ever reach the public.

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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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