What Does Video Is Being Processed Mean on TikTok?

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As a creator on TikTok, you will find it frustrating when you get the “Video is being processed” error, so you will definitely want to know what it means.

Recently a lot of TikTok users got their video under review immediately after uploading it.

The uncomfortable thing is that videos were showing the “Being Processed” notification before switching to be under review.

The meaning of “Video is being processed” is that your video has been uploaded and transferred to the TikTok posting queue; it would sometimes go to the waiting list to be under review in case you’ve violated the TikTok guidelines.

However, it could be only a bug with the app itself or with your phone connection.

Today I will show you what does video is being processed mean on TikTok and how to fix it.

What Does Video Is Being Processed Mean on TikTok


Video being processed means that your video is on its way to getting posted on TikTok but stuck in the last checking operation.

In some cases, the video could transfer to the under review process to check it for community guidelines violations, so no one can like or comment on it, or do any kind of interaction.

You could have an issue with your internet connection or the app itself.

There are multiple reasons why you’re receiving the “Video is being processed” notification:

  1. There is a server outage on TikTok in your region;
  2. Your phone is running into technical issues, which led to a long time processing your video;
  3. The Internet connection in your phone has an issue, which can be low speed or connectivity issues;
  4. Your TikTok app cache is full.

How Long Does It Take for a Video To Be Processed on TikTok

TikTok video takes a maximum of 1 minute to process it on their servers before posting it on your profile.

If the “Video is being processed” takes so long, it means that you have a connectivity issue or your app cache is full.

You may also receive a message when it takes so long to process, which is “This video is taking a little longer to process. If you delete the video, you won’t be able to recover it”.

Some users reported that it took them from 8 hours to 7 days until their video was uploaded.

In this case, TikTok might be reviewing your video, as they’ve started recently to review videos more regularly.

However, you can try the fixes below if you feel that you haven’t violated any TikTok guidelines.

How To Fix Video Is Being Processed on TikTok

To fix “Video is being processed on TikTok”, close then reopen the TikTok app, then try to upload your video again. If this doesn’t work, you need to check the TikTok server.

If the video still can’t be uploaded, you need to check your device’s Internet connection.

Therefore, clear the cache of the app.

After doing so, you’ll be able to repost your video again.

However, the last option is to try uploading the video using another phone.

Otherwise, you’ll have to connect the TikTok support.

1.Repoen your TikTok app

Close then reopen TikTok app to solve video is being processed

First, close then reopen your app.

You can do it by opening the running apps tab.

On iPhone, you simply need to swipe up, and on Android, you can tap on the “Square” icon.

After opening the running app, hop the TikTok app from that tab to close it.

Then reopen the app again and upload your video to check it out.

Note that you need to make sure your TikTok is up-to-date.

2.Check the TikTok server

Check the TikTok server on DownDetector

If you tried to upload the video, but it still says “Video is being processed” this means there might a server issue on TikTok.

So visit the DownDetector website and check if there is a spike on the TikTok graph.

Graph spike means that there is a server outage that’s happening now on the TikTok servers.

This means that you have to wait until you see a dip on the graph, then try again.

3.Check your Internet connection

Switch between Wi-Fi connections

One of the main reasons your TikTok is still processing is that your internet connection is unstable.

To fix this issue, you can put your phone on airplane mode and then bring it back to the normal mode.

You can also restart the router by turning it off and then turning it ON after 30 seconds.

Also, try to switch between Wi-Fi and your phone’s mobile data.

4.Clear the TikTok app cache

Clear the TikTok cache to solve video is being processed

To clear your TikTok cache, you need to tap on the “Three Lines” at the top right of your TikTok’s profile page, then tap on “Settings” when the popup shows up.

When the settings page opens, scroll down until you find the “Clear Cache” option, then tap on it.

Therefore, your app cache will be cleared, and you’ll be able to use it.

By clearing the TikTok cache, you’ll remove the temporarily saved files for later use to replace them with the new ones.

Yet, this doesn’t affect your drafts, unless you delete or uninstall the app so don’t worry about it.

If you’re still worried about the drafts, you can learn how to transfer a TikTok draft to another phone.

5.Use TikTok on another phone

Use TikTok on another phone to solve video is being processed issue

After trying all the methods above and still seeing the “Video is being processed” on your TikTok video, this definitely means that you have either an issue with the app or your phone.

So the last thing to do is to try uploading your video by signing in to your TikTok account using another phone.

If it takes too long to process the video you need to contact the TikTok support.

To do so, go to your TikTok settings, then tap scroll down until you reach “Report a problem > Videos and Sounds > Can’t post videos”.

Then tap on the “NO” button, and tap on “Need more help?”.

On the new page describe your issue for TikTok support, then tap on “Report”.


TikTok’s videos take around 1-minute maximum to be processed and posted on the platform.

When you see the “Video is being processed” message, this means your video is on its way to being posted on TikTok, and it might be under review.

This is why you need to make sure that you haven’t violated any of the TikTok guidelines.

Otherwise, your video will still be under review, and you might get shadowbanned if it’s violating the guidelines or community rules.

Today you’ve learned what video is being processed means on TikTok and how to fix it.

Further Reading

How To Save a TikTok Draft to Camera Roll

Why Won’t TikTok Let Me Link My Instagram?

How to Transfer TikTok Drafts to Another Phone