Your Child Probably Doesn't Have a TikTok Password. How and Why To Set One 

By Jessica Jackson
August 8, 2023

If your child set up their own TikTok account, there’s a good chance they don’t have a TikTok password. You can create a TikTok account using just a phone number — which isn’t exactly a good password for TikTok.

As a parent, it’s a good idea to set a password that you know. That way, you can help them get back into a locked account, make sure they’re using a secure password, and link your child’s account to a parental monitoring tool.

Most importantly, if you have a password, you can access your child’s account even if you don’t have their device. This could be useful if you have safety concerns and need to check their account or change their password on TikTok.

But how do you do it? Here’s how to set up your child’s TikTok password.

How to Set a TikTok Password on Your Child’s Account

From your child’s phone:

  1. Open the TikTok app
  2. Go to Profile
  3. Touch the Menu button in the top right (three lines)
  4. Go to Settings and Privacy
  5. Tap Account
  6. Tap Password
  7. The app will send a code to your child’s cell phone number or email address. Enter that code when prompted.
  8. Create a password. Don’t forget to write it down! We recommend storing it in a password manager.

That’s it! Now you can help your child get into their account if they end up locked out, and you can check in on their TikTok usage if you have safety concerns.

While you’re there, now’s a good time to set up TikTok Family Sharing if you haven’t already. This feature allows you to link your account with your child’s so you can monitor their activity, set restrictions around who can chat with them, and set limits for their daily activity.

How to change your child’s password on TikTok

If you want to update your child’s password, the process is similar: navigate to Settings and Privacy, tap account, tap password, and enter the security code sent to your child’s phone number or email. Then, you’ll be able to change the password.

Keep in mind that a good password for TikTok (and any other account) hits the following metrics:

  • At least 12 characters long
  • Uses a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Uses numbers
  • Includes at least one special character, such as # or !
  • Hasn’t been used before

This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about password security. Explain to them why they shouldn’t use personal information in a password (like a birthdate or the name of their pet), and discuss best password practices together — such as never writing passwords down on a piece of paper, which can be easily misplaced.

It’s also a good idea to let your child know that they may not change any passwords without your permission. If you haven’t already done so, set up a digital device contract that covers device use and how to manage logins.


Adding a password to your child’s TikTok account is easy — all you need is your child’s phone. Use the password conversation as a way to talk about online security and why you should manage their logins until they’re older.

Having access to your child’s TikTok password can help them access their account if they get locked out, allows you to use monitoring tools like BrightCanary, and helps you check on their activity. As always, keep an open dialogue with your child about their social media activity and what to do if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable online.

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