TikTok only took a few years to establish itself as one of the most popular social networks, with over 500 million active users worldwide and over a billion downloads. You too are planning to take your first steps with the application or have already started, but do not know how to use it well. Follow the guide.
It’s one of the favorite apps for teens. TikTok is a social network whose principle is based on the sharing of short videos: play-back, dance, humor, etc. In itself, it is quite close to Instagram or even Snapchat from which it takes up the basic principles, with its own peculiarities. The play-backs and humorous videos give it that little touch that makes the difference.
TikTok first made a splash in Asia before taking the rest of the world by storm. The app claims over a billion downloads with over 500 million active users. Do you also want to take your first steps, but don’t know where to start? Here’s the guide to getting started.
TikTok: install the app and create your profile
TikTok is available on Android and iOS. Find and install the app from the Play Store or the App Store, and upon opening you are greeted by videos on the home page (tab For you). You can slide your finger on the screen from the bottom to the top to switch between videos. To the right, you have several icons aligned vertically on the screen.
The first allows you to access the profile of the account that published the video, you can like the current video (heart icon), access comments, share the post on other networks, etc.
TikTok: create and personalize your profile
After making your first contact with TikTok, you realize that you are limited to playing only the most popular videos featured by the app. You too want to be able to publish videos, like or comment on posts, bookmark videos, etc. All you have to do is create an account.
It’s simple: at the bottom right of the screen, click on the “Me” icon in the form of a man. Several options are available to you to create an account: register with a phone number or email. Or go through accounts you have on other platforms: Facebook, Google, Twitter or Instagram. Then enter your date of birth and you’re done.
Customize your profile
This is the second step following the creation of your TikTok account. Press again on the icon in the shape of a man in the lower right corner and then on the “Edit profile” button. You have the choice to add a profile photo or video. Once done, you can move on to the rest of the changes, namely profile name, unique ID (can only be changed once every 30 days), your bio that introduces you.
Find videos and accounts on TikTok
TikTok has a section Discover like Snapchat or Instagram (Search). Tap the icon with a magnifying glass in the menu at the bottom of the screen, right next to the home icon. The app lists several of the most popular hashtags at the moment. They help you easily discover trending videos. Click on a hashtag (preceded by #) to discover related content. You can even add the hashtag to your favorites, even if you can easily find it later.
It is also possible to directly search for your own keywords. Simply tap in the search bar at the top, enter a keyword that interests you and validate the query. A bit like Twitter, you can display several lists associated with the search: list of accounts containing the keyword, list of sounds, hashtags or even videos.
This is the starting point for your discoveries. In addition to exploring the popular content posted on the home page, you can gradually build your personal space by subscribing to accounts.
View videos from accounts you’ve subscribed to
From the research section, you can subscribe directly to accounts. To see the videos posted by them, simply go to the home page (house icon at the bottom left). At the top you have two tabs: Subscriptions and For you. The first only scrolls through videos from the accounts you follow.
The second allows you to discover videos even faster. These are the videos selected for you by TikTok. They allow you to explore the social network even faster, discover accounts and make new subscriptions.
Add a friend on TikTok
You want to add people you know to your network of friends. It’s simple, just follow the same process described above by entering the profile name of the people concerned. You can also ask him for his QR code (TikCode). Click on the icon to the right of the search bar to scan the TikCode and easily find the profile.
Publish your first video on TiKTok
Like the WhatsApp, Facebook or Snapchat statuses, the videos on TikTok are short. You can add videos that are 15 to 60 seconds long. Want to post your first video and impress your friends, tap the icon with a (+) in the center of the menu at the bottom of the screen. The app will ask you for permissions. Grant them if you wish to continue.
Recording a video is quite intuitive. Just tap the big red circle at the bottom. But before you start, maybe you would like to add filters, select the speed at which the video will be played (0.1x; up to 3x) or even add sound, etc. All of these options are present on the screen, as shown below.
Note that when you add a sound to accompany your videos, the length of the latter is limited to the duration of the sound. The latter must be added before the start of the recording. As for filters and others, you will always be able to add them afterwards. Once the registration is complete, press the validated button. Add effects, filters, text or stickers at will, click on next and publish your first video after setting the privacy (who can see the content, comments disabled or not, etc.)
This is very easy. TikTok is on the rise and now you have everything you need to get started.
10 tips for TikTok
TikTok, the video sharing mobile application, has become essential in a few months for 15-25 year olds. More than 150 million users take the stage in frenzied playbacks and choreography.
Want to get started on TikTok? Discover our tips and tricks for using the social network.
1. How to use TikTok
TikTok is a social network that allows users to post and share short videos in which they feature themselves dancing or playing backing tracks. There are many effects to make funny and surprising montages.
The application regularly challenges its users to complete TikTok challenges. Each week, a new hashtag is posted and users must follow the instructions and make their own video. Like any social network, you can subscribe to the accounts of friends or personalities to easily follow their publications, leave comments and like videos.
2. How to make a video on TikTok
The goal on TikTok is to film yourself and make short videos. The editing is very easy to perform, and, thanks to the different filters and effects, you get a very surprising result, especially on duets.
3. How to add effects to a TikTok video
You can add effects and filters on TikTok.
- The magic wand applies a “beauty effect” which enhances the brightness and softens the image.
- TikTok filters: like on Instagram, they add a tint to your movie.
- Filter effects: they add thickness to your video, like flashes, a reflection or a crackle like on an old TV.
- Speed control: you can slow down or speed up the pace of your TikTok video.
4. How to do a duet on TikTok?
One of the particularities of TikTok is to be able to perform duets. These are videos that allow two users to interact with each other.
5. How to do a duet with yourself in TikTok
You can even take it a step further and post a video with yourself. Play with your evil double, your twin, your reflection in the mirror… Your imagination can be limitless.
To do a duet with yourself in TikTok, it’s simple:
You just have to film yourself again and share the content.
6. How to upload a video to TikTok
In TikTok, it is possible to download a video that you have made from your account. Once you have shot your video and added the filters you want, there are several options available to you when you arrive in the share window:
- Share the video: on Twitter, on Instagram, in Story. This is where you can upload your video directly to the gallery of your smartphone. You don’t have to upload it.
- Publish Video: If you click “Publish”, you can always upload a TikTok video later. Go to your profile, then click on the video you want to download, then on the three small dots in the right column and finally on “Save video”.
7. How to upload someone else’s video to TikTok
Here’s how to upload a video posted by another user to TikTok:
It is necessary to authorize TikTok to access your image gallery to save the content.
8. How to give gifts on TikTok
On TikTok, you can give “freebies” to people who broadcast a live. These are stickers. They can take the shape of a panda, a small tower of Pisa, a lobster or even an electric guitar.
Each of these gifts has a value: 5 to 5,000 coins. To buy coins on TikTok, you must go to the wallet and credit your account via the App Store or Google Play.
According to TikTok’s Virtual Items Policy, gifts received on TikTok are not transferable in coins and therefore cannot be credited to a user’s bank account.
9. How to make a live video on TikTok (a live)
Lots of people stream live videos on TikTok. For some brands or personalities, this is an opportunity to create a moment of exchange with their community, since you can react directly to questions from fans. But making a live video on TikTok requires a minimum of 1000 followers. The feature does not appear if you have less of it. If your community is large enough, here is the tutorial on how to do a live one on TikTok.