A Guide To The App Tiktok 12+ +

It’s been more than three years since the lip-syncing ứng dụng Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular aước ao tweens and teens. The social network has since spread far beyond Generation Z: TikTok has been downloaded over 1 billion times, including 96 million in the United States, according lớn estimates from the retìm kiếm firm Sensor Tower. It’s also owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, now considered one of the most valuable startups in the world. The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second videoclips, which are phối lớn music often licensed from artists & record labels.

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TikTok is now beloved not only by lip-syncing 14-year-olds, but also by comedians, athletes, and, yes, brands. Major corporations like Coca-Cola, Nike, ABC, và Google have run advertising campaigns on TikTok. Even Khloé Kardashian has been paid lớn post sponsored content on the platsize. But the ứng dụng isn’t just home page lớn ads: TikTok is also ground zero for some of the internet’s most popular memes.

You can be forgiven if you feel like you don’t understand TikTok. The ứng dụng is fast-paced và chaotic, combining elements of Spotify, Snapchat, Vine, & Twitch into a single social network. Here’s what you need lớn know khổng lồ get started, from TikTok “Challenges” lớn Coins và Original sounds.

The first thing you’ll need is a pair of headphones. There’s just no way to enjoy TikTok with the sound off. After you download the app, you can immediately start browsing videos. But in order to post any yourself, you’ll need lớn sign up for an tài khoản.

You can make an account using your tin nhắn, your phone number, or a third-tiệc ngọt platform like Facebook. The tiện ích automatically assigns you a username. If you sign up for TikTok with your phone number, the app will generate a generic username such as user1234567. Using an gmail address generates a more personalized ID (although that may present a privacy issue for users).

To change your username, tap the icon in the right bottom corner that looks lượt thích a person’s upper body. Then hit Edit Protệp tin. Here, you can change it to something more chất lượng, as well as add a bio, picture, và Profile Video.

By default, TikTok accounts are public, meaning anyone can see your profile & view the videos you post. To adjust these privacy settings, tap the three dots in the top right corner of your protệp tin.

Now that your profile is ready lớn go, it’s time lớn watch some TikToks. The phầm mềm is divided into lớn two main feeds. The mặc định is For You, an algorithmically generated stream of videos akin khổng lồ Instagram’s Explore page. Swipe left & you’ll find the other, Following, which features uploads from people you choose khổng lồ follow. TikTok is lượt thích a never-ending variety show; it’s pure entertainment. Follow creators who make you laugh, lượt thích
cute_puppies12, which posts the tiniest dogs I’ve ever seen.

You’ll notice lớn the right of every TikTok đoạn Clip a series of icons. The first will take you lớn the profile of the user who posted it. Then there’s a heart, which functions just lượt thích hearts, or likes, on Instagram. Next are comments, then a right-pointing arrow for sharing individual TikToks to other platforms. Cliông chồng the arrow if you want khổng lồ copy the liên kết khổng lồ a specific TikTok, for example, to nội dung it on iMessage. (One note for left-handers: You might find TikTok hard to lớn use, at least at first, since it’s often right-oriented.)

The very last inhỏ is a spinning record with music notes emanating from it. This represents the song excerpt the user is playing in their TikTok. Clichồng on it to lớn see the track’s name & artist, as well as a feed of other TikToks that also feature it. For instance, “Nhái ID” by Riton và Kah-Lo—a particu­larly popular traông xã on TikTok—has been featured in over 1.4 million videos, which are shown on the song’s page. These clips are likely not the full extent of “Fake ID” TikToks on the platsize, but more on that a little later.

Don’t want to see a certain kind of TikTok in your feed? Hard press on the video lớn reveal a Not Interested button.


Ready khổng lồ share your own TikTok? First, tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. The camera will open, revealing a red record button reminiscent of Snapchat. Before you start recording, you can add a song, so that your lip-sync, dance, or skit is in time with the music. If you want to film something in the moment, you can skip ahead và start recording without a musical traông chồng, then add the music later.

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Like Snapchat, TikTok has an array of AR effects that can be used in videos, which vị things lượt thích change the color of your hair or eyes. Tap Effects on the left-h& side to browse them. The World tab includes options meant for the environment, such as a delicious-looking slice of augmented-reality pizza. There are even special effects designed to lớn be used on dogs và cats.

On the right side of the recording screen is a Beauty button, which subtly erases the dark shadows under your eyes. Below it is the filters thực đơn. Unlượt thích Instagram, whose filters have sầu now-iconic names lượt thích Mayfair & Valencia, TikTok’s are simply numbered. The last & most important feature here is the timer, which lets users film videos without continuously holding down the record button. It’s what makes TikTok’s signature nhảy videos possible.


TikToks can be up to 15 seconds long, but users can also connect multiple clips together for up khổng lồ 60 seconds of total recording. You can also upload longer videos that have sầu been recorded outside the phầm mềm itself.

Once you master regular TikToks, try experimenting with duets, which split the screen in half và let you sing the same tuy vậy as another creator. To make a duet, tap the giới thiệu button on the original video, and then hit Duet.

Music is at the heart of TikTok; picking a popular tuy nhiên can be the primary reason a đoạn phim goes viral. Here’s how to choose one. First, tap Add a Sound on the right side of the recording screen. A Spotify-esque streaming thực đơn of artists và records will appear. Here, you can browse the most popular tracks on the platform, as well as check out songs from Apple Music.

On this same music streaming menu are the songs associated with TikTok #Challenges. Challenges are what unite the TikTok community, và they’re often sponsored by advertisers. Right now, for instance, ABC is running the #LikeAnAmericanIdol challenge on TikTok, which invites you to “show off your amazing voice!” (So far, 25.3 million videos have been created featuring the hashtag.) Google recently ran a similar challenge chiến dịch with the hashtag #HeyGoogleHelp.

Most challenges aren’t sponsored. Instead, they’re created by TikTok and the community itself. The tiện ích is currently featuring the #faketravel challenge for instance, in which users pretend khổng lồ be on a luxurious vacation. The meme pokes fun at influencers who brag about their #jetsetlifestyle on other platforms like Instagram.

To browse all of TikTok’s current challenges, tap the magnifying glass at the bottom of the home screen. At the top of this same menu, there’s a search bar, which can be used to tìm kiếm for specific creators, sounds, or hashtags.


Once you start sharing TikToks, you can kiểm tra how many people have watched them by looking at the view numbers on your protệp tin. Tap the notifications ibé at the bottom of the home screen to lớn see who has commented or liked your videos. Here, you can also see who has looked at your protệp tin or followed you. One important tip: TikTok is notorious for sending hoards of engagement bait in the size of push notifications. If that sort of spam sounds unappealing, turn off TikTok notifications in your phone’s settings thực đơn.

TikTok also notifies users when popular creators are “LIVE streaming” (the feature isn’t available for every user). As on Twitch, while watching a live stream you can tip creators in virtual goods, which are purchased with TikTok Coins. $1 equals 100 coins. Creators often acknowledge their fans or answer questions they ask in exchange for these gifts, a portion of which they can convert inkhổng lồ regular currency.

You now know how to join the lachạy thử TikTok #Challenge. You’ve sầu added a digital pepperoni slice to your lip-syncing masterpiece. And you maybe even danced a little. You’re ready lớn explore TikTok. The ứng dụng has plenty of additional features, và the best way to lớn find them is by playing around yourself. So turn up the volume and go forth.