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Top 5 Apps like TikTok with a safer privacy policy

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TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, is now taking the whole world by storm. It is now sponsoring various music videos such as Dua Lipa’s Levitating, beating YouTube in terms of overall watch hours, having millions and millions of monthly users, and creating a new group of video creators called ‘TikTokers’.

It has a really powerful video editor built into it that lets TikTokers make videos that we know and love and also hate for their clinginess.

TikTok is so popular nowadays that music companies pay them and TikTokers to make videos on their songs so that the song can get viral on the internet. Songs like Tesher’s Jalebi Baby got such a big hit that he made a Single out of it with Jason Derulo! 

There are YouTube videos out there that are made to help you grow on TikTok and get more millions of followers, all the popular stars and big entertainment studios also have their own TikTok pages.

Although it is taking the world by storm, it is not perfect. TikTok is/ had banned in 5 countries so far for its security threat, its payment system isn’t perfect to fill the wallets of the TikTokers and TikTok’s algorithm keeps on changing every few months.

So with all the imperfections, you must be looking for apps similar to TikTok and I have done the research for you. There are apps that you most definitely be knowing but also some which are up and coming.

List of Apps like TikTok

NameBest ForOur RatingWebsite
Instagram Reels and Stories4/5https://www.instagram.com/
YoutubeLong-form videos4/5http://youtube.com/
DubsmashLip syncing videos3.5/5https://dubsmash.com/
SnapchatChatting 3.5/5https://www.snapchat.com/
Facebook Regular posts2.5/5https://www.facebook.com/

1. Instagram

instagram

Instagram, like TikTok, also took the world by storm. It was gaining momentum in 2015-16 but after it revamped itself totally and introduced ‘Stories’ in around 2018 it was never the same anymore.

It was mostly an image-based version of Facebook but slowly they have turned in the direction of video content creation as well with their updates such as IGTV, Reels, and more.

When TikTok was banned in India a lot of companies were trying very hard to fight for its spot but ultimately it was Insta that came out a winner with its Reels. Every individual who used to make fun of TikTokers for their videos is now doing the same thing on Insta with Reels. 

And for good reason as well, Insta reels really have a great organic view growth as it reaches a lot of people on the platform. And yes they are major trends that are followed by these Reels but a lot of people also get recognized as well.

Plus the editing features on Insta Reels are also amazing and downright crazy if you think about how much you are getting for free, including using music for which you won’t get a copyright.

Features of Instagram

  • Insta Stories
  • IGTV
  • All the celebrities available 
  • Insta Live feature
  • Great stats for Business accounts

Pro and Cons of Instagram

ProsCons
Superb UI for both Laptop and PhoneOwned by Facebook
Organic reach from Reels  
Great app  

Review on Instagram

Instagram is definitely a competitor to TikTok with its Reels feature and some more editing tricks than TikTok but being owned by Facebook and its latest backlash regarding its privacy has made some people concerned about the app.

If you are thinking of shifting from Insta because of its privacy issues by its parent company then we have also made a list of Instagram Alternatives for you.

Rating on Instagram

Instagram gets a rating of 4/5 stars.

2. YouTube

youtube

YouTube doesn’t really have a competition in the video streaming platform until now. With TikTok surpassing it with overall watch hours YouTube had to come up with something and that they did, YouTube Shorts. YouTube Shorts is currently in beta version but holds a great amount of potential to go as big as TikTok. 

The reason why TikTok was able to surpass YouTube was that, unlike YouTube, TikTok users don’t have to select what they have to watch, it just keeps on showing them. Whereas in YouTube’s case you can sometimes just scroll through their entire homepage and still don’t find anything to watch for.

YouTube does recommend your content and also has an autoplay feature but it doesn’t spoonfeed you and that can be both plus and minus points for it. In plus, the users have the ability and right to watch what they want to watch and not be spoon-fed by an AI. On the other sometimes when the recommendation is not subpar, users leave the app.

YouTube shorts don’t have that many editing effects right now but YouTube is constantly promoting it as YouTube shorts videos get way more traffic and have been replaced by where you would once see the ‘Trending’ section.

Also since YouTube has the rights to so many songs available by different artists from different countries, you can bet that YouTube Shorts will have you access to those songs that TikTok and Insta won’t.

Features of YouTube

  • Unlimited Space and videos to be uploaded
  • Huge number of monthly followers 
  • Great content and Varied content on all sorts of topics

Pro and Cons of YouTube

ProsCons
Simple to useMany ads
Years of knowledge in making the perfect algorithm   
Great content  

Review on YouTube

YouTube finally has competition and that’s a good thing because a lot of the people felt that it was not doing much in terms of bringing something new to the table because the fact is they didn’t have to. It is very well-managed machinery that satisfies both the users and the investors.

But with small video formats, it seems to finally have a rival and it is ready to take on it with full power. Want to know who all are its competitors? Then read our Youtube alternatives article where we discuss in depth about its competitors.

Also Read: How to fix Youtube not working on Chrome

Rating on YouTube

YouTube also gets a rating of 4/5 stars.

3. Dubsmash

Dubsmash app

Dubsmash! Remember Dubsmash? Back in the year 2015 when it was all the rage and our Facebook posts were filled with Dubsmash? Oh, good old days. Dubsmash is a prime example of not utilizing your full potential.

Musical.ly was launched after Dubsmash and did almost the exact the same thing as Dubsmash but since Dubsmash was already dominating the market they didn’t find much success until they were fused with TikTok.

Dubsmash was such a fan favorite and it was really going viral, celebrities were doing impressions, people were recreating their iconic movie scenes, it was a platform like no other.  It was the first to introduce this short-video format. 

But that’s where it stopped other than exploring more. Dubsmash could have been the new TikTok or an app like TikTok because after a while people got bored of just recreating the voices. They could have added all the fancy effects that TikTok has, made a community out of it, and do so much more. But now they aren’t and just were recently bought by Reddit.

Features of Dubsmash 

  • Lip-sync videos
  • Fun recreational video recreation 

Pro and Cons of Dubsmash

ProsCons
Easy to useNo community
Fun timepass No video effects like TikTok 
Great app Stuck at Lip-syncing videos only

Review on Dubsmash

Dubsmash hurts because I personally found it so much better than Muscal.ly and it was genuinely fun to use. It still can be used and have some timepass fun with but don’t expect something more from it.

Rating on Dubsmash

Dubsmash gets a rating of 3.5/5 stars 

4. Snapchat

snapchat

Snapchat has been going strong for 10 years now! Launched in the year 2011, the team behind Snapchat constantly learnt and look through the trends to update themselves and stay relevant.

Snapchat was started as a chatting platform where you chat by sending pictures. Now it’s an app like TikTok only, with various augmented reality features, Spotlight where you can see and share the best snaps, talk to your friends and see what’s happening in the community and so much more.

Features of Snapchat

  • Community feature 
  • Play Games with your friends
  • Maps feature
  • Creating streaks with friends 

Pro and Cons of Snapchat

ProsCons
Various lenses and featuresNot enough analytics for the snaps
Voice changing app as well 
Not owned by Facebook or any other tech giant  
Vanishing messages

Review on Snapchat

Snapchat isn’t trying to compete with other platforms but is focused on trying to keep its community happy and build more connections and people. It is a great app that doesn’t keep you glued to it and keeps a tab on what your friends and community are up to.

Snapchat pioneered what Dubsmash failed to do i.e. not stopping at one thing and learning to do more things as per the changing times. Everyone does not like Snapchat and some even find it confusing to use. Dont not be worried we have got you covered with the best Snapchat alternatives.

Rating on Snapchat

Snapchat gets a rating of 3.5/5 stars 

5. Facebook

facebook

Facebook is also on the list because it shares a lot of features with Instagram when it comes to short-video content. Even though it has faced many backlashes for its privacy breach, leaks, and invasion of privacy, people still use Facebook and it still has many monthly active members.

Facebook has lost its touch from the year 2017 before Insta was just building up and now is slowly regaining it. It still has various content creators available because the traffic is still there on the app and site, it is just more varied now. 

And since Insta is owned by Facebook, so whatever you share on Insta can be automatically shared on Facebook without making a new post and saving yourself time.

Features of Facebook

  • Various posts of different kind
  • Stories and Reels features also available  

Pro and Cons of Facebook

ProsCons
Facebook’s 2.8 Billion monthly usersInvasion of Privacy
Simple integration with InstagramData Leak
 Not a great customer service
Deleting posts/ groups without any information to the creator

Review on Facebook

Facebook has lost the trust that it once had with its users and sooner or later everyone is going to shift from the app. It is currently sitting on 2.4/5 stars on Google Play voted by 12 Million people! 2.4! That should tell you how much people dislike the app.

Rating on Facebook

We give FB a rating of 2.5/5 stars 

Final note 

For the final note of this article, I would like to say that yes TikTok is booming right now and would continue to do so but that doesn’t mean that it would be there forever. So many apps like TikTok have come and gone which were riding high on the trending train, such as Vine. 

That’s the issue with these new apps that there aren’t guarantees for them because one day you might be making videos on it and get monetized and the next thing you know that they are either banned in your country or have disabled their services.

That’s why the above-named websites have proved their name in the industry and are not going anytime soon. 

Joel Picardo

Joel Picardo

Joel Picardo has been in the startup space for the last 5 years and has worked with startups in the cryptocurrency and digital marketing industry. He founded GeekyMint along with his co-founder SafdarAli with a mission to provide well-reseached articles in the cryptocurrency, finance, technology, blockchain, software, and startup sector

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