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How to get started with TikTok- A Complete Guide

Published on: Sept. 8, 2020


How to get started with TikTok- A Complete Guide

With over 600 million active users monthly, TikTok is surpassing apps like Instagram and Snapchat. It is definitely taking over all the app stores. As you must know, Generation Z has assembled to this app like a storm. On the flip side, the high-end brands like The Washington Post are looking for investment and marketing opportunities through TikTok videos. 

Suppose that you are a businessman and are here to advertise your business through TikTok videos. In that case, it can be challenging. Many vloggers discovered TikTok to be a daunting experience for them; it took them a great deal of time to understand how it works. If you find yourself under such a dilemmic situation, do not worry. You will figure out your niche with this guide at your disposal.

One of the best ways to learn about TikTok is to start creating your own videos keeping in mind a personal or a business point of view. You will have to do a sentiment analysis of the people to understand what type of videos you will need to post. Sounds scientific? Don't worry, in this article, we will explore a step by step guide that will help you learn all the prerequisites required to become one of the best TikTokers.


Let’s find out!


Setting Up Your TikTok Account

Every expert was a beginner first. This means, regardless of your sheer enthusiasm, you will have to set up your account before becoming the best TikToker of all time. 

This is the first and foremost step in your journey of becoming a fantastic TikToker. If you own an Apple device, you will have to go to the App Store, type in TikTok, and just download it. The step is the same for Android phones as well. Attached below are the links to TikTok for both IOS as well as Android devices.

Step 1: Download the app and sign up. If you want to download TikTok on your android device, click here. For iOS users, click here. 



Step 2: After downloading and installing TikTok, you will have to open the app and sign up for your account. It is reasonably easy to incorporate your credentials and sign your account up. You can also do an instant sign up by connecting your Gmail, Twitter, or Facebook account. 


Step 3: You can easily incorporate your Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram details, and get a swift access to your TikTok account. However, in a case that you don’t have these accounts, you can press the sign up button and enter all your details manually. Once you press the sign up button, it will take you to the “Enter your Birthday Page.” Enter your birthday and click next! 



Step 4: Once you are done entering your birthday details, you will be introduced to an other page that will require you to enter your Email address. Enter your email address and click Next. 




Step 5: Once you enter your email address, TikTok automatically takes you to a Login page. Here you have to enter the password, and that’s it! Your signup is done. 


Once you are done with the downloading and signing up phase, you will be swiftly introduced with a bunch of video feeds. 


We will talk about this step later. For now, you will want to edit your profile and make it catchy. 

Setting up your TikTok profile

Setting up your profile is essential; it lets you catch attention of other TikTokers. It has the potential to make you famous as fast as possible. Want to be the best TikToker of all time? Follow these steps. 

Step 1: You have to tap on the icon on the bottom right corner option named “Me”; by tapping it, you will be introduced to an another page where you can easily edit your profile. 



Step 2: once you are on your personal page, you will see the “Edit Profile” option at the middle of the page. You have to click that option.  



Step 3: After pressing that option, you will be introduced to bunch of editing features; in which, you can easily edit your profile photo, bio, username, and connect your Instagram and YouTube accounts.


Step 4: Edit your profile picture, get a catchy username, and add a stunning bio. This will be the ultimate step that will help you attract audience. 


Finding Videos and Engaging with Users

After setting up your profile, the first thing that will come to your mind is to lurk around the video feed. Well, yes. That's what you do on TikTok. Once you are on the video feed, think of it as the Twitter feed. However, here the primary content is in video format. If you don't have any followers yet, don't worry, we have got a hack for that as well. We will discuss it later in the guide.


If you have not followed anyone, the app will infuse your video feed with a bunch of random videos. Besides, once you have personalized your interests by following the people you like or liking the videos, you will receive videos according to your interests.


Like, comment, or share videos you enjoy.


This step is essential as it also contributes to your dream of becoming famous. Whenever you discover a video you like, tap the heart button, and comment on it. This will expose you to other content creators. Also, it has the potential to enhance your popularity among a particular niche.

Sharing the videos will let others know about your interests, and they will be delighted to get in touch with you. For this reason, do not hesitate to share any video you like!


Search for videos.


If you want to search and discover your favorite TikToker, you’ll want to read this section. 

Step 1: The magnifying glass icon located on the bottom of the app lets you search your favorite TikToker. Tap on that glass, and it will lead you to the TikTok search engine. 


Step 2: press the search bar located on the top of the page. Type in the username, make sure it is correct. After doing this, you will see many people with similar usernames, tap the most authentic one, and follow!



Follow users via videos, search, and TikCode.

There are many ways you can discover your favorite content creator or personality on TikTok. Some of these methods include TikCode and simply searching.

 If you love someone’s video content and want to follow them, follow these instructions. 


Step 1: Press the profile of artist whose video content you love. Once you do that, you will be brought your favorite artist’s page. 


Step 2: Press the Follow button located on the middle of the page. That’s it! You followed your favorite artist!


Want to know your own TikCode? 

If someone gives you their TikCode, you can easily find them by scanning their code. After scanning, the app will automatically take you to that user's profile. Knowing your own TikCode can be highly beneficial. Suppose you are a business person and want to promote your business through this app. In that case, you can easily just promote your TikCode in the physical world. In this way, people will know about you and follow you by just scanning that TikCode.

To locate your TikTok code, follow these steps. 


Step 1: Go to your personal page and click the three dots located on the top left corner of your page. 

Step 2: Once you press the three dots, you will be brought to another page. Locate the TikCode option and press it. 


Step 3: Once you press the TikCode option, you will be introduced to your personal TikCode. Press the circle option above your username and you can copy your TikCode from there. Now you can easily share your TikCode with friends and family. 

How to Post on TikTok

As you know, the basics how-to-guide of TikTok lets explore the real deal.nKnowing the most effective way to post on TikTok that attracts other users is the best way to start your TikTok journey.


Step 1: Go to your main page, and press the “Plus” button on the bottom of your page. 



Step 2: Once you press the “Plus” option, your camera will open. 



Step 3: Hold the red circle option and start recording whatever you like! Once your recording is done, another page will pop up where you can edit your video!


Step 4: Once done with editing your video, press the “Next” option, located on the right bottom corner of your screen. Once you press it, you will be brought to an other page that finalizes your video. 


Step 5: this is the final step of posting on TikTok. Here, you can describe your video, add necessary hashtags, change the privacy features of your video, and finally post the video by pressing the option on the bottom right corner. 


The ultimate guide of the duet with others

If you are someone scrolling through the never-ending video feed on TikTok, you may have found a video you'd want to be a part of. If you fall under such a category, you'll not want to miss this section. Follow these instructions for creating duets with your favorite TikTokers!

Step 1: Find the video you like, and click on the share button located at the lower right corner of your page. 


Step 2: Once you press it, you will be introduced to a pop-up menu. Select Duet option from that menu. 

Step 3: Once you press the “Duet” option, your camera will open along side your favorite video. Record your reaction or anything you like the way you usually do. 


TikTok allows its users to create duet videos with their favorite personalities. It is an easy to use app, you can create as much content as you want and with whomever you want. For this reason, the option of duet was launched by TikTok. The duet is an amazing tool, it can help you achieve enormous traffic audience to your page and let you have your own reaction to the video of your favorite TikToker.  

Participating in the challenges and trends of TikTok

Just like the different social media platforms such as Instagram, musically, and Snapchat. You will discover many other challenges camouflaged with goofy hashtags. Challenges and trends are something that the social media influencers or massive film figures encourage local Filmmakers (or The TikTokers) to make. These challenges are some sorts of specifics that cannot be described in words. For instance, the bottle flip and the ice bucket challenges were the most famous challenges that stormed the internet.

You can film yourself doing such current challenges and trends. These types of challenges tend to generate more views on your videos and attract more followers.


Make sure to tag the necessary challenge hashtags, as it will expose you to the other people doing the challenge.


A Few TikTok Takeaways


TikTok may feel like an overrated platform; however, it is one of the most popular platforms right now, and many businesses, social media figures are taking over it to reach as much target audience as possible. TikTok is highly addictive and engaging. Many social media influencers use this as their weapon to reach out to more people.

Before you brainstorm your first ever video, here are some reminders you would want to keep in mind for creating highly engaging and unique content. 

  • Use special effects as much as possible. Your target audience expects your video to be unique and better than the last video they watched. Thus, it is vital to create a dent in the video feeds for the day and be unique!
  • Use music to your videos as much as possible. A vague video without any sound will make your posts absurd, and your followers may repel away.


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