WHAT IS TIKTOK?
Tiktok is a fast-growing App that combines the features of Snapchat, Twitch, Vine, and Spotify social networks into one. The record of the download for Tiktok is over 1 billion times and had been increasing for the past three years. Currently, Tiktok records over 1 million users daily. This is a huge investment from a Chinese Company Bytedance that has records of speedy growth since its invention.
The current popularity of Tiktok has made it appealing for many brands to rush into its platform for advertisement. Besides, comedians find the social app very appealing for sharing short video clips. Actually, Tiktok specializes in sharing about 15seconds video clips with the option to insert free music into the video or use the video voice records.
While some celebrities now have a TikTok account, many people are still joining on daily basis. But the navigation aspect of the social app seems like a big challenge. You don’t need to worry about that because that is what this post is about to fix.
When you launch Tiktok on your smartphone for the first time, it is not a crime if you find it difficult to understand how it functions, the job each button plays, the scrolling method, and how to access everything provided for the users of the app to access.
To clearly understand how Tiktok works and how to use it, read this post carefully and follow the steps one after another.
Here are steps you need to follow to understand how to use Tiktok:
- Install TikTok into your Android Phone
- Launch the TikTok app on your Android Phone
- Set up Your Tiktok Profile
- Access the Video Feed section
- View Users profile
- Search for Videos or people
- Share, like, or comment on Videos
- Make your first Video
- Edit your video and publish it
To use your Tiktok app you need to install it into your android phone. You can do that by visiting the Google play store. Use the search form to search for the Tiktok app. Sometimes, Tiktok may appear on the landing page of the Play store app. Click on the App icon and click the ‘INSTALL’ button on the action page. The app will start downloading into your android phone.
Once you open the app you will be prompt to create an account. There are many options for you to choose from. You can either create a Tiktok account with your Facebook account, Google Account, Twitter account, or simply signup with your Phone number or Email address. Any of these options will create your TikTok account.
If you choose the option for a Facebook account, you will be taken to the Facebook authorization page for the TikTok app once you approve it your Tiktok profile will be created. The same happens when you choose a Google account or Twitter account.
If you choose the option of creating the account with your phone number, an authentication code will be sent to your phone once you insert the code in the Tiktok space, your Tiktop account will open. Similar to what you see when launching Whatsapp. If you choose to create the account with your email address, you will need to verify the email by inserting the code sent to your inbox, once that is successful your Tiktok account will open.
Once your account is ready, the next thing should be to set up your TikTok profile. Your profile will look like that of the Instagram app. If you have an active Instagram account handling this section shouldn’t be a problem for you.
All you need to do in this section is to upload your profile picture, change the default username created for you if you used a phone number or email address to set up the account. To locate your profile editing section, click the icon in the low section at the right side with the person’s outline appearance. The moment your profile section opens, click on the ‘edit profile’ button to edit all your information including bio.
Access the Video Feed section
To view, all the videos click back to the first page you first landed. The page will show all the videos available. The videos will start being personalized when you start following people, liking videos, and commenting on videos.
View Users profile
There is an unlimited number of videos as you are scrolling down the video feed. For you to know who to follow, you make like to view their profile. In that case, any video you like on the video feed just scroll or flip the video towards your right-hand direction. This will show details of the video owner such as the profile page and details and other videos uploaded by the person.
Search for Videos or people
To search for the video or any user in the TikTok app simply use the search button located second from the home page button. The search button is in the form of a magnifying glass just after the home button beneath the app interface.
Click on the button and type the name of any user or video you want to search the available suggestions will start showing up, click the search or enter button to get the search result.
Share, like, or comment on Videos
Once any TikTok video is showing on your Android phone screen, there are three buttons positioned vertically at the right-hand side of the screen. The first button is for you to like the video. The second button is for you to comment on the video. And the last button within the curved arrow sign is for you to share the video. These three buttons make it easy for you to participate or carry out an action on any video you found interesting.
Make your first Video
To make your own video in TikTok just click the center button with a cross sign beneath the app interface. The action will force your android phone camera to open. Once your camera opens, you will options that allows you to set the video speed, Beauty settings, Filters, Timers, flash setting, music, and other effects.
Use those available tools to choose video quality. When you are ready to start recording the video just click and hold the red button at the center beneath the camera. If you cannot hold the red button, the timer could be another option by just positioning the phone in a stable location and force the timer to take the recording.
Edit your video and publish it
After recording, you still have the option of editing the video before making the publication of it. You can music overlay, filters, stickers, text, and special effects. After editing, click the ‘next’ button, another page that can enable you to add a caption, hashtags and other users you may tag to the video will show up. You can equally turn the comment off in this section and do other settings to the video. There is an option that says ‘Save to Album’, clicking the button will make the video download to your Android phone gallery folder.
When you are ready, click the ‘Post’ button to publish the video. But if you are not ready to publish the video, click the “Draft” button and it will be on your TikTok account draft folder.