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How to use TikTok without errors: guide for first use

A short guide to find your way around the TikTok video universe. If you want to become a TikToker, but you don't know where to start, we will explain how to use the app. You will find useful tips and tricks to create and share your videos.

Navigation and basic information

If you have already downloaded TikTok, then let's start to see how to navigate the app. When you open TikTok, you will see a menu bar at the bottom. It has shortcuts for each of the following five screens (or pages):

There HOMEshow two feeds, followed is For you, among which you can alternate. The videos of the accounts you are following are shown below. The For You page shows trending videos and videos that TikTok believes you would like to watch more (presumably based on usage data).

DISCOVERmainly shows you TikTok videos tagged with a trendy hashtag. But, from this page, you can also enter search terms to find users, videos, sounds and hashtags. A button Scan next to the search field opens a viewfinder for capture someone's TikCode. Yours is also found here; like a QR code that helps you find users quickly.

The loading it opens on the recording screen, where you can film a video and do things like adjust its speed, activate a beauty effect, add a filter and look for other effects to try. You can even upload multiple videos and photos to edit and share.

ARRIVINGshow all activities on your publicly shared videos. You can filter these notifications based on comments and mentions: go to the drop-down list at the top. Touch the Envelope icon in the Inbox corner to find all your private messages with friends.

MYSELF your public profile that you and other users can see. You can make it private. Otherwise, your likes and public videos are visible here. It also shows me who you followed, who follows you, the number of likes on all your videos, your favorite videos and your connected social media such as YouTube or Instagram. Me visible to everyone, so you can add a profile photo and also a biography.

Search and find published videos

Now that you know the basics of TikTok, let's dive into its key features and buried options, as well as other tips and tricks you should know. Search and find a video to watch:the first way from the home screen.

  • Go to Home from the menu bar
  • Touch Follow at the top to see the videos from the accounts you follow
  • Alternatively, tap For You to view trending videos and videos recommended by TikTok.

The second way from Discover.

  • Go to Discover from the menu bar.
  • Select a video from one of the trendy hashtag carousels or, from above, search for videos.

The third way to go to watch the videos that you have preferred or that you have already liked.

  • Go to Me from the menu bar
  • Touch the bookmark icon to view your favorite videos or save them to watch them later. You can also visit the videos you liked again by going to the section guided by a heart-shaped icon.
  • Once you find a video, you can enjoy it, comment on it, save it or download it for offline viewing (if allowed by the creator). Some users will even allow you to duet and react to their TikTok. There are also options to share, create a live photo or GIF and add them to your private favorites for later viewing. You can also find multiple TikToks using that sound or hashtag from the video.

Search for videos by sound

  • Find and watch a video with sound
  • Touch the rotation record to the right of the video. Or you can tap the scrolling sound link at the bottom of the video.
  • From the sound page that opens, you can add the sound to your favorites, share it, find the original use of the sound (if still available / public) and find all the videos that use that sound. You can even start recording a video with that sound from here.
  • Alternatively, you can find sounds by searching from the Discover screen.

Search for videos for effects andhashtag

Want to see others videos that use a particular effect, how the green screen?

  • Find and watch a video with the effect
  • Touch the name of the effect. It appears with a wand above the handle of the video creator.
  • From the page of the effect that opens, you can add the effect to your favorites, share it and find all the videos that use that effect. You can even start recording a video with that effect from here.
  • Alternatively, you can find effects by searching from the Discover screen.

Want to see others videos tagged with a particular hashtag, like #FYP?

  • Find and watch a video with the hashtag
  • Touch the hashtag. It appears in the video caption, under the creator's handle
  • From the hashtag page that opens, you can add the hashtag to your favorites, share it and find all the videos tagged with that hashtag. You can even start recording a new video to tag
  • Alternatively, you can find hashtags by searching from the Discover screen. Trending hashtags are also displayed in Discover.

Search for other users

The first way to find someone from a TikTok video you're watching.

  • Each video shows you the creator on the left. the first bubble, the photo of their profile.
  • Touch their bubble photo to view their profile.
  • Alternatively, when watching one of their videos, touch the TikTok handle in the corner.

The second way to Discover.

  • Go to Discover from the menu bar
  • From above, look for a user.
  • From the profile of a TikTok user, you can see who their followers are, who follows them, the number of Likes on their videos, their public videos and the videos they liked (if public). You can also access their connected social media like YouTube or Instagram.

TikCode: what it is and how it is found

Here is the fastest way to find your TikCode, a QR code that people can scan to find you:

  • Go to Me from the menu bar
  • Next to your name at the top, touch the icon with four squares.
  • The TikCode will be displayed with the option to save it on the device.

Here is another way:

  • Go to Discover from the menu bar
  • Next to the search field, touch the Scan icon
  • Select My TikCode at the bottom

Scan a TikCode

Here is a way to scan a TikCode:

  • Go to Me from the menu bar.
  • Next to your name at the top, touch the icon with four squares.
  • The TikCode will appear with the option to scan a TikCode.
  • Align the QR code in the frame to scan.

Here is another way:

  • Go to Discover from the menu bar
  • Next to the search field, touch the scan icon
  • Align the QR code in the frame to scan.

Follow and interact

The first way to follow a user from a TikTok video you are watching. Each video shows you the creator on the left. the first bubble, the photo of their profile. Just long press the + sign under the bubble photo to follow them.

The second way when you are looking at someone's profile page.

  • Go to a TikTok user's profile
  • Tap the Follow button on their profile

When you follow a TikTok account, you will not only be able to find their profiles on the Followed tab on the Me screen, but you will also be able to quickly browse through all their latest content from the following feed in Home.

I like or dislike a TikTok video

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the heart icon on the right of the video. Diventer red, showing that you liked the video
  • In order not to like a video, just repeat the step after enjoying a video

Hide or see some videos of TikTok.If you are annoyed by a certain trend on TikTok and you want to see fewer videos of the genre, or maybe just see less videos of that trend, you can label one of them as "not interested", activating TikTok to show you less of those videos going forward.

  • Find and watch a video
  • Long press the video to view a menu
  • Tap Not interested.

Leave and view comments on a TikTok video:

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the Comments button on the right of the video. Or touch Add comment at the bottom
  • The video comment screen will appear, where you will see existing comments and a field to enter your comment
  • Touch the Hashtag icon to tag a user or the Emoji icon to add an emoji to your comment
  • Hit submit when you're done writing your comment. From the video comment screen, simply scroll to view the new comment with the other comments. You can even enjoy a user's comment by tapping the Heart icon next to their comment.

Duet with a video already published

When you duet, you register in split-screen style with another TikTok video (or your video or someone else's if duets allow).

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the Share button to the right of the video. visible only if the creator allows sharing
  • Touch Duet
  • Record a clip by tapping the red Record button
  • Modify it by adding effects, etc.
  • Tap the Next button
  • Change your preferences, for example if private or public
  • Touch Publish to publish your duet.

React to a video

With Reaction, you can literally register by reacting to a TikTok, if the creator allows it. Their video shows the picture-in-picture style.

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the Share button to the right of the video. visible only if the creator allows sharing
  • Touch Reaction.
  • Record a clip by tapping the red Record button.
  • Modify it by adding effects, etc.
  • Tap the Next button
  • Change your preferences, for example if private or public
  • Touch Publish to post your reaction.

View your direct messages

With TikTok, you can send private messages to other users in a direct message area.

  • Go to the Inbox from the menu bar
  • Touch the envelope icon in the corner and send a message

To actually start sending messages to another user, you can:

  • Go to the Inbox from the menu bar
  • Touch the envelope icon in the corner
  • Touch the + sign and search for a user at the message
  • Touch the profile
  • You will see the option to write and start a chat thread
  • Alternatively, when watching a TikTok video, press the Share button on the right and then select Message.

Find contacts and invite your friends

You can check if the people in your device's contacts are already on TikTok.

  • Go to me from the menu bar
  • Touch the Add person symbol in the corner
  • Touch Find contacts. Scroll through the available contacts and press Follow to follow them.

Do you want many of your current friends to talk on TikTok? Invite them!

  • Go to Me from the menu bar
  • Touch the Add person symbol in the corner
  • Touch Invite friends
  • Select the platform you want to send an invitation message and choose your friends

Share and save a video

Some creators allow you to share their videos.

  • Find and watch a video
  • Tap the Share button on the right. visible only if the creator allows sharing
  • Choose where to share: Facebook Messenger, Direct Message, Snapchat, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.

Save a video.Some creators allow you to save their videos on your device for offline viewing.

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the Share button to the right of the video. visible only if the creator allows saving.
  • Hit the save button
  • Alternatively, long press on a video and select save a video. Either way, you can find it from your camera roll or from your device's gallery.

Add a video to your favorites.This essentially adds the videos to bookmarks for later review.

  • Find and watch a video
  • Touch the Share button to the right of the video. visible only if the creator allows saving.
  • Hit the save button.
  • Now, from the Me screen, tap the Bookmark icon to find all the videos you have marked as favorites.

Create and publish a video

  • Go to Upload from the menu bar
  • Adjust your preferences on the camera screen, such as the direction of the camera. You can also enable a beauty mode, add filters or effects and change the speed.
  • Select the length of the clips you want to record from the bottom of the camera screen: 60 seconds or 15 seconds. You can even choose a photographic model to record with: these add a variety of effects and filters to alter the appearance of your TikTok.
  • When you're ready, tap and hold the Record button to continuously shoot your video. If you release it, it will turn anyway. Quickly tap again to stop. You can also touch it quickly to start and stop recording without continuous shots. Either way, record a clip string to edit.
  • Alternatively, tap Uploads on the camera screen to upload photos and videos for editing.
  • Press the Checkmark button when you're done. A preview screen will appear where you can add sounds, multiple effects, text and stickers.
  • Tap Next when you're done editing TikTok.
  • From the Publish screen, add the description, hashtags and tag friends. You can also choose who can view your post and disable comments.

If you want to publish your video From the Mail screen, press Mail at the bottom to share your video. If you prefer save the video in drafts, from the Mail screen, click Drafts below to save your TikTok in a private area on your account in order to be able to revisit it later.

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Change the speed of your video

When creating a TikTok, use the slider at the bottom of the camera screen to record at speeds of .3x, .5x, 1x, 2x or 3x. Also, on the Preview screen, you can go to Effects> Time> Slow Motion if you want to slow it down.

Upload videos and photos

Don't you want to record your appearance right now? Then create a TikTok using the old movies of yourself saved on your device.

  • Go to Upload from the menu bar
  • Tap the Uploads button on the camera screen to browse the gallery of your device
  • Select your media. You will then have the option to cut it, adjust its length, rotate it, etc.
  • Press Next when done. A preview screen will appear where you can add sounds, multiple effects, text and stickers.
  • Tap Next when you're done editing TikTok to go to the Publish screen.

What if I want to upload multiple videos and photos?That's how:

  • Go to Upload from the menu bar
  • Tap the Uploads button on the camera screen to browse the gallery of your device
  • Press the multiple option below
  • Select all the media files and tap Next. You will then have the possibility to synchronize the sounds through the media and adjust them.
  • Press Next when done. A preview screen will appear where you can add sounds, multiple effects, text and stickers.
  • Tap Next when you're done editing TikTok to go to the Publish screen.

Add sounds, hashtag and tag

When filming a TikTok, tap the link Sounds at the top of the Camera screen. You will be able to search for and add sounds from the pop-up page.

  • Go to Upload from the menu bar
  • Touch Sounds at the top
  • Find and select a sound to apply. The preview screen will also allow you to find the sounds to add. So if you upload photos and videos, add sounds from the Preview screen.

A fantastic news is coming. TikTok is experimenting with the possibility of adding music tracks to user-produced videos, directly from an artist's profile. The new TikTok Music Card still in the testing phase.

can add hashtags to the description of your TikTok video on the Mail screen. Tap the Hashtag button to quickly enter trend tags.can to tagusers in the description of your TikTok video on the Publish screen. Tap the @friends button to quickly find friends to tag.

Change the privacy of your video

You can change the privacy of your TikTok video on the Mail screen. Touch Who can view this video and select one of the following options:

  • Audience: visible to everyone
  • Friends: visible only to friends
  • Private: only visible to you

If you want disable comments from the Publish screen. Just tap Comments Off.For disable Duet / React from the Mail screen. This prevents others from dueling and reacting to it. Just tap Duet / React Off.

can disable downloads for all your TikTok videos. This prevents others from saving them for offline viewing:

  • Go to me from the menu bar
  • Tap the More button (…) in the corner
  • Go to Privacy and Security
  • Scroll down to Allow download and disable it.

Followers and activities

View all activity notifications on TikTok.You can see who liked your TikTok videos, comment on your TikTok videos and who mentioned you from one area of ??TikTok.

  • Go to the Inbox from the menu bar
  • Here you will see all the notifications of your activities
  • Further analyze by going to All Activities at the top and selecting Likes, comments, mentions, etc.

Look who you follow: sand you want to see the accounts you follow, go to Me from the menu bar and tap Following on your profile.

View your followers: if you want to see the accounts that follow you, go to Me from the menu bar and tap Followers on your profile.

Profile and settings

Change your profile photo or video. CLike most things on TikTok, there are a couple of ways to do it:

  • Go to me from the menu bar
  • Touch your profile photo and select change photo
  • Add a new profile photo or take one. Simple. Another way to tap Edit profile on your profile and from there you can change your profile photo and even add a profile video.

View the total number of likes on your videos.If you want to see the number of Likes on all your videos, go to Me from the menu bar and look at the number of Likes on your profile.

View your favorites.If you want to see the videos you saved to watch them later, go to Me from the menu bar and press the bookmark icon.