How to Get Started on TikTok

Today you will learn how to make a video and post it using the TikTok app. TikTok is a super popular platform for short videos that range from 15 to 60 seconds.

Launching Your TikTok Career

Create Your TikTok Account

You will need to download TikTok for your iOS or Android device and create a free account. You can create an account by using your existing Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account, or by using your email address.

You can also create a new TikTok account using your mobile phone number. You’ll need to verify your new account and create your profile name, while the app will check that the name you choose is unique.

Watch Some Videos

After creating your account, you will see the page to view videos. If you really enjoy a particular video, you can tap on the heart icon, which is the same as “liking” on other platforms. You also have the opportunity to leave comments and “share” the video to other platforms. 

create edit TikTok videos

On the left of the video, you will see an icon for the video creator’s profile. Tap on this to view their profile page. Once here, you can choose to follow them so you can see their future uploads.

The TikTok Menu Bar

The menu bar for TikTok is at the bottom of the screen. You’ll see 5 icons on the menu bar: 

House Icon

The first is a house shape, which refreshes your “For You” page. This page uses AI technology to give you recommended videos based on your history in the app.

Magnifying Glass

Next on the menu bar is the magnifying glass that is used as the search function. This lets you search for specific user content, using a keyword or hashtag. 

‘+’ Sign

The next icon on the menu bar is a “+” that lets you upload your own video creations.

Notifications & Profile Page

The last 2 icons on the menu bar are “Notifications” and a “person” outline that takes you to your profile page. On your profile, you will be able to see all of the videos you’ve uploaded to TikTok.

Privacy Settings

You can also change your privacy settings on your profile page. There are three dots in the upper right-hand corner where you can change your account to private. All new accounts are set as public by default. It’s also possible to have only certain TikTok users view your videos and leave comments.

Edit Profile & Viewers

You can edit your current profile including the description and even the username. If you’re a business owner and want to use TikTok for marketing, you can change to a free Pro account from your profile page.

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