TikTok Has Launched a 'Year on TikTok' Feature That Also Unlocks a New Badge

TikTok has launched a new 'Year on TikTok' feature, but many users are also wondering how to get access to the platform's 2021 badge.


Dec. 22 2020, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many social platforms are launching year in review features to help users understand how they behaved on the platform. TikTok is just one platform offering this feature for the very first time to its users this year. TikTok's "Year on TikTok" shows users what audio tracks, effects, and vibes they were most likely to use in 2020. 

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Here's how you can access your 'Year on TikTok' report.

In order to access the report, you first have to have an updated version of the app. If you do, you can go to the Discover section of the app and then click on the "#YearonTikTok" hashtag. From there, you should click on the link at the top of the hashtag page in order to see your personal results. These results are separate from the lists that the company released earlier this year, highlighting its biggest creators and posts. 

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Although the "Year on TikTok" report covers the vast majority of the year, it only has data through Dec. 5. That means if you got very into something in the last few weeks, it won't be reflected in your report. You may also have an interest in sharing your report on the platform, and TikTok is actively encouraging its users to do that. 

This is how to get a 2021 badge on TikTok.

TikTok is asking users to share or react to their "Year on TikTok" reports. If they do, they'll unlock a "2021" badge that can be added to their profile picture. Unlocking the badge requires you to look into your own behavior on TikTok and share it. It's a great incentive for users who may not otherwise be interested in looking at their own report on the platform. Now, they get a prize if they share that report with others. 

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Who were the top creators on TikTok?

In addition to releasing personalized year in review information, TikTok has also revealed who the top creators on TikTok were in 2020. The full list includes names that regular TikTok users will likely be familiar with, including Charli D'Amelio, Addison Rae, Noah Beck, and Tabitha Brown, who's also known as "the world's favorite mom." 

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Although TikTok was a popular platform before 2020, it became a true phenomenon this year, and many of its biggest stars became more prominent as the platform blossomed. Because 2020 was a year many people spent largely indoors, TikTok became a go-to place for all kinds of people who were seeking refuge from the madness of the world around them. Everything from dance trends to cranberry juice went viral on the platform in 2020.

Now, as TikTok encourages its users to review their behavior on the platform over the past year, it's easy to see why it became such a full-on obsession for its avid users. Although not every trend on the platform is worth replicating, there's plenty of good, lighthearted content to be found across the many communities that live on TikTok. In 2020, the world was a tough place to be. Thankfully, TikTok was around to save us from ourselves. 

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