Tips on Using TikTok: the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

TikTok (also known as musical.ly) is a free iPhone and Android-oriented social networking application that lets you browse, film, and post music videos of your lip-synching, singing, dancing, or just talking. Via TikTok, you can jazz up your videos with various filters, soundtracks, and plenty of special effects. Similar to other social networking apps, TikTok provides such features as following, liking, and commenting.  

Having long outperformed Instagram and boasting 1.5 billion total downloads as of today, TikTok is making firm steps towards dominating the app scene. By all means, the best way to get to grips with the app is to produce your own personal or business-related posts. However, if you’ve never used similar platforms before, navigating TikTok can be rather challenging. Does that sound familiar to you? No worries, we’ll help.

So, if you’ve recently downloaded this addictive app and are now looking for a handy guide on using TikTok, you’ve come to the right place. To assist you in conquering TikTok, we’ve boiled the app down to a quick set of tips on how to use it. Enjoy reading this post and don’t forget to bookmark our blog to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s new on the tech horizon. Chill’N’Chat is where the latest news and top app reviews are posted on a regular basis. 

TikTok iOS app screenshot

Getting Around with TikTok: Your First Steps

Start with installing TikTok. You can register with it instantly via your existing Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter profile, or create a unique login-and-password combo. If you prefer using your phone number to register with TikTok, the app will create an automatic screen name for you. Whenever you want to change that screen name, follow the easy steps described below.

Upon logging in, you will notice the feed of video suggestions right away. First and foremost, tap the Me icon in the bottom right section of your account screen to make the necessary tweaks to your profile. After that, tap the Edit Profile button and complete the usual profile setup procedure: alter your screen name if necessary, upload a profile pic/video and tell the TikTok world more about yourself. 

If you’re up for it, you can link your Instagram or YouTube page to your TikTok page. That’s especially helpful marketing-wise if you’re registering a business account. By default, all TikTok profiles are public, i.e. your profile information is accessible to anyone, along with the videos you upload. To make your profile a bit more to yourself, head to the privacy settings and customize them to your liking. Don’t forget that to enjoy all the perks of TikTok, you’re going to need to get yourself a pair of top-notch headphones. 

Browsing Through Videos & Connecting with Other Users

Now that your account is all ready and polished, you can return to the page with video suggestions and browse through them. Similar to other social media apps, TikTok will send you user and video suggestions. Feel free to watch these videos and start following the users whose content you fancy the most. Once you start following and connecting with other TikTok members, your feed will swiftly adapt to your preferences. 

Upon watching videos on Instagram or Facebook, you can display your reaction to them by liking and sharing them with others. TikTok is exactly the same in this respect. Feel free to take action whenever you’re up for ‘liking’ or commenting on any video that catches your eye — the heart icon, as well as the speech bubble icon, are always at your service. If sharing a video is your intention, tap the corresponding icon, and your sharing settings will launch. 

If you love someone’s video and want to browse through its author’s other creations, swipe left to study their profile. Now, let’s switch to the topic of using the TikTok search feature. Tap the magnifying glass icon to launch the app’s search functionality. Here, you can engage in searching for both users and videos. Below the search bar, you can pillage the most recent popular videos. 

Following People on TikTok: Keep in Touch

If you want to stay in touch with particular TikTok users or have instant access to their latest videos, you can start following them. To do that, tap their profile image icon and a plus sign right above the heart button on their video. Looking for someone specific on TikTok? Make the most of the search bar and the ‘Users’ filter. 

In addition to this, scanning users’ TikCode helps greatly in finding them. This feature is especially handy if you’re a brand aiming to promote your TikTok business account both online and offline. Also, finding someone via their TikCode is super easy when you meet them in person and decide to add them on the go. 

Looking for your own TikCode? Find it by tapping the 4-square icon in the top right part of your screen. If scanning someone else’s TikCode is what you need, head to the search section and tap the square icon near the search bar. Upon launching the scan screen, center the camera over the code you’re scanning, and the process will initiate in mere moments. The user’s profile will launch instantly.  

Uploading Your Video Creations on TikTok: Post Away

So, are you eager to post your first videos on TikTok? We have a few recommendations for you. Start with tapping the plus sign in the bottom section of your profile screen. After the camera launches, you will see a red recording button on the screen. You can either begin recording instantly or upload a song first — just to make your lip-syncing or dancing synchronize perfectly with the music. In either case, adding a soundtrack to your video later is never a problem.

Similar to Snapchat, TikTok gives you the possibility to apply plenty of AR features to your video posts, changing the way you (and your surroundings) look, as well as adding various effects. Some TikTok effects are even created specifically for your cute little pets — just to make them appear even sweeter and funnier in your video creations. To look through the effects available within the app, tap Effects in the below left part of the screen and have a browse. By using the Speed button, you can either record your video in slow-mo or speed it up. 

In the right upper section of your TikTok recording screen, you will find the Beauty icon. Tap it if you want to look your best in your videos and adjust the available settings to your preference. Below the Beauty icon, you will find the selection of numbered Filters. Last but not least, don’t forget to use the TikTok timer. It’s especially helpful, for it helps you create your videos without pressing down the record button non-stop. That’s exactly what assists the app users in creating their signature dancing vids.  

Explore the Nitty-Gritty of Recording TikTok Vids 

Whenever you’re ready, tap and hold the TikTok record button and take action. Keep in mind that even if you’ve recorded just a fraction of the intended video, you can always record the rest of it later to eventually fuse the whole thing together. 

Not very much into holding the record button all the time? The TikTok timer feature will allow you to position your gadget (and yourself in front of it) during the countdown before the automatic recording launches. Yes, it’s that easy and convenient.

Making Final Tweaks & Adding Video Captions 

After you’ve finished recording your TikTok video, feel free to add songs, stickers, and various filters to it, as well as carry out other enhancements to make your content even more engaging. Furthermore, you can even add text on top of your TikTok creation — that’s what we call freedom of choice. When you’re through, tap Next and switch to adding a caption, relevant tags, or references to other users. 

Furthermore, you can adjust privacy settings for the video, switch comments on or off, as well as regulate other users’ reactions. Once you’re done tweaking your video, you can choose to download it to your mobile phone’s gallery. Tap ‘Save to Album’ if that’s what you’d like to do. Alternatively, if you’re not ready to upload your vid yet, tap the Drafts button to get back to it later. 

Extra Tips: Making Video Duets and Participating in Challenges

Found a music video featuring your favorite song? How about joining the person who has created it? Use TikTok to make a duet video with that person. Just tap the Share button next to the video you want to duet with, then tap ‘Duet’, press record and sing along, have a blast dancing, or do whatever your heart desires to your favorite song. If you’re not interested in dueting with anyone, tap the ‘Duet/React Off’ button prior to uploading your video.

Similar to other social networks, on TikTok you will sometimes see videos with challenges. A challenge is when one of the TikTok users encourages you to film yourself engaging in something strange or funny e.g. pouring a bucket of freezing ice-cold water over your head. Of course, you won’t win anything if you participate in the TikTok challenges. However, hashtagging your video challenges might assist you in getting more followers or views. Therefore, it’s a smart promotion move as well.

Experimenting with TikTok: Engage & Entertain

Although now TikTok may seem very new and unfamiliar to you, pretty soon you will get to grips with how it works, for it’s practice that makes perfect. Whether you use TikTok as a platform to increase brand awareness or as a fun time-waster, make sure you engage in lots of experimentation, practice, and exploration. 

As you’re thinking over your first video ideas, find a few more tips on using TikTok below.

  • Enjoy zesting up your TikTok video creations with a variety of special effects available within the app in plenty.
  • Use your favorite songs in your video posts. If you’ve browsed your TikTok feed already, you’ve probably noticed that most videos have sound effects in the background. 
  • Let your sense of humor run wild when creating your TikTok videos. Most people use the app for fun, after all.
  • If you’re promoting a business on TikTok, research on other brands’ profiles, draw inspiration from their posts, implement the best practices, and create your own unique approach.

Feeling a bit more inspired to brush up on your TikTok skills now? Good for you! Always remember that Chill’N’Chat is the place where you will find the latest news about your favorite applications, as well as the best tips and hacks on how to use them. Have questions about TikTok? Ask them in the comment section below. Our experts will get back to you with answers asap.

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