Tik Tok has become one of the newest social media phenomena’s, keeping people young and old entertained and smiling during the lockdown period. Created back in 2016, the app now has worldwide popularity and sees millions of users log in every day. The concept is simple: upload videos for other people to enjoy and if you’re lucky, gain a few followers and likes along the way. However, newbies to the Tik Tok craze might not find the app as easy to navigate and use. If you come under that category, then look no further. Here’s our complete guide to using Tik Tok.
Create an account
Great things have to start from somewhere, and the most obvious first step in using Tik Tok is to create your own account. Unlike other platforms, Tik Tok will actually allow you to browse other people’s videos without creating an account for yourself. However, if you do decide to create one, you’ll be able to unlock all of the app’s many features. With an account, you can create your own username, upload videos, follow other users and support them by liking their content. Make sure your username is unique so that other people will be able to find you and you’ll be good to go!
Once you’ve created your account, it’s time to find people to follow. By taking a visit to the app’s main page (the ‘for you’ page), you’ll be able to see a constant stream of videos from users from across the world, so you might want to follow a few of them. Unlike some of its competitors on the app market, Tik Tok doesn’t work in the way that you mainly see content from the people you choose to follow. Whilst you can choose to use the app in this way, Tik Tok is unique in showing you videos from people you don’t follow as well as people you do. However, if you particularly enjoy someone’s content, support them by giving them a cheeky follow and liking their videos.
Find your own style
The secret to success on any social media platform is often to be unique, and Tik Tok is no different. Although it may seem like you see the same dance challenges over and over again on the ‘for you’ page, your account is much more likely to become popular if you find your own niche. Maybe comedy is your thing, or you like to bake and want to share your skills with the rest of the Tik Tok community. Alternatively, you could be good at creating dance routines and aim to be at the forefront of the next dance trend. On Tik Tok, anything goes so just create something you enjoy.
Create and upload videos
It’s now time for the main event… it’s time to upload your first video. The best thing about Tik Tok is that you can literally make a video about anything and there will be people out there that enjoy it, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in. You can either upload a video that you’ve already made or create something directly in the app by using the many filters, effects and templates available. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, add some music or your own sound and it’ll be ready for the world to see. Make sure to finish your post with relevant hashtags; #foryou and #foryoupage are some of the most popular on the platform, however, there are lots of other hashtags you can use.
To have the most chance of your videos appearing on the ‘for you’ page, you need to be consistent with your content. It’s believed that the more videos you produce, the more views you will get because you end up exposing them to more users. Due to Tik Tok’s mysterious algorithm, there is no certain formula for success on the platform; Tik Tok fame doesn’t come easy, and if your dream is to become Tik Tok famous, you will need to put in the hard work. If you’re consistent with your content and produce videos that your followers enjoy, you could easily be the next Charlie Di’amellio.