If you’ve spent a while on TikTok, you might have noticed that the small crown icon that used to be on some users’ profiles has now disappeared.

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That’s because these crowns have been replaced with verified checkmarks, like Twitter. TikTok’s crowns were simply relics from the days of Musical.ly and have since been done away with.

If you’re an avid TikTok user and creator, you might be wondering how to get one of these verified checkmarks yourself. If so, we’ve got you covered.

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Where Did the Crown Go?

Months after acquiring rival platform Musical.ly, TikTok finally replaced the crown with a brand-new verified checkmark.

If TikTok is the first social network you’ve joined—and considering the app’s younger demographics, that’s entirely possible—the crown may have left you confused, leaving you without an understanding of why it’s on some profiles and not others.


What Replaced Crowns?

Instead of crowns, you’ll now find two different versions of verification on TikTok. The first is probably out of reach for you: verified user. This is the standard checkmark that we’ve seen on most other social networks, and it’s mostly reserved for celebrities to ensure they aren’t being impersonated. You’ll find this label on some accounts, but for the most famous users on TikTok, you’ll find something new entirely.

Instead of giving all accounts a verified badge, TikTok has begun giving popular users that once had crowns badges that read “Popular User.” This puts these users in a class above that of the standard TikTok-er, while also making it clear that the person isn’t a celebrity in the broader sense of the world.

In this case, TikTok continues to do something different than a service like Twitter, where verified users range from celebrities to journalists to everything in between. TikTok doesn’t necessarily lower the standard of being an authenticated user; it just means that there’s now a difference between celebrities and influencers on the platform.

How Do I Get Verified in TikTok?

Unlike other platforms, you can’t apply for the verified badge. When Tiktok staffers notice your account and ensure that it meets the verification requirements, you’ll automatically receive the badge. Typically, verified users fall into one of three categories:

The user is immensely popular on the site, serving as a content creator that makes a big mark on TikTok’s platform in one way or another.The user is someone of note, including actual pop stars and musicians that happen to be on the platform.They have been chosen by the staff and support team at TikTok as someone who requires verification or as someone who has shown their dedication to creating content of note on the site.

What do we mean by this?

Simple: users on TikTok are always looking for new content to follow. Thanks to the average length of a TikTok video being pretty short, it’s no surprise that users are always hungry for more content.

So what does that mean from you?

If you’re willing to learn the basics and advanced steps of creating a TikTok video that shines among the rest, and you do this consistently for a long enough period, you’re bound to start getting noticed.

Of course, there’s always a way to speed up getting noticed, and for that, we jump to step two.

Follow users to gain more followers

We have an article available here for you to check out on how to gain more fans in TikTok, but the short version is this: once you have content that is not just respectable but also showcases your talents in the best way possible, you can use the app’s follow feature to get noticed by new users.

We suggest making ten powerful TikTok clips. Make them your best work possible, and don’t be afraid to try something new or go outside the box.

Once you’ve done that, you can start using the app’s headlining page to find new users. Refresh your feed and start looking for new clips posted from famous, and possibly already-crowned TikTok users. Then, look through the comments on those videos to find accounts of people who enjoy the content posted by that user.

When you’ve found a comment posted recently, click on the account to add that profile to your followed list. When the user receives a notification that you’ve followed them, many will be inclined to check out your page, and since you have several great TikTok clips already posted on your account, you’re likely to get a follow back.


Not everyone is going to follow you back. The primary key here is not to get discouraged, and to stick with it the best you can. TikTok users are often hungry for new content and new creators. If your clips are good and you keep using this strategy to gain new followers, you’ll start receiving a following in no time.

Use the right gear—and the right songs

If you’re having problems attracting a group of followers, make sure your TikTok videos are the best they can be.

Start by checking out where you’re filming. Look around your surroundings and ensure that you have a beautiful backdrop, be it outside or in your house. If you’re filming in your room, make sure to tidy things up. No one wants to watch a video that takes place within a messy bedroom.

If you don’t have someone around to hold your phone, that’s okay. Instead, you might want to check out one of the many smartphone tripods available on Amazon. Most of them are universal and cost just $10 to $15 to purchase for your smartphone, like this one right here.

Likewise, you want to make sure you’re using the correct songs in your videos. If you browse through the main feed inside of TikTok, you’ll probably notice a lot of repeats of songs and clips. Don’t be afraid to use those same audio clips in your videos; by using popular media, you put yourself one step forward on the way to accomplishing your goal.

Additionally, you can look through the search menu and browse the Billboard Hot 100 to find songs that are currently popular.

I Found a Site Says They Can Get Me Verified — Can They?

The short answer is no.

There’s no site on the web today that can gift you verification on TikTok, despite several sites listed on Google’s search results that say otherwise. The truth is that, like verification on Twitter or Instagram, only TikTok staff and support teams can grant a crown to a profile they deem worthy or necessary to prevent fake listings.

Moreover, these websites are often phishing schemes designed to get you to hand over your login information. This, of course, can lead to your account being compromised and you losing access to all of your content.

As such, you should be sure to avoid any websites or users that say they can help you get verified on TikTok.

Can I apply for a verified checkmark on TikTok?

No, and to make it more unfortunate for those seeking the coveted badge no TikTok doesn’t reveal their exact algorithm for assigning one.

Is a popular creator badge the same thing as a verified checkmark?

No, some users will receive a Popular Creator Badge before they ever get the checkmark, but they don’t even go hand-in-hand. Those who receive the former are highly active on the platform and get a lot of interaction in their videos.

How many likes does it take to get verified?

No one knows really, the best we can ascertain is those who are verified have reached the attention of TikTok’s developers and therefore earned the checkmark.

Final Thoughts

Verification allows TikTok to highlight some of its best content creators on the platform, with most of these users uploading at least once a day and often being featured on the front page of the platform.

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While it can take some time to build your audience and get verified, you can greatly increase your chances by working hard and creating high-quality content.