If you’re an avid TikTok user, you may have encountered the frustrating “This post is age-protected” glitch. Just imagine auto-scrolling through your TikTok feed, enjoying the latest trends and funny videos, only to be met with a black screen and that dreaded message. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many adults have reported experiencing this issue on TikTok.
Understanding the Age Protection Feature on TikTok
TikTok, with its surge in popularity among teens and preteens, has implemented certain restrictions to protect its younger users from inappropriate content. As a result, certain TikTok videos are now being blocked and labeled as “age-protected.” This new feature aims to create a safer environment for the platform’s young audience.
Adults Facing Access Restrictions
While the age protection feature is necessary for young users, some adults have also found their access to certain content restricted. This may be a bug in the system. If you’re one of those adults encountering this issue, don’t worry – we’ve got a solution for you.
If You Are 18 or Older
If you’re an adult and can’t view age-restricted posts, there are a couple of reasons behind it. One possibility is that you unintentionally enabled the TikTok Restricted Mode feature or encountered a glitch. To turn off the age restriction on TikTok, follow these simple steps:
- Open TikTok and go to your profile.
- Click on the three lines in the top right corner and navigate to “Settings and Privacy.”
- Scroll down to “Digital Wellbeing” and select it.
- Locate the “Restricted Mode” section and turn it off.
Another common reason for receiving the error message is an incorrect age listed on your TikTok account. In such cases, you’ll need to contact TikTok support and request a change in your age. They may require supporting documents like a passport or driver’s license to verify your age.
If You Are Younger Than 18
For users under 18 who encounter the warning message “Post unavailable: This post is age-protected,” this isn’t an error. TikTok blocks certain content that they deem too graphic or mature for users in the 13-17 age group. This content blocking feature is automatically enabled and cannot be disabled.
In other words, if you’re younger than 18, there is no way to bypass the mature content filter on TikTok. While you can create a new account or use an existing 18+ account, it is not recommended.
Remember, TikTok has implemented these age restrictions and content filters to create a safe environment for all of its users. If you encounter any issues, be sure to follow the steps outlined above or reach out to TikTok support for further assistance.