How to TikTok – Beginner Tik Tok Tips and Tricks

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Despite the controversies around Tik Tok the app is still taking the digital world by storm, and many brands are signing up for the platform, and people are asking me how to use TikTok so I thought it might be helpful to write a How to TikTok with some Beginner Tik Tok Tips and Tricks.

What is TikTok

Tik Tok was launched in China in 2016 where is was previously known as Doyyin owned by ByteDance who bought out in 2018 and rebranded as TikTok. TikTok is a video sharing social network and one of the fastest-growing social network in the world.  The videos are mostly of users lip-synching to songs and clips, but with more users joining there seems to be more variety.

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy.

TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.

Most of the users on Tik Tok are Gen Z’s but if you are using the platform you will find many ages ranges now. Us oldies are getting involved.  The minimum legal age for TikTok (similar to the age limit for most social networks) is 13. However, I suggest as a parent you look at some of the mature content videos before deciding and also have the don’t talk to strangers chat with your child. Even TikTik advises parents to oversee teen’s use of the internet which includes their own app. And to make sure that all of the privacy settings are on.  I will do a separate blog about this next week.

The latest stats show that TikTok has over 500 million users but this dates back to July 2018, Hootsuite and we are social say this figure was closer to 800 million at the start of the year.

And by now during Covid19 its grown exponentially as of April this year Tik Tok had been downloaded two billion times and Tik Tok reported a 25% increase in views.

How to TikTok – Tik Tok Tips and Tricks.

First of all, let’s look at the home screen or user interface. This gives TikTok Tips and Tricks on its own.

Tik Tok Tips and Tricks

This is ctdiaries on TikTok they have 168K Followers

At the top you will see – Following and For You, this is where you will see videos of your Followers, and on For You this is where you will see trending videos and TikTok recommended videos and also where your videos will go – it’s like the main news feed.

Tik Tok Tips and Tricks

At the bottom you will see HOME – DISCOVER – + – INBOX and ME 

HOME – The home page is your main page you are on when you first log in.
DISCOVER – This is the search function to find videos Users Videos Sounds and Hashtags you want to watch.

+ – this is the button to add and create your own videos.

INBOX – Where you see your own engagement, views, comments, and who has followed you.
ME – This is where you view your own profile with your own videos.

On the right side, you see the PROFILE BUBBLE – HEART – COMMENT – SHARE – AUDIO 

Tik Tok Tips and Tricks

PROFILE – The picture of the profile video you are watching.

HEART – This is how you like a video.

COMMENT – This is where you comment on the video.

SHARE – You are getting it now, this is how you share the video.

AUDIO – This will show you where the audio came from. (Copywrite holder) which you can click and go to the original file.




How to search for your friends on TikTok

  • Go to DISCOVER and type in your friend’s name, user name, or handle.
  • Tap the Profile bubble to see the profile.

How to search for videos using Hashtags 

Hashtags are very useful on Tiktok

  • Go to DISCOVER and put in the hashtag – or trending hashtags appear here.
  • When you are watching a video you can click the hashtag, which is below the user’s hashtag.  And you will see more videos using that hashtag.
  • You can also add this hashtag to your favorite videos.

How to make your videos private on TikTok

With a private account, only uses you approve can follow you and view your videos and likes (existing followers won’t be affected).

    • Tap ME in the bottom right of your TikTok HOME page.
    • Tap the 3 dots in the top right of the page.
    • Now, tap the slide to make your account private.

How to hide videos you have liked 

  • Tap ME in the bottom right of your TikTok HOME page.
  • Tap the 3 dots at the top of the page.
  • scroll down and check ONLY ME.

How to prevent direct messages

  • Tap ME in the bottom right of your TikTok HOME page.
  • Tap the 3 dot again
  • scroll down and check ONLY ME

Have a look through all of those settings, there are lots of options and when you are done you are probably ready to post your first video.

How to upload videos to TikTok

  • Tap + The Red Button in the middle is the record button
    On down the right-hand side, you see lots of options – FLIP – SPEED – BEAUTY – FILTERS and TIMER
    You can add any of those and when you are ready press and hold the red button to record
    When you are ready press NEXT
  • Here you can add more filters, edit the clip and add a voice-over – buttons on the right side
  • At the bottom you will see SOUNDS – EFFECTS – TEXT – STICKERS  – add any of these to your clip
    Tap NEXT
  • Describe your video – with 150 characters – add your hashtags and you can also tag people in your video.
  • Here you can add some more privacy options to the clip.
    Who can view – Allow comments – Allow Duets – Save to device
  • At the bottom of the page, you can see the sharing options to share to Whatsapp, Instagram, and Snapchat
    When you are ready click POST 

How to add effects, games, and filters to your TikTok Video 

  • Tap + The Red Button in the middle at the bottom is the record button
    on the left side of this button, you see the EFFECTS button
  • This is a magic button, it’s like the filters on Snapchat. There are backgrounds, filters games, and all sorts.
  • After you have recorded the video you can add other effects as above.


Hopefully, that will be enough to get you going, there will be some more Tik Tok tips and tricks to come at some point.  But the Tik Tok safety blog will be helpful for kids and parents, that’ll be more helpful.

If you have any questions, I will try to answer, just leave a comment or find me on Twitter @michelledh