TikTok is testing an experimental tipping feature that would allow its users to directly tip creators straight from their profiles in the platform sans any third-party apps.
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TikTok Experimental Tipping Feature
According to a report by The Verge, a TikTok creator that goes by the name Jera Bean showcased the experimental in-app tipping feature of the platform in a video.
It comes after Bean took notice of the new feature on the video-sharing giant, wherein she applied for it immediately.
The TikTok creator further confirmed in the video that the new feature that the social media giant is testing to a select number of users lets users tip them directly.
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As per Yahoo’s latest report, TikTok already has a tipping feature, but it is only limited to the live streams of their creators.
This time around, TikTok is working on a function that will help its creators earn some money straight from their profile accounts.
TikTok Tipping Feature: How to Apply and Activate it
As mentioned, the tipping feature straight from the profile is still under the experimental stage. That said, only a limited number of users could currently activate the function on their accounts.
To be precise, Bean further revealed in her video, via a screenshot of her application, that a creator needs at least 100K followers to apply for the experimental feature.
On top of that, TikTok also has an age restriction for the tipping feature. That said, users below 18 are not allowed to receive tips from their fans.
What’s more, the user also needs to accept the tips terms of the video-sharing platform as part of the application.
However, The Verge noted in its report that the video did state if those who meet the said requirements will get their application automatically approved.
Nevertheless, it could mean that hitting all of these requirements gives a user a higher chance of getting the tipping feature on their profile.
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How to Tip TikTok Creators Directly from Their Profile
The TikTok creator that goes by the username @jera.bean made a follow-up video about the experimental feature after she got approved.
There she explains how the new tip button, which she currently sports on her profile, works.
The tip button on her account lets users pay the creator in pre-set amount options, such as $5, $10, and $15. However, users could also enter a custom amount, but it should at least be $1.
What’s more, the tip feature also includes an option that allows TikTok users to tip creators without revealing their identity on the platform.
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