How to get Chinese TikTok on Android and iOS – Douyin is here!

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The privacy policy of TikTok has been considered dicey by many. So why not switch to the Chinese TikTok and continue using this platform and to keep posting your content?

Even though TikTok is very popular worldwide, it has received a lot of criticism over its user data and privacy policy. This has led to a successful ban in India already (on June 2020) and the US has also tried banning this platform under the Trump administration in November 2020.

If you are an active user, you need not be worried about the ban. You can switch to the Chinese TikTok anytime and continue your social media posting.

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What is Chinese TikTok?

Chinese TikTok is called Douyin and it is developed by the parent company called Bytedance.

It is the same company that made TikTok although Douyin is specifically made for users in China. You can say that Douyin is the official app in China and a similar app is used everywhere else (except for China) under the brand name of ‘TikTok’.

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How is Douyin similar to TikTok?

Douyin is almost identical to TikTok but it also has an additional option – a “wallet” function. With that feature, users can use QR codes to make transactions, buy items, transfer money to other users, etc.

If you are a native in China then you cannot use TikTok but anyone in the world can use the Douyin app.

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How to download Douyin on Android

Android users can go the website of Douyin and download the apk version of the app. Choose the one that has the android icon in it. Make sure to translate the page first.

You can also use this link if you have trouble translating the page. Once you have downloaded the apk file, click on install and make your Douyin account.

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How to get the Chinese TikTok on iOS

For iOS users, Douyin is available in the Play Store itself. Here is the link for easy download.

If that does not work, follow the following steps –

  1. Open the App Store and go to your profile. You can do so by clicking on the icon on the top right corner of the page.
  2. Click on your name or your email and go to “Country/Region”.
  3. Select “China Mainland”.
  4. Go back in the App Store, search for “Douyin” and download the app.
  5. Create an account once the installation is complete.