How to Block TikTok App on WiFi Network Router? (Easy Steps)

Learn how to block the TikTok app on your WiFi router using the OpenDNS service. You need to create a free home account and add the TikTok's network domain address in "Always block" mode.

A few months ago I published an article on how to block a website on a network router. However, I got a few comments asking to demo on blocking the mobile apps. Specifically, the apps that are addictive, and not safe for kids. One of the top requested apps was TikTok, and few parents desperately wanted to know how to block the TikTok app on the WiFi network.

So here I am with the complete setup and tutorial guide on blocking the TikTok on the home router. By the end of this guide, you will be able to block TikTok on the router using the free OpenDNS service.

You can also skip to the end of this article to watch the video demo, and follow the steps by steps instructions to block the Tiktok app.

Follow are the prerequisites for blocking the TikTok app:

  1. WiFi Router with DNS support (most routers does support manual DNS entry)
  2. Good internet connectivity or ISP connection at Home
  3. OpenDNS Home account (free account creations steps added below)

Please note: The following steps will work only if the mobile phone with TikTok is connected to the WiFi router network. If you enable and use the mobile data, then this method won’t work since the data network will not pass through OpenDNS content filter settings. 

Assuming we are all set with requirements. Follow these steps to block TikTok mobile app using OpenDNS —

Step 0: What is OpenDNS?

According to Wikipedia,

OpenDNS is a company and service that extends the Domain Name System (DNS) by adding features such as phishing protection and optional content filtering in addition to DNS lookup, if its DNS servers are used.

In simple terms, the OpenDNS service track and block the flow of all the incoming and outgoing WiFi network requests if we use their DNS servers and IP address. It protects against the spam and phishing sites along with improving network stability.

In 2015, Cisco has acquired the OpenDNS, and now it’s backed by a biggie!

Step 1: Add the OpenDNS IP Address in WiFi Router

Login to your WiFi Routers Admin portal and look for the DNS settings. The DNS settings are supported by all major network router manufacturers. Whether you are using the Netgear, D-Link, TP-Link or any local router device, the DNS settings are available at the admin area.

Here is the DNS settings page in my beetel Router which I got along with my ISP connection.

OpenDNS IPv4 Address in Network Router DNS Settings

All you need is to switch the DNS settings from automatic to manual DNS setup. In manual DNS settings, enter the below OpenDNS IPv4 addresses:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

Save and restart your WiFi network router to commit these changes. It will take a few minutes to make the changes on your router.

After your router is restarted try accessing this welcome OpenDNS page to verify if the DNS configuration is successful.

Welcome OpenDNS Test Verification

You will get this orange color tick symbol along with the message: Your Internet is safer, faster, and smarter because you’re using OpenDNS. This means your router is successfully configured to use the OpenDNS service.

Step 2: Create a Free OpenDNS Home account

Next, we need to create an OpenDNS account for free personal home-usage. Head over to the OpenDNS Home Sign up page and fill in with the requested details.

Home Free by OpenDNS Sign up form

You’ll also receive a confirmation mail to verify the email ID.

Finally, sign in to OpenDNS Dashboard using the same credential used while registration.

Sign in OpenDNS Dashboard - Cisco Umbrella

Step 3: Configure Routers IP address in OpenDNS

After you sign in the OpenDNS dashboard, switch to the Settings tab. You will be displayed with the option to create or add a network with prefilled IP address and settings. This IP address is currently assigned by your ISP provider.

OpenDNS Add Network IP Address

Just hit on [ADD THIS NETWORK] button and give it a name, say “Home WiFi“.

Now your ISP network IP is mapped with OpenDNS service.

Note: If your ISP assigns the dynamic IP addresses, then you can use an OpenDNS updater software program that will automatically renew the network with the new dynamic IP address. You can download the latest OpenDNS updater from these download links:

Step 4: Block the TikTok Domain Names

Once our WiFi network IP address is mapped in OpenDNS, you can block the TikTok apps domain addresses in the web content filtering settings.

Open our WiFi network by clicking on the IP address mentioned in the “Your networks” section.

OpenDNS Dashboard > Settings > Your > IP Address

You will be navigated to the Web content filtering tab within network settings.

Now just add the TikTok domain names in the “Manage individual domains” section. Make sure you’ve selected the Always block from the dropdown menu, and entered only one domain against each entry.

OpenDNS Dashboard > Settings > Web Content Filtering > TikTok Block

Here is the list of TikTok app domain names which you need to block in web content filtering:

  • v16a.tiktokcdn.com
  • p16-tiktokcdn-com.akamaized.net
  • log.tiktokv.com
  • ib.tiktokv.com
  • api-h2.tiktokv.com
  • v16m.tiktokcdn.com
  • api.tiktokv.com
  • v19.tiktokcdn.com
  • mon.musical.ly
  • api2-16-h2.musical.ly
  • api2.musical.ly
  • log2.musical.ly
  • api2-21-h2.musical.ly

OpenDNS Dashboard > Settings > Web Content Filtering > Block Musically

Note: This list of TikTok domain names will be updated frequently, hence you can bookmark the page and revisit every week or so to see any new additions or changes. 

Step 5: Enable Stats and Logs

Lastly, enable the stats and logs recording in the OpenDNS. The option is available below the web content filtering tab on the same network settings page.

Just enable the checkbox against the Stats and Logs option and hit on [Apply] button.

OpenDNS Dashboard > Settings > Stats and Logs > Enable

Step 6: TikTok App is Blocked Successfully

After you’ve blocked all the aforementioned domain names, allow the OpenDNS for a while (1 hour or sometimes even more) to make the changes at their end. Post that, you can verify if the TikTok app is blocked.

TikTok App No Internet Connection Error

While you’ll be able to access and open the app normally, but TikTok videos will not play. You may also get the error message saying No Internet Connection even though you’re connected to the WiFi network.

Conclusion:

That’s it. We are all set with blocking the TikTok (Musically) App on our WiFi network router. Now kids or your family members won’t be able to connect the TikTok app with the configured WiFi network router.

Here is the video tutorial on how to block the TikTok app on the network:

How to Block TikTok App on WiFi Router?

Please share this with your friends and colleagues who are frustrated with the TikTok addiction problem.

Let me know if you face any problem or if this is not working.

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23 Responses

  1. Abdoo says:

    I’ve done this exactly like you said, but the app is still working, even the website is still working, how can I fix this?

  2. Billy says:

    I tried now and it works fine. From the android app all functions are disabled, and internet connection error are shown, but it seems the videos from the home page can’t be blocked and can be seen unfortunately, but it is better than nothing!

  3. Rajesh Maik says:

    Thank you man This helps me, I mean seriously i was fed up with this shit my sister playing those annoying videos on full volume. If i hadn’t found this post my last resort was to break her mobile for good….

  4. Raj singh says:

    Thank you for this, i need to block also live streaming which is not block using above domain name. Also search window all videos are playing in wifi

    Please let me know domain name for live straming too

  5. j9 says:

    Frustrated that there are so many domains to block since I’m also blocking YouTube which also has several domains and have a limit of only 25 domains I can block.

  6. Eric says:

    Thanks for the list of hosts, I was already looking for them for a while.
    As for OpenDNS, the alternative is using Pi-Hole. There you can block the DNS-request for the domain including all hosts. So now I am blocking everything in “tiktokv.com”, “tiktokcdn.com” and “musical.ly”. My Pi-Hole is runing on a small Raspberry Pi with just this on it to take care of DNS-requests, works very well. Just type pi-hole in your search and you’ll stumble over the things you need to set it up.

  7. good guy says:

    How can i get possible domain names of PUBG and Hago apps, thank you?

  8. A good guy says:

    Hello sir, I need all domain names of HAGO app , thank you?

    • Zultan says:

      If you found domain please tell me

  9. Andrew L Brown says:

    I did everything on the page however I am still able to access videos on the app.

  10. Tony says:

    Thanks for your good job! But I want to know how to find all the domain names?

  11. Najam says:

    Still can access the app 😐

  12. DTaylor says:

    Awesome – now need info on how to block Yolo and Snapchat!

  13. Cliffy says:

    This no longer works as tiktok uses DoH, which just by-passes any of those blocks, you will need to set up DoH blocking, which is not that simple and can break other stuff,, pretty much what ever you do there is a way round it

  14. Marcin says:

    This doesnt work as TikTok is changing domains constantly and OpenDNS allows you to block only 20 addresses and just for canadian TikTok addresses I saw 38 of them … some addresses are blocked on the PC but not even one is blocked from the TikTok app installed on the iPhone which is connected to the router.

  15. Hafeez says:

    want to block whatsapp please help

  16. Mohammed says:

    Thnx alot but can you help me block facebook videos by this way or another?

  17. Sheraz Khan says:

    Dear Kushal… very much thanks… Can you help me to block the sites by timings? Waiting for your reply.

  18. Ibraheem Khatkhatay says:

    Still i can see main page videos

  19. BENNN says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! ITS WORKING

  20. TomB says:

    Two points:

    Most modern browsers support secure DNS queries where the URL being queried is encrypted right fom the browser to the DNS server. That can bypass URL filtering.

    Also, your use of openDNS is a good attempt, but nothing stops the kid (if they have local admin rights on their PC) setting a different DNS provider to hand queries. I think that could bypass your default OpenDNS solution. And they could query by IP if they know (for instance) google’s DNS server IPs.

    It’s darn hard now to fully block out access if you can’t URL filter.

  21. Mahmous says:

    I’ve done this exactly like you said, but the app is still working, even the website is still working, how can I fix this?

  22. Jaron says:

    If you have a system such as pi-hole or a router that can accept regex strings for blocking domains, you can use the string:

    (.*)(musical|tiktok)(.*).(ly|com)(.*)

    That one string will catch all of the possibilities that include musical.ly and tiktok.

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