Instructions for TikTok
Tik Tok has been a mega-hype among young people for years. At the beginning of 2020, the app even pushed Instagram, WhatsApp and Co. from the top of the worldwide download charts. Instead of posting pictures like on Instagram, you can upload videos to Tik Tok. In which you dance to music or move your lips synchronously to songs. The result is not only enthusiastic about teenagers: The Tik Tok app is one of the most loaded apps of all, along with Facebook and WhatsApp.
Have you been wondering what this Tik Tok is all about and don’t want to ask in order not to appear as an uncool technology nerd? No problem! In the video we show you what the hype app can do. And why, in times of corona boredom, it is perhaps exactly the right time to deal with the interactive app. Because one thing is certain: it is always funny.
This is how Tik Tok works
On Tik Tok, users can upload short videos accompanied by music. The clips can be adjusted with filters and then shared with others.
Do you think TikTok is good and are you dying to record a funny video yourself and share it with the world? We’ll show you what Tik Tok can do and how to create your own videos.
Download Tik Tok and set up your profile
Search Tik Tok in the App Store or Google Play Store to download the app to your smartphone. When you open the app for the first time, a video will appear explaining the functions of Tik Tok. Here you can already watch various Tik Tok videos using the “Discover” navigation point at the bottom of your mobile phone.
You can register with Tik Tok via the navigation point “Profile” at the bottom right. You can do this with an existing Google, Facebook or Twitter account or with your own account with a name and password. Via “Edit profile” you can change your name and profile picture, set your account to “private” and add something to your biography.
Home (little house)
After you have registered, you will be taken directly to the home page every time you start the app. You can also access your home page via the little house symbol at the bottom of the navigation bar. There you can decide at the top of the screen whether you click “Follow” or “For you”: If you click “Follow”, you will see all the Tik Toks of the users you are following. To begin with, if you don’t have any followers and haven’t liked any posts, Tik Tok will show you clips that are currently trending. The more other accounts you follow and interact with, the better Tik Tok gets to know you.
By the way: In the home area all videos are shown in full screen size, you have to swipe down to get to the next Tik Tok.
The Tik Tok user interface: share, like, follow
You will find all the important interactions relating to the clips on the right in the long navigation bar. The heart stands for likes, the speech bubble for comments and the arrow for the share function. You also have the option of saving the sound of this video to use it later for a Tik Tok yourself and you can follow the creator of the video.
Create Tik Tok
To create a video yourself, first click on the plus symbol in the middle of the menu bar. The camera view appears with the round shutter button in the middle. You can use the menu bar to the left of the camera to apply a filter to your video, change the speed, etc. You can select a song for your video using the note symbol. This can be done either via the favorites that have already been saved or by looking for other sounds in the search bar.
When the video is done, tap Stop. You can now preview and edit your video before you publish it. Also you can still filter it and trim the sound now. You can also adjust the volume and add hashtags, a headline, text, effects or stickers to the video. Do you like your result? Then click “Next” and then “Publish”.
- The most important video settings at a glance:
- Speed: How fast should sound be played when recording?
- Beauty: a filter that smooths the skin is applied.
- Filters: There are several filters to choose from here.
- Timer: Here you can set a timer of 3 or 10 seconds.
- Trim: Here you can decide at which point in the video the sound should start and end (maximum length of 15 seconds).
One of the most important and popular features in Tik Tok is the sound. At the top you will find a clef and the button “Add Sound”. If you tap on it, you will come to an overview page where you can choose your favorite music. The music can then be heard in the background of the finished clip. By the way: You can not only select music here, but also other sounds. Many users also use film scenes or excerpts from comedy shows to record their own video.
Publish Tik Tok
Do you like your result? Then click on “Next”. Now you can add a description to your video, tag friends, and choose whether it should be published publicly, only for selected people or privately. You can also save it in your drafts first and upload it at a later point in time. If everything is great and you want to publish your TikTok, press “Publish”.
Do you want to delete a video? No problem! Simply navigate to the video you want to delete, click on the three dots and delete.