What To Do When The Discover Button Is Missing on TikTok

Is the Discover button missing on your TikTok? Here's everything you need to know about the issue and more info about the recently-added Friends tab.

With more than a billion monthly active users, TikTok has become a massive social media platform since its launch back in 2017. It has amassed millions of users around the world and added new features to its arsenal. The Discover button is among these features – it offers new videos to the users.

That being said, many users have been sharing that the tab is missing on the navigation bar. A number of people also share that they have not been able to find the feature as it was replaced by another button.

Follow the following simple troubleshooting steps below to fix this error.

TikTok Discover Button Missing (Fix)

The only way to retrieve this feature is to log out of your account. TikTok has implemented the For You page and removed the previous tab. There is, unfortunately, no other way than logging out from your account to retrieve the button.

1. Log Out of TikTok.

Follow the simple steps below to log out of your account.

  • Tap on the Profile icon at the navigation bar.
  • Tap on the three lines at the top-right corner of the screen.
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  • Select Settings and privacy.
  • Scroll drown until you see the Log out button.

2. Use TikTok as a Guest.

You can switch to the Discover tab only when you use the app as a guest. That way, you will be able to see the trending videos in random order. As we mentioned in the previous method, it is not possible to get the button back while in your account.

  • Open TikTok.
  • Do not log into your account.
  • Tap on the Discover button.

Yet there are some users who can see this tab on their accounts as well. (One reason the tab is visible to a certain group of users might be the beta-testing process.)

TikTok, like many other social media platforms, tests out the changes in the app by offering it to a group of users. That way they can receive feedback based on the changes and the updates they have worked on.

Simply open the app and tap on the magnifying glass icon. Note that the videos will be completely random.

Why Is The Discover Button Missing on TikTok?

The video giant has removed this feature and replaced it with the For You page. This page offers content that is based on your watching activity on the app. If you watch make-up videos on a regular basis, for example, the app offers similar content. It has a similar function to the previous tab, but it provides videos according to your personal interests.

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A screenshot showing TikTok's Discover button missing.

If you see the Friends instead of the Discover button on TikTok, that's because the social media platform has officially removed the tab and introduced the For You page.

Why Did TikTok Add The Friends Tab?

Back in May 2022, the video giant introduced the new Friends tab. The official Twitter account of the app announced the new tab as follows:

The Friends tab allows users to watch videos created by their friends. With this feature, the popular video app aims to increase engagement by connecting their friends list with other social media platforms.

“We are planning to offer this feature to other users in the future. That way, our users will be able to enjoy content created by their friends and family.”

Now you know all there is to know about why TikTok's Discover button is missing. As long as you follow the above steps, you should have the issue fixed in time.