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How to Send Texts on TikTok Without a Phone Number

If you love sharing photos and videos on TikTok, you can now send texts on the app, letting people know how you feel about your favorite new clips, as well as start conversations with other users. 

But what if you want to contact someone that doesn’t have their phone number saved in your contacts? Well, that used to be tricky; but TikTok recently added a way to get around this issue. Here’s how to send texts on TikTok without having the person’s phone number saved in your contacts!

What is TikTok?

TikTok is an app that allows users to interact with each other through short videos or 10-second-long videos called Shorts. Users can share these videos with friends by using the hashtag #followforfollow and choosing which accounts they want to follow. The app is free, but has in-app purchases. 

TikTok also offers live streams where viewers can chat with performers. One of the most popular features of this app is the ability to send texts without having a phone number. 

How to Text on TikTok Without a Phone Number

It’s possible to text someone on TikTok without your main phone number. There are many reason you may don’t want to text with your number. For example, you want to hide your identity, it’s your office number and you don’t want random people to have it, and so forth. Below is how you can use TextMe virtual number to text someone on TikTok.

NOTE: to create a new phone number, you will need to download the TextMe Up app and create an account. Once you have done this, you will use your new TextMe virtual number on TikTok.

  • Open the app on your phone or tablet that has internet access and create an account.
  • Enter your name and any other information about yourself such as email address or location.

Tap “Have an account? Login” and enter the email address you signed up for TextMe Up with. If you don’t have a TextMe Up number, you can create one.

Choose your account type as “Professional Content Creator” when asked to choose an account type

In order to text on TikTok, you’ll need an account. To get started, go to TikTok choose your account type as “Professional Content Creator” when asked to choose an account type.

Next, pick the right account type for the audience you want to reach and what services are needed:

  • A personal profile where users can share their own content (such as photos)
  • A business profile where users can create videos or other types of videos such as tutorials or how-tos.

Select a verification method and enter the 6-digit code sent to your TextMe virtual number

  • Open the app and sign up for a free account. If you’re already an existing TikTok user, make sure that your TextMe number is activated so that you can text them on TikTok (if it isn’t, then go back and follow the steps above).
  • Select a verification method and enter the 6-digit code sent to your TextMe number (this differs from your regular phone number).
  • Enter any other information required by TikTok so they know who you are when sending messages or commenting on videos—and then click “Save.”

Using the Website To Text On TikTok Without A Phone Number

  • Log into the TikTok website on your computer. Without an account, it’s possible to send messages to those following you.
  • The Log in button is located on the top right-hand corner of the site. Unfortunately, there are no Sign up buttons available from the home page. In other words, when you click Login, you’ll be able to switch it to a link to create an account.
  • You’ll see two buttons: one in the upper right side of the page, and the other in the upper left side of the page.
  • There is a Sign Up link at the bottom of the window next to “Don’t have an account?

If you don’t have a phone number, you can create your TikTok account using your Facebook, Google, or Twitter login information.

To open an account without a phone number, follow the on-screen instructions.

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You can send a message to anyone who is following you as long as they are following you back. An unfollowed user, however, cannot message you.

In addition, you will be able to send DMs to anyone who is following you, regardless of whether or not you have their phone number saved to your phone’s Contacts.

At the top of your browser, click the plane icon to send a Direct Message.

Using a Phone or Tablet

If you’re using the app, just tap on Chat with Friends at the bottom left and then tap Text Message when it pops up as an option. You’ll then see a screen with the word send next to the message box. 

Type in your message, hit send, and there you go! It’s now been sent to all of your friends in the chat who have their texts enabled for that chat. You also have the option to attach pictures and videos. 

How do you send messages on TikTok without a phone number

TikTok, the video sharing app from China, has taken off in the U.S. and other countries around the world in recent months. 

Even though it’s a fun way to share videos with friends and followers, some people may not be interested in sharing their personal phone number with everyone who wants to send them messages through the app. 

The good news is there are ways you can still enjoy sending messages without giving away your personal number on TikTok. You could also use a different email address than the one connected to your profile if you don’t want anyone knowing where to find or message you at all times (even if they do have your phone number). 

There are many apps available that allow messaging using only an email address and username, like Messenger for example. With these apps, all of your conversations will happen within the app so no one will know what your personal number is unless you choose to share it. Some sites such as Facebook also provide this option. 

If neither of those options work for you, then another option would be setting up a separate social media account just for chatting and making sure that this account doesn’t have any of your personal information attached to it. 

Once again, this will mean no one will know where to find or message you except by email.

Why can’t I send direct messages on TikTok phone number?

TikTok used to allow users the ability to send direct messages, but now it requires that both people share their phone number. 

TikTok does this for security reasons – for example, if you want to share your location with someone then there’s no need for them to have your phone number because they can’t text you from their account. 

Direct messaging can still be used through the app as long as both accounts are set up with the same email address. In order to do this, go into your profile settings and add an email. Enter in any email that is not already in use by other social media apps or another TikTok account. 

Once entered, tap Verify and verify the email by clicking Confirm. You will get an SMS confirmation code which you will enter on the next screen to confirm the new address.

How to dm someone on TikTok without a phone number

To DM someone on TikTok, you need to click the three dots in the upper right corner of their profile. Then, choose “DM” from their options and enter your message.

Finally, click Send without any additional steps! Now that you’ve sent a dm to someone else on TikTok, it will be visible to them as well!

NOTE: Before you can message someone who doesn’t have a phone number attached to their account, you will have to first follow their account. Once you follow them, they will have access to your contact information, including email and phone number, as well as your username. If they are also following you back, then they will send you messages without having a phone number themselves.

READ MORE: How to Reply with a Video on TikTok 


The TikTok app has become increasingly popular. From now on, you don’t need a phone number if you want to send texts on TikTok. All you need is an Instagram account that can be linked with the app. Simply log into your Instagram account and go to the TikTok profile which will ask for permission for linking your accounts.

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