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How to fix ‘This sound isn’t available on Tiktok’ error?

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TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps going around at the moment. However, regardless of how popular a tech product gets, it doesn’t make it immune to random bugs and glitches from time to time.

In this article, we’re talking about why you’re getting the “this sound isn’t available on TikTok” error and sharing a few solutions to help you fix the problem.

Why does this happen?

While there are a number of reasons why you might see the ‘This sound isn’t available on Tiktok’ error, including corrupt cache files or an outdated app version, the most likely reason is either a temporary bug in the app or copyright issues with the sound you’re trying to use. 

Also read: Why is my TikTok not working?

How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try to fix the ‘This sound isn’t available on Tiktok’ error.

Check your internet 

The first thing you should do is check to see if you’ve got a proper internet connection. If you’re on mobile data, check to see if mobile data is actually activated and that you have good network coverage. If you’re on WiFi, check to see if you have an active internet connection and good signal strength.

Restart the app

As mentioned above, often it’s just a temporary bug that can happen when there’s new trending audio that everyone’s using. Just close TikTok completely and restart the app to see if that resolves the ‘This sound isn’t available on Tiktok’ error.

Clear the cache

Clearing TikTok’s cache will help you get rid of any buggy files or settings that might be causing this issue.

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  • Tap on Apps and notifications.
  • Tap on Show all apps and find TikTok from the list. If you’ve recently used TikTok, it’ll show up in the recent apps as well.
  • Tap on TikTok.
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  • Then tap on Storage & cache.
  • Then tap on the Clear Cache button.

Update your app

The first thing you should try is looking for updates for the TikTok app. Head over to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and check if you’ve got any updates. If any updates are available, install them right away and try again.

Reinstall TikTok

If updating didn’t work, try removing the app from your phone and installing it again. This can help freshen things up and eliminate any corrupt files or data hindering app functionality. 

Use a VPN

Often TikTok will release a sound in one region and not the other. In such cases, you can get around these geo-restrictions using a VPN. Select a server in a location where you know the sound works and try again. 

Wait it out

If nothing else works, your best bet is to sit out and wait for TikTok to resolve the issue. Problems like this are often caused by copyright issues which more often than not get resolved by the TikTok team. If you’re not able to use a particular sound in your TikToks, just try waiting a couple of hours or more to see if you’re able to use it then.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: