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How to use TikTok and get the most out of it

TikTok is one of the most popular platforms lately. The video application for mobile devices has been able to create a massive community of creators and viewers worldwide.

Therefore, it is not surprising that in 2018 TikTok was one of the most downloaded applications on the entire planet, both for iOS and Android.

Now, you have downloaded the app and you don't know where to start. Or, your sons and daughters use it continuously and you want to know what the famous app is about. If you are facing one of these two situations you are interested in staying in this article.

Here is a guide so you can understand TikTok and get started in one of the most popular applications around the world.

Download the TikTok app

Before you start the first thing you will have to do (obviously) is to download the application and create an account. Both steps are completely free.

Go to the App Store or to Google Play (depending on if you have an iPhone or a smartphone Android) and download the application. Start the app and click on the Create account button.

Once you have installed and created your account, it will appear on the main TikTok screen, where the last video uploaded will start playing. To pause it, simply touch once on the main screen.

The interface will be familiar if you are already used to using other types of social networks such as Instagram. At the bottom you see the navigation buttons on a horizontal line: Start, Trends, +, Inbox and me.

In addition, on the right side there are a series of icons:

  • The first one will allow you subscribe to the account of the creator or creator of the video that is currently playing.
  • Underneath, the heart icon to obviously give it I like on video
  • Then the button for comment on video
  • Then the one that allows you share.
  • The last icon will take you to the music which is playing on the video and other videos recorded with the same song.

The last button is more important than it seems since many TikTok videos are based on challenges or hashtags They are based on a song.

To browse the videos of others and other users simply swipe up or down. If you slide to the left you see the profile of the person who has uploaded the video (the same as if you touch on the first icon in the list on the right side).

If you tap on the trend icon, see different collections of popular videos grouped in hashtags. Of course, you also have the search bar at the top with which you can find accounts, videos or hashtags specific.

In the inbox will appear the messages you receive from others and other users, while the button I will take you to your personal account, where you can change your avatar, check your status and see which videos you have saved as favorites.

The last icon we want to mention is the one with the shape of a + symbol. As you can intuit, this icon is the one that allows you to upload your own content to TikTok. And this is where we enter the second part of this guide. Keep reading!

How to make videos for TikTok

Creating a video for TikTok is an easy and simple task, although it may take a little longer to get all the video editing tools. However, it is all a matter of practice, so get to work!

It is important to keep in mind that undoing something that you have edited is more difficult when you have added another edition, so make sure that each section is to your liking before moving on to the next one.

The main thing is that the video only records when the red button is being pressed, so if you want to change or combine several scenes simply press and release the red button between them to avoid recording the transitions.