People have various opinions on the creation and user of smartphones. Some say it’s an important invention that has saved/ improved the lives of millions, while others claim it’s a useless device only used to waste precious time. Although both sides presented commendable arguments, it’s obvious that the latter statement is not entirely correct. Yes, it’s true that despite whatever the true intention behind the invention of smartphones was, it’s being widely misused today.
In a few words, smartphones were invented to make people’s work easier and save valuable time that was otherwise spent on research. However, don’t we all agree that instead of utilizing the said saved time, we spend it looking for ways to entertain ourselves on those same smartphones?
For example, the ideal smartphone should only consist of mostly system apps like calendar, calculator, clock, and messages for urgent communication. Most third-party apps are designed to entertain or to waste time. Apps like Netflix, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook can’t exactly be categorized as productivity apps, can they?
Let’s say you searched for the name of a celebrity you just found out about. Now, a normal search ends right there, and one usually gets to their other tasks for the day. However, that’s not what generally happens.
You search for, let’s say, Robert Pattinson. You first check his age and the other movies he’s worked in. Then you see the trailers of other films he’s worked in. You then look for social media sites where he’s active. While he doesn’t seem to use Instagram and Facebook all that much, he does seem to love tweeting random lines from Shakespearean literature.
Well, you don’t have a Twitter account yet, but that can change, right? After all, that’s the only place where you might find this celebrity’s current content. So, you make a Twitter account and spend an hour going through all his past tweets and liking them all.
Did you notice a pattern in there? Let us explain.
At first, you got the useful information you wanted in under three seconds. However, the next three hours were spent wasting the time you saved anyway. You didn’t need to look at his life story or his social media; you did that all on your own.
To use the internet the way it was intended to be used, one must practice strict moderation. As long as you don’t have a couple of hours with absolutely nothing to do, use a timer for all social media sites on the internet. Social media is fun, but we don’t need too much fun daily, right?
In today’s blog, we’ll talk about how you can deactivate your TikTok account temporarily. Read on until the end of this blog to learn all about it.
How to Deactivate TikTok Temporarily
TikTok is one of the most beloved platforms around the world, especially among teenagers. Its entire algorithm is designed to entertain and engage the users, so it’s no surprise that the users spend a surprising amount of time on the platform.
If you, as a user, don’t have a timer on the TikTok app on your smartphone yet, you’re too far behind. We aren’t saying that it’s wrong to use the app; to each their own form of entertainment. All we want you to do is be aware of what you’re using. If you’re still using TikTok, knowing what you’re engaging in is essentially mindless media consumption, then you’re at least responsible for what happens.
One way to measure just how much time you’re spending on TikTok and analyze your overall everyday life is just to take a break. Deactivate your TikTok account just for a little while. If you want to deactivate your account, we’ve got you.
However, keep in mind that TikTok deletes your account after 30 days of deactivation. A break is necessary, but ensure that you can decide at that time.
Here’s how to deactivate your TikTok account temporarily
Step 1: Launch TikTok on your smartphone and log in to your account.
Step 2: The first screen that you’ll see is your Home page. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see several icons. Tap on the icon at the extreme right, which will take you to your Profile.
Step 3: On your Profile, tap on the hamburger icon at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 4: From the two options that appear, tap on Settings and privacy.
Step 5: On the next page, tap on the first option called Manage account.
Step 6: The last option on that screen is Delete account. Tap on it.
Step 7: The next page is Why are you TikTok? Tap on the first option called I’m leaving temporarily.
Step 8: Next, you’ll be asked to download your data, and we recommend downloading it.
Step 9: Now, TikTok will give you some information about deleting your account. Press on Continue.
Confirm your deletion, and you’re good to go. Remember to log back in 30 days!
In the end
As we end of blog, let us recap all that we’ve talked about today.
If you’re going on a social media detox, it’s best to deactivate your accounts instead of deleting them. Deactivating your TikTok account is pretty easy, and we’ve laid out the steps for you, too!
If our blog has helped you, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments below!