How to Make a TikTok

If you’re completely new to TikTok, then you might be wondering where exactly to start. TikTok is traditionally a video…

If you’re completely new to TikTok, then you might be wondering where exactly to start.

TikTok is traditionally a video sharing app, which supports everything from dance challenges to trending videos using popular audio clips, a regimented structure, or something more unique and off-the-cuff.

Creating your very first TikTok can seem quite overwhelming – however, the beauty of the app is that it can be as involved or as quick and easy as you like. Automated functions enables photos and short video clips to be pulled together into a format that you can accept and post within minutes, or you can dive into the editing process and choose everything yourself.

Whatever your goals on the app, in this article we’re sharing the basic method of creating and making a TikTok.

Creating a TikTok Account

Creating your TikTok account is incredibly easy, especially if you already have other social media platforms and can connect your account to those.

To get started, download the app and then choose which way you want to sign in – using another social profile’s credentials, or an email login.

Once you’re in TikTok, the app will ask you for some information about your interests and what you want to see, will ask for location permission and in-app tracking, and will invite you to link your account with your contacts and other profiles for automatic contact linking.

As soon as you complete this information, your TikTok homepage will start being populated with content that the platform deems relevant and appropriate to you!

5 Steps to Create a TikTok Video

  1. To make your first TikTok, you need to click on the plus sign in the centre of the bottom panel, running along the base of your screen.
  2. Upload your content direct from your device camera reel or stick with the camera screen and get ready to film something directly.
  3. Before recording, you can add filters and other stickers to the screen or select an audio or sound which is going to be layered with your recorded content.

If you are creating a TikTok with existing content from your device, select this then proceed to the editing screen.

  1. When you’re happy with your recorded content, or with what you have created using existing content, click on the large tick button in the centre of the menu.
  2. Your TikTok is now carried over into the Post page, which is where you can add things like hashtags and captions, tag other users, add links, and more.

And voila! Once complete, your very first TikTok is ready to post!

Tips For Your First TikTok Video

Now that you know how to create a TikTok, we wanted to share a few tips and words of advice on maximising the impact of that first piece of content.

If you are a brand, well-known influencer, or figure of authority, then your first post needs to be compelling and start with a hook. A good starting point would be something like “3 Things I’ve Realised Since Joining TikTok” or “I Finally Did It… TikTok Here I Am!” – something which draws attention and connects to your personal brand.

Another tip is to use the first video to become a part of a viral trend – but make it really personal and applicable to you.

Other tips include:

  • Use music which is popular
  • Show your face so that users instantly know who they are following
  • Make sure that your profile is complete before posting your first video
  • Experiment with your content and with the different editing tools available
  • Add captions to make your content really accessible

Finally, if you want to build a reputable and credible profile on TikTok then be sure to post consistently – manually or by using a scheduling tool.

We hope these tips help you to make sure that your first TikTok drives attention and increases engagement for all the right reasons!