How To: Follow a New Friend in Seconds with This Hidden TikCode Scanner

Follow a New Friend in Seconds with This Hidden TikCode Scanner

Like other popular social media apps, TikTok features a scanner — dubbed TikCode — to follow people in your immediate vicinity. While the scanner itself is easy to use (simply scan another user's TikCode), there's actually a faster way to access it on your iPhone than combing through your TikTok settings.

For this trick, you don't even need to open TikTok first. Instead, long-press or 3D Touch the TikTok app on your home screen, then wait for the Quick Actions menu to appear. When it does, select "Scan." Once you do, TikTok will immediately launch the TikCode scanner, so you can start adding people right away.

You can also quickly access your own TikCode by tapping "My TikCode" at the bottom of this screen, so feel free to use this technique if someone asks for your unique code.

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