Here’s a a handful of steps — with photos — to walk you through setting up your profile, filming your first video, adding special effects, and using challenges or duets to engage with other users.
- Download the app and sign up.
- Set up your profile.
- View your video feed.
- Like, comment, or share videos you enjoy.
- Search for videos.
- Organize your saved videos with Collections.
- Follow users.
- Share your TikTok using TikCode.
- Set up your shot and pick out special effects.
- Record the video.
- Make final edits and add a caption to the video.
- Duet with other users.
- Participate in a challenge.
Setting Up Your Account
1. Download the app and sign up.
Go to the App Store or Google Play and download TikTok. When you open it, TikTok makes it pretty easy to sign up. You can do an instant sign up with Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter, or add a standard username and password if you don’t want any of those accounts connected.
2. Set up your profile.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll instantly be brought to the feed of videos. I’ll show you how it works in step three. But first, tap the icon in the lower right that looks like a person’s outline to see and edit your profile.
Once you enter your profile, tap the Edit Profile button, then select a profile photo or video. You should also add your username and bio information. If you want to show off your other social media profiles, you can link up your Youtube and Instagram pages. If you’re a business, this could be a helpful way to advertise your other visual platforms.
Finding Videos and Engaging with Users
3. View your video feed.
Now that you’ve set up your profile, tap back to the Home tab to see your video feed.
Think of this feed like Twitter’s, but where video is the primary content. If you don’t have any followers yet, the app will send you random trending videos. As you begin following and interacting with more people, your feed will become more personalized to your interests.
4. Like, comment, or share videos you enjoy.
When you find a video you like, you can tap the heart to like it or the speech bubble to comment on it. To share the video, press the forward sign underneath the comment symbol to see your sharing options. These symbols are all located on the right side of the video.
If you really like a video and want to see if the user has more posts you’ll enjoy, swipe left to toggle to their profile.
5. Search for videos.
Tap on the second tab, or magnifying glass, to enter the app’s search area. On this tab, you can either search out accounts or videos, or you can look below the search bar to see videos by trending topic.
6. Organize your saved videos with Collections
Once you start “liking” videos, you can rewatch them under your Saved tab. But be warned: the Saved tab can get messy, quickly. Luckily you can organize your favorite videos under categories — or as they’re referred to on TikTok, Collections.
To access Collections, click on the bookmark icon below the comment icon. Then, press “+ Create new collection” to add a collection. Categorize your saved posts by topic (i.e., fitness, recipes, dog videos), aesthetic, or any other classification you want. Additionally, you can create a collection of your favorite sounds, effects, and hashtags.
7. Follow users.
If you want to keep up with a great video creator, you can follow them by pressing the icon that includes their profile picture and a plus sign.
If you already know of a TikTok account or person that you want to follow, you can search for them in the search bar and then press the “Users” filter.
8. Share your TikTok using TikCode.
Now that you have a TikTok, it’s time to share it far and wide. One of the easiest ways to do so is with a TikCode. A TikCode is a QR code unique to your profile that others can scan to quickly access your profile. It’s an ideal option if you run into a friend in-person who wants to add you.
To find your own TikCode, go to your profile and access your settings options. Then, click QR code. This will open your unique code.