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(Pocket-lint) - You downloaded TikTok recently, didn't you? It's addicting, right?

Well, have you graduated from casually scrolling the For You page and liking random TikToks to, maybe, wanting to create your own TikTok videos to share, privately or publically? Or, perhaps, you don't even know where to begin, and you can't figure out what all those buttons are for, and you're amazing at the sheer amount of video-editing tools available. If so, you'll be glad you found this guide.

Consider this a master list of TikTok features, hidden tools, and general tips and tricks. We've been using the app for a while and have dug around just about every nook and cranny of the thing. But, we're always open to learning, so if we missed something, tell us below.


Note: Most of these tips and tricks were written from the perspective of an iPhone user, but they should be the same on Android.

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TikTok tips and tricks: Navigation and basics

Before we dive into tips and tricks, let's go over how to navigate the app. When you open TikTok, you'll see a menu bar on the bottom. It has shortcuts to each of the following five screens (or pages) in the app:


Home shows you two feeds, Following and For you, which you can toggle between.

  1. Following serves up videos from accounts you're following
  2. For You page shows you trending videos and videos that TikTok believes you'd like to watch most (presumably based on your usage data).


Discover mostly shows you TikTok videos tagged with a trending hashtag.

But, from this page, you can also enter search terms to find users, videos, sounds, and hashtags. And a Scan button by the search field opens a viewfinder for you to capture someone's TikCode. Yours is found here, too; it's like a QR code that helps you to quickly find users.

Create video

Create video opens up to the record screen, where you can film a video and do things like adjust its speed, turn on a beauty effect, add a filter, and search for other effects to try. You can even upload multiple videos and photos to edit and share.


Inbox shows you all the activity on your publicly shared videos. You can filter these notifications by things like comments and mentions - just go to the drop-down at the top. Tap the Envelope icon in the corner of Inbox to find all your private messages with friends.


Your public profile that you and other users can see. You can make parts of it - videos you've liked - private. Otherwise, your likes and public videos are visible here. Me also shows who you followed, who follows you, number of likes on all your videos, your favorited videos, and your linked social media like YouTube or Instagram. Me is visible to everyone, so you can add a profile photo and a bio, too.

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TikTok tips and tricks: Search and find

Now, that you know the basics of TikTok, let's dive into its key features and buried options, plus other tips and tricks you should know.

Search and find a TikTok video to watch

The first way to find a TikTok to watch is from the Home screen.

  1. Go to Home from the menu bar.
  2. Tap Following at the top to see videos from accounts you follow.
  3. Or, tap For you to see trending videos and videos that TikTok recommends.

The second way is from Discover.

  1. Go to Discover from the menu bar.
  2. Select a video from one of the trending hashtag carousels, or, from the top, search for videos.

The third way is to go watch videos you've favorited or already liked.

  1. Go to Me from the menu bar.
  2. Tap the Bookmark icon to see videos you've favorited, or saving for watching later.
  3. You can also re-visit videos you've liked by going to the section headed by a Heart icon.

Once you find a video, you can like it, comment on it, save or download it for offline viewing (if allowed by the creator). Some users will even let you duet and react to their TikToks. There are even options to share, create a live photo or GIF, and add to your private favorites for viewing at a later date. You can also find more TikToks using that sound or hashtags from the video.

Search and find TikTok videos by sound

Want to see (and hear) more videos that use a particular audio clip?