TikTok Tutorial for Beginners 

25 October 2023

TikTok has had a steady growth since the app came out. If you are not on TikTok yet, you have at least heard about it. Downloading yet another app can be daunting, especially with all the new features and trends. Here is a broken-down TikTok tutorial for beginners.

It’s time to jump into the TikTok world and never again be awkward and quiet when your friends are only speaking in TikTok slang. 

After pressing download at the app store, let us walk you through everything you need to know. 

What is TikTok?

TikTok is home to short videos of all kinds of content. It is a social media platform for creating, sharing, and discovering videos. The app is used as an outlet to express yourself through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing, and allows users to create videos and share them across a community. 

TikTok’s Mission is: 

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

After consuming media on TikTok and interacting with certain videos, the TikTok Algorithm takes over. This is where the ‘For You Page’ comes into play. The For You Page is exactly what it sounds like, the page you land on when opening the app here carefully curates a feed of videos you might like based on creators you follow, interests, and past videos you have interacted with in the past. 

This fast-growing platform has quickly become a great place for marketing as well. Influencers and TikTok Shop have now soared to new heights. If you are a business owner and interested in participating in some influencer marketing via TikTok, the time to do it is now! 

Just like many popular apps, there has been some controversy regarding privacy and security concerns. TikTok is owned by a company known as ByteDance, a Chinese-owned company. Lawmakers and regulators have concerns that TikTok may put sensitive user data, like location information, into the hands of the Chinese government. This controversy and concern did not go too far, being that there are still 1 billion users on the app. 

How to Set Up Your TikTok Account

Step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your account:

Step 1. Head on over to the App Store or Google Play and download the TikTok app.

Step 2. Open up the app and hit the “Profile” button.

Step 3. Choose the best way to sign up. You can sign up using your phone or email or use your existing accounts with Facebook, Google, Apple (for iPhone users), Instagram, or Twitter.

Step 4. Next, you will choose and enter a password for your account.

Step 5. This step is very important. You will now choose a username. This is the name that will show up on your profile and be used as your TikTok name or handle.

Step 6. Now hit “Sign Up”.

Step 7. You can also choose if you want your account to be a private or business account. You will just need to go to your profile and locate privacy. If you select a business account you will choose a category that fits your brand best. 

How To Make a TikTok

  1. Tap + at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Upload content from your device library or use the native TikTok camera.
  3. Add sounds, effects, filters, or other editing tools.
  4. Start your video by pressing the Record button.
  5. Record your content.
  6. Tap the check mark.
  7. Make additional edits on the post page.
  8. and BOOM, post your first video!

Upload your Content 

Upload Videos

Don’t want to record your video in the app? Or have pre-recorded content you want to use in your TikTok? Easy! Just upload your content. 

  1. Click Upload and choose the video you want to upload from your camera roll. 
  2. After choosing your video you will have the option to customize it just as you would if you recorded the video in the app.
  3. Once you have chosen all your edits, you can now hit post! 

Upload Photos

To upload photos, you will have 3 options to do so. 

Option 1: You can upload photos exactly the same way as you would video, but instead just hit photos instead of videos.

Option 2: You can insert your photo directly from the “effects”.

Option 3: You can give “Templates” a try. Just swipe from camera to templates and then select the photos you’d like to use. 

How To Use TikTok Filters/Effects

TikTok effects are there to enhance your photos or videos by reaching the height of creativity. You will be able to change your face, background, colors, etc. 

  1. Click on the + sign at the bottom middle of your screen, as you would when recording a new video.
  2. Now locate the winking emoji that says “Effects” and click on that.
  3. Here you will be able to try out a bunch of them and choose which one.
  4. Now record with the effect! 

How to Block Someone on TikTok

If you want to block a user on TikTok, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Go to the person’s profile.
  • Tap the 3-dot icon in the top right.
  • Tap Block and follow the steps in the app.

How to Unblock Someone on TikTok

If you choose to unblock a user on TikTok the steps are just as easy, all you have to do is:

  • Go to the person’s profile.
  • Tap the 3-dot icon in the top right.
  • Tap Unblock and follow the steps in the app.

This is the basics of the very intricate app we know and love, TikTok. This gives you the very fundamental idea of how to start your “TikToking”  After you familiarize yourself with this app you will learn that there is so much more to utilize! 

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