How to Recover Lost Drafts on Tiktok? Know the Steps Here

To recover lost drafts on TikTok, check the "Deleted" folder in the Drafts tab on the app. For mobile devices, try the backup process, and for PCs, check the recycle bin or trash.

by T Santhosh

Updated Apr 01, 2024

How to Recover Lost Drafts on Tiktok? Know the Steps Here

Recover Lost Drafts on Tiktok

To recover lost drafts on TikTok, you need to use several techniques to recover deleted TikTok videos from any device, like a PC, SD card, Android, or iPhone. You might face difficulties when making videos on TikTok while accidentally deleting a video or losing it because of a system crash. So follow the steps for getting back your most deleted drafts and deleted TikTok videos.

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How to Recover Lost Drafts on Tiktok?

  • Launch the TikTok app, then go to your profile.
  • Select the "Drafts" tab.
  • Click the "Deleted" folder by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
  • Verify whether the drafts you deleted are still available.
  • TikTok automatically keeps a copy of your deleted drafts in the photo or video gallery on your device.
  • You may need to use a data recovery program to retrieve your lost drafts if you're still having trouble finding them.
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For Smartphones

Follow these steps to find deleted TikTok drafts on your phone:

  • Go to the album or gallery on your mobile device.
  • Find the TikTok folder in the gallery or album.
  • To access its contents, open the TikTok folder.
  • The deleted draft videos should be in this folder if you had enabled the "Save to album" feature before saving the TikTok drafts.

Also, another method of restoring deleted videos is a simple process if you have enabled backup for your TikTok videos. Android users can use Google Drive or any other cloud storage service, but iOS users are limited to using iCloud backup as the default option. You can also use an external hard drive or a PC to backup your TikTok videos. The most reliable approach is to restore deleted videos from a backup, because backups include both current and lost files. 

Steps for Android Backup 

  • On your device, just open the Google Photos app 
  • To access the menu, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner.
  • Click "Trash." 
  • All the images and videos that you deleted in the last sixty days are shown here.
  • Find the TikTok video you wish to recover, then tap on it.
  • Click the "Restore" button located in the bottom-right corner.
  • Your Google Photos library will retrieve the video from its original location.
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Steps for iPhone Backup 

  • On your iPhone, open the Photos app.
  • Click the "Albums" tab located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Locate and tap the "Recently Deleted" album by scrolling down.
  • The videos you've deleted in the last 30 days will be shown. Choose the TikTok video that needs to be recovered.
  • Press the "Recover" button located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Your TikTok video will be back in your camera roll and available on the TikTok app.

For PC 

Data Recovery from the Trash or Recycle Bin

  • If you've deleted a TikTok video from your Mac or PC, check by looking in the Trash or Recycle Bin.
  • Depending on your operating system, the Recycle Bin or Trash folder is where your computer keeps deleted TikTok videos.
  • To recover the video, right-click on it and choose "Restore" or "Put Back."
  • On your computer, the video will be restored to its original location.
  • You will require other techniques to retrieve the video if you have emptied the trash or recycle bin.
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For SD Card

Using a card reader, connect your SD card to your PC. Use a data recovery program, then choose the SD card from the accessible drives list. After the scan is finished, locate the TikTok drafts folder and choose the ones you want to recover. Finally, check if the restored drafts are now available in the TikTok app.

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How Do TikTok Drafts Get Lost?

TikTok drafts can be lost for many reasons, like accidentally deleting them. Sometimes, you may unintentionally delete drafts when you're trying to free up space on your device. App issues are another factor. You could also lose your draft if the TikTok app crashes while you’re recording or uploading a video.

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This can be frustrating, particularly if you've worked on it for a while. Problems can also arise from software updates. Sometimes, updating the software on your phone can cause data loss, including TikTok drafts. You may lose your drafts if there is a problem with your device, such as hardware problems or other glitches.

If you upload a TikTok video and your internet connection drops out, the video may not be saved correctly, and you may lose the draft. These factors can all lead to the loss of your TikTok drafts, so it's important to be aware of them and take measures to keep your data safe.

App Deletion Consequences 

There may be consequences if you delete the TikTok app, since it may affect your drafts. All of your drafts will be gone if you delete the TikTok app from your phone. Any videos or other content you were working on but hadn't released will also be deleted. It's important to remember that you cannot retrieve your drafts from the app, not even if you immediately delete and reinstall it. This is due to the fact that TikTok drafts are saved as data in your phone's memory rather than within the app itself.

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This data is also erased when you uninstall or reinstall an app, which also results in the loss of your drafts. As a result, save your TikTok draft videos to your device because you lose your drafts when you log out of your TikTok account. Any drafts you haven't saved will be deleted when you log out. To ensure you don't lose any content, it's important to save all of your drafts to your phone before logging out of the app or deleting it.

How to Create Drafts on TikTok?

  • Open TikTok, then to access the camera screen, click the plus button. 
  • You can upload a video from your gallery or record one using the pink record button.
  • After tapping the pink tick, select "Next."
  • On the lower left corner of the screen, click the "Drafts" button.
  • Your draft will show up in a designated folder at the top of your profile page after it has been saved.
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To Edit Drafts 

  • After creating your video, select "Drafts" to save your draft.
  • Click on the "Drafts" folder after opening your profile page.
  • Tapping on the draft will allow you to edit.
  • To edit or make changes, press the back button located at the upper left corner and then select "Continue recording."
  • Add more music, filters, clips, and effects as you wish. 
  • To edit your clips, stickers, or captions, tap the pink checkmark.
  • Click Next to edit the video cover image, add hashtags, and modify privacy settings.
  • Press the "Drafts" button to save it as a draft again, and then click "Post" to save it to your profile.


Users can store their videos in the TikTok app before sharing them by using the drafts function. The video you create gets saved in the Drafts section of your account, where it is only accessible to you with privacy.  Your work can be saved as drafts while you're making interesting videos for TikTok.

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With the help of this feature, you may revisit your video at any time, make any required adjustments, and publish it when you're ready. It just makes it a lot simpler for creators to modify and preview their work before releasing it. 

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