Douyin TikTok: How to Create Chinese Tiktok Account [2021 Guide]

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    Want to grow your brand in China?

    Then a Douyin account is an absolute must. 

    Douyin — the Chinese TikTok — is one of the biggest marketing channels in China, with over 600 million daily active users

    Read on for a step-by-step breakdown of the Douyin account sign up process, and how you can get verified on the platform.

    There are two routes for signing up to TikTok China: one for iOS devices, and one for Android devices. 

    First up: how to open a Chinese TikTok/Douyin account on Android 

    To sign up for Chinese TikTok on your Android device, you’ll need to:

    Step 1: Go to douyin.com

    You won’t be able to download Douyin from the Google Play store unless you’re in Mainland China. Instead, you’ll need to download the app directly from Douyin’s website. 

    So, go to douyin.com on your Android device and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage until you see your download options:

    douyin app store

    Click the Android button. 

    This will download the Douyin APK (android package) to your phone.

    Step 2: Approve the download

    Click ‘Download’ on the ‘Download file’ prompt that appears, and ‘OK’ when you’re asked if you want to keep the file. 

    douyin or chinese tiktok download

    Don’t worry about the warning — the Douyin APK is safe to download. 

    Step 3: Start the installation process

    Once the APK download is complete, click ‘open’ to initiate the installation process. 

    Step 4: Approve the install 

    You can’t install APK files from Google without approval. So, at the security prompt, click ‘Settings’ and turn on the ‘Allow from this source’ switch.

    chinese tiktok approval

    Step 5: Install the application 

    Next, after approving the install, open up your file manager and click on the downloaded Douyin APK. Then click ‘Install’. 

    install douyin app

    Step 4: Open the app 

    Douyin will now be downloaded onto your phone. Open the app from your home screen. 

    Step 5: Complete the Douyin account sign up process

    You’ll now just need to complete the following steps to open your account:

    1. Click ‘OK’ (好的) to the terms and conditions pop-up 
    2. Tap the ‘Me’ (我) tab in the bottom right hand corner 
    3. Type in your mobile number (with the correct country code) 
    4. Tap ‘Send code’ in the pink button (获取短信验证码) 
    5. Drag the slider to the puzzle piece for security verification 
    6. Enter the SMS code sent to your phone
    7. Click ‘Login’ in the pink button (登录) 

    Done! You can now use Chinese TikTok. 

    Note: You can’t translate Douyin to English on Android devices — even if your device is set to English. For that reason, the sign up process can be tricky. Follow the steps above as guidance. They should help you to overcome the language barrier.

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    How to open a Chinese TikTok account on iOS

    Here’s how you can sign up for TikTok China on your iOS device:

    Step 1: Switch your region to Mainland China

    To download Douyin on the iOS app store, you’ll need to change your region to Mainland China. Here’s how:

    • Open the app store
    • Click on your profile icon in the top right corner
    • Next, click on your name/email to open your profile
    • Click ‘Country/region’ 
    • Click ‘China Mainland’ from the list of countries 

    Step 2: Search for Douyin in the app store 

    Locate the app, and then click on the ‘install’ icon.  

    Step 3: Open the app and sign up for an account

    Once the app has downloaded, open it up from your home screen and complete the same steps as above:

    1. Click ‘OK’ to the terms and conditions pop-up 
    2. Tap the ‘Me’ tab in the bottom right hand corner 
    3. Type in your mobile number (with the correct country code) 
    4. Tap ‘Send code’ in the pink button 
    5. Drag the slider to the puzzle piece for security verification 
    6. Enter the SMS code sent to your phone
    7. Click ‘Login’ in the pink button

    You can then start using your Chinese TikTok account on your iOS device.

    Note: Because you have to change your app store location to Mainland China, Douyin on iOS is automatically translated to English. This means the sign up process is much easier, as you won’t have to try and navigate the Chinese instructions. 

    How to get verified on Chinese TikTok 

    Once you’ve opened your Douyin account, it’s worth getting verified. 

    This will turn your standard account into an official account on Douyin. Advantages include:

    • A verified tick next to your name
    • Access to detailed analytics 
    • The ability to open a Douyin store 
    • The ability to sell products in live streams (via your Douyin store)

    All of which will help you leverage Douyin’s huge user base to your advantage. 

    Here’s what you need to do to verify your Douyin account. 

    Step 1: Go to Douyin’s official account platform

    Click here or enter https://renzheng.douyin.com/ into your URL bar. 

    Step 2: Start the verification process 

    Click ‘Authenticate now’ (or ‘立即认证’ in Chinese) on the homepage.  

    chinese tiktok verification

    Then, with your camera lens, scan the QR code that appears in the Douyin app. 

    chinese tiktok qr code

    Step 3: Complete the verification form

    You’ll then be taken to a form that asks for the following information: 

    • Type of account you want (company or individual)
    • Category 
    • Region of registration and operation 
    • Details of any offline stores
    • Business license (scanned copy) 
    • Operator details (name, phone number, email address) 

    Click ‘Submit’ when complete. 

    Step 4: Wait for approval 

    Once you’ve submitted the verification form, a Douyin representative should then be in touch with you within five working days. They’ll either ask for more information or immediately approve your verification. 

    Who can get verified on Douyin?

    To get verified on Douyin, you’ll need: 

    Individual accounts:

    • A minimum of one video published
    • At least 10,000 followers 
    • A phone number linked to your account

    Business accounts:

    • A Mainland Chinese business license 
    • An ICP license if you want to link to your website
    • Submit an application letter 
    • Pay a 600 CNY yearly fee 

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    Our expert team can set up a Douyin account for you, verify it, and help you build a strategy to maximize your success. 

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    You can also advertise your brand on Douyin, straight from our all-in-one Chinese advertising platform. 

    Get in touch with us to find out more.

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