TikTok Discover Tab Gone Missing? Here’s How to Fix It

In a Nutshell

To fix the Discover tab missing on TikTok, you have to log out of your account. TikTok displays the Discover button for users that are not signed into an account. Therefore, once you sign out, you should be able to see the button.

Alternatively, you can access the Discover page from TikTok’s website.

TikTok is a great platform to find all sorts of videos ranging from funny clips to dance videos. The app used to have a Discover section where users could watch trending videos, hashtags, and songs.

For many users, including myself, the Discover button has gone missing. If you’re facing the same issue as well, you may be wondering what happened to the Discover button and why you can’t see it.

TikTok released an update in May 2022 that replaced the Discover tab at the bottom with a new Friends tab.

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The Friends section allows you to view posts from your friends, including all the users that you follow. It also displays videos from suggested accounts that you might find interesting.

Due to this change, the Discover section is no longer available for many users on TikTok, but there is a way to bring it back with a neat little trick.

How to fix Discover tab missing in TikTok

1. Sign out of your account

Although the Discover tab has been replaced by the “Friends” tab in TikTok, you might be glad to know that there is a way to get it back again.

The trick is to log out of your TikTok account and use the app as a guest. 

When you sign out and use TikTok without an account, the app displays the Discover button and you should be able to use the feature again.

2. Create a new account

If the method above does not work for you, then you can try creating a new account.

TikTok seems to show the Discover button for some accounts which makes me believe that they are currently beta testing the new Friends. As such, if you create a new account, chances are that the account may have access to the old Discover section.

Here’s how to create a new account on TikTok:

  1. Go to your profile and tap on the menu icon.
  2. Select Settings and privacy.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Log out.
  4. Now go back to the Profile tab and TikTok will prompt you to create an account.
  5. Create a new account and check if the Discover button is present for your account.

3. Access the Discover section from TikTok’s website

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Fortunately, the Discover page is still available on TikTok’s website.

To access it, open a web browser and navigate to www.tiktok.com/discover.

Once you go to that page, you should be able to see all the trending hashtags, videos, and accounts.

Wrapping Up

The Discover section has gone missing for many users which have left them wondering what happened to it. It seems that TikTok is replacing it with a new Friends tab that lets you watch all the new videos posted by the accounts that you follow.

Fortunately, it is possible to get access to the Discover section by signing out of your account and using TikTok as a guest.

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Ali Mahdi

Ali Mahdi is the founder of CyberTips and a seasoned software developer. His expertise lies in programming, cryptocurrency trading, and social media marketing. In addition to CyberTips, Ali has written for other prominent blogs in the past for 5+ years, including iDrop News, Redmond Pie, iPhone Hacks, and iDownloadBlog.