TikTok is a rapidly expanding social media platform. With an estimated 1 billion users worldwide, it was one of the most downloaded apps of 2018. It is an app focused on video editing and the audio that accompanies it. The app allows users to watch short videos and create their own content and share that content with followers. With many features such as filters, special effects, stickers, music and sound effects, it is easy to understand why this app is such a big hit!
How To Create a TikTok Account
Setting up TikTok is intuitive and easily done. Simply download the free app and away you go – with access to thousands of hours of video content within minutes. You don’t need a TikTok account to watch videos. Creating an account however will give you wider access on the app, including the ability to create and sharing your own content. It also allows you to follow other content creators, chat, leave comments and like videos.
To create a free TikTok account follow these easy steps:
1. Download the app
2. Open the TikTok app and click on the Account tab
3. The screen to sign up to TikTok will appear. You can create your account with a phone number, email address or social media login.
4. Choose your option and enter your details (email address, phone number etc) You will be asked to complete a short verification process before continuing.
5. Choose a secure password and again, follow the simple verification process.
6. Congratulations! Your TikTok account will have now been created.
You will also get the chance to add a profile picture, bio and link your other social media accounts, to notify your followers that you are now on TikTok.
How do you use TikTok?
TikTok has a “For You” feed, which features the current most popular content on the app. As you watch videos and “like” the content, your “For You” feed will change. It will then feature similar content and videos to those you have previously liked. However, if you want to see less of a certain type of video, or don’t like one, hold down on the screen, click the button that says, “Not Interested”. By clicking this, it will update your preferences. Your “For You” feed will then understand more about the content you wish to see.
How to Create TikTok Video
In order to create your own content, tap the plus sign which is found at the bottom of the screen to open the camera. On the camera screen, there are many effects and features on the right-hand side, which you can use to edit your video. At the top of the screen, there is a button to choose from a list of sounds and music that you would like to use for the video. When you have your settings ready, hold down the red video button at the bottom of the screen to record, and let go to stop recording.
When you’re happy with the video, hit the red checkmark which will lead you to another screen, allowing you to edit your video and add effects. Press the Next button when you’re finished. This will take you to another screen allowing you to caption the video and add tags. To publish the video, simply press “Post”.