USA telecom companies have confirmed that a VPN is not enough to bypass the TikTok ban. This is what you need if you want to use the app.
All USA sim cards have completely blocked from accessing the TikTok application post-ban. If you live in America and absolutely need to use the app, you will need the following things to get it to work.
It is important for us to note that we do not condone illegal activity in any way. Now that TikTok has been officially banned in the United States, accessing the application can be considered illegal and fines may apply to anyone who is caught doing it (but we’re not certain).
However, we do know that millions of influencers around the world used the app for business reasons and that this ban could devastate their livelihoods. If you’re one of those influencers, then you can use the step-by-step guide below to unlock TikTok and get back in touch with your audience.
STEP 1: Remove your USA-based sim card.
Your sim card is region locked, that means that banned apps like TikTok and WeChat will not work on them. However, there is a simple, albeit annoying, solution to this. Just remove the card from the phone.
Once you’ve removed the sim card from your phone you’ll need a good VPN to trick your phone into thinking it is outside of the USA.
STEP 2: Sign up for a premium VPN.
You absolutely need a VPN to bypass the ban as well. A VPN privately and securely routs your device through a network of servers tricking the device into thinking its in another country.
We highly recommend NordVPN. You get a plethora of other amazing services with NordVPN like NordLocker (secured cloud space) and NordPass (encrypted password management system) for no extra cost.
Want to bypass the TikTok ban? Sign up, download, sign in, pick your server and you’re done.
NordVPN also comes with a Plug n’ Play app that is super easy to use. You can install it directly from the App or Play Store. Once you’ve done that, it is as easy as login to your account, and picking your secure VPN server location. You can also access the dark web through the VPN, if you like.
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STEP 3: Create a non-USA store account.
You will need to have completed step 2 in order to activate a AppStore or Play Store account in another region.
Once you’ve got the NordVPN app installed just select a server in the region you want to create your App/Play Store account (ie. UK, Australia, or Canada) and proceed with the creation of the new account.
STEP 4: Download TikTok from the foreign store account.
After removing your USA-based sim card, downloading and installing the NordVPN app, and create a foreign App/Play Store account, you are ready to download the TikTok app.
Now that the TikTok app is banned can only be downloaded on foreign AppStore/Play Store accounts after ban and you will need a VPN to bypass region lock.
You should be able to log in with you own credentials unless the company has removed all its USA accounts from its servers, which is highly unlikely.
STEP 5: Create TikTok videos in areas with WiFI using the VPN.
Since you don’t have a sim card in your phone you will need to find areas with WiFi to upload your TikTok performance videos using NordVPN of course.
It’s best to save the videos and upload them once you’re home using your own WiFI and VPN.
STEP 6: Get an international sim card (optional)
If you really want to upload videos on the fly, the best option is to have an international sim card in your phone while using NordVPN.
You will need a sim card with international calling and data capabilities to unlock the app. International sim cards are not that expensive, but they can be if you’re not careful with your data usage. Since these sim cards are pre-paid, you don’t have to worry about racking up a massive bill.
Sadly, most foreign sim cards need to be activated in their respective countries. Sometimes a VPN is enough to unlock the sim card, but it’s always good to have a friend living the country who can activate the sim card for you (just in case). Then all you got to do is top up the data when you need it. Below are a handful of sim cards that have intentional roaming capabilities.
Mind you a VPN is not only good to bypass the TikTok ban. It’s an absolute must have if you value your privacy and want to secure your data. It is also a great way to watch overseas streaming services like Disney+ and HULU.
Well, there you have it. I know it’s annoying, but now that TikTok is banned, if you really need to use TikTok in the USA then to bypass the ban this is your only option. We only recommend doing this to get access to your fans so you can encourage them to follow you to another platform.