How to Make TikTok Videos: A Beginner’s Guide

TikTok has a stream of fun videos to flick through, but you can do more than just watch. Why not try your hand at being a creator? Don’t worry; You don’t need a movie degree or dance to wow your followers. By creating your first TikTok video, you can create the content you want to see and join over 1 billion other active users. Here is a beginner’s guide to making TikTok videos.

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To create a TikTok video, tap post at the bottom of the screen. Then record or upload a video from your device, add any effects you want and publish your video.

How to make a TikTok video

Tap to start Post, represented by the + icon at the bottom center of the screen.

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Then you can either upload content from your device’s library or use TikTok’s camera to record videos. To start recording, tap the red button in the middle of the screen. You can choose the duration of your recording: 15 seconds, one minute or three minutes. When you stop recording, a checkmark will appear to confirm you like the footage.
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You can also create a slideshow of photos by selecting templates from bottom right. TikTok comes preloaded with several special effects templates to make your images sizzle.

Templates TikTok

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To upload a video from your device, tap upload to the right of the record button. There you can select both photos and videos that you want to upload to TikTok.

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Select the file you want to upload, then tap Next bottom left of the screen. Now you can edit your video with different sound effects, filters, stickers and text. You can also trim the video by tapping Customize clips from the right side.

Effects TikTok

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Take some time to experiment to find the effect you want. Check out our guide to learn more about the different editing tools available. If you are satisfied with the result, tap Next.

After that, add a description to your video and a few hashtags so people can find it. You can also tag friends on TikTok if they are in the video.

Post video TikTok

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You can decide who can view your video (everyone, just friends or private) and you can allow other users to comment, duet and join your videos or not. When you’re ready to share your TikTok video, tap post. Otherwise, you can tap drafts to save them for later. Have fun with the TikToken!

Next: How to see who viewed your TikTok videos

frequently asked Questions

Yes, you can either upload a video and shorten it to three minutes or select the three minute time frame above recording Button. The longest length of a TikTok video is 10 minutes.

Beat Post, Then select images to upload from your device storage. Then, in the editing phase, you can add sound and other effects.

There are a few reasons, but the most likely one is that you’re having a glitch or bug with TikTok. Check out our guide on how to fix TikTok issues for more information. How to Make TikTok Videos: A Beginner’s Guide

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