How to edit TikTok Videos in 5 simple steps

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About TikTok 

TikTok actually doesn’t require any introduction. Even if you are not using the app, you must have heard the name or at least seen its videos on your mobile device in some way or form. 

TikTok is used by a lot of people, including all the famous celebrities that you might know of, and it is not going to stop anytime soon. 

TikTok is a new social media platform that has started the new trend of short-form video content, which other social media giants like Instagram and YouTube have all implemented on their platforms as well. 

You are able to share various types of videos on this platform, and since it is a video-sharing platform, it has a dedicated video editor on its app, also. 

Editing Videos on TikTok

The video editor on TikTok is fairly powerful for its size and is able to edit quite a lot of videos with different types of effects. 

For some people, editing videos on TikTok can be a little tricky, and that is a bit expected, so to help those people, I have written this article. 

In this article, you will able to use TikTok to edit your videos and upload your videos directly from the app itself and post it as well. 

Here are the steps that you need to follow to edit your videos on TikTok. 

Steps for editing videos on TikTok 

Step 1 – Download the App

Well, obviously, the first step that you have to follow is to download the app. TikTok is available on both App Store and Google Play Store, so you can download it on both iOS and Android devices. 

Although, because of some privacy issues with the app, TikTok has been banned from certain countries like India, and even the US has released an issue regarding banning the app. 

So, depending on the country you are staying in, you can download the app. So, that is something that you should look into whether TikTok is available in your country or not.

Step 2 – Upload video 

After downloading the app, you should start it on your mobile device. Once you have started the app on your device, you will have to give it permission to read your media and gallery on your mobile device. 

This is an important step because if you don’t give the necessary permission, then the app wouldn’t be able to read any of the videos that you want to edit on the TikTok’s video editing software. 

If you are using an iOS device, then you also have the option of sharing that particular video that you want to edit rather than giving access to all your videos and images on your gallery. 

You can also try out and shoot videos directly from the app itself and use that footage to edit. For that, you will be required to allow the app to have your camera and microphone accessible. 

Once you have given the app the permission to access your media and gallery, select the video that you want to edit, and the video will be uploaded on the app’s UI.

Step 3 – Use different sets of effects 

Once you have uploaded the video on the app, the video should show on the app’s UI along with the different list of tools and features that are available on the app’s video editing software. 

Most of the effects that you will find on the right, such as filters, stickers, captions, etc. You will also find the option of a green screen option and templates in the bottom section. This is available when you are recording yourself and not while you are importing videos on the app. 

You can search through the different types of filters and effects that are available on the app and try them on the video that you are editing. 

It is a fairly simple option, yet it still requires a powerful mobile device to manage all the different effects that you are trying to apply to your video. 

If you have a fairly old device, then chances are that the app might function a bit slowly, especially when you are editing your videos on the app. 

Step 4 – Open Adjust Clips option

Once you have applied the different effects to the video, you will find that the video and the effects are not lining up properly. For this, you have to click on the adjust clips option that is also available on the right-hand side of the screen. 

The adjust clip option opens a preview option of your video with a slider at the bottom of the screen. Through this, you are able to adjust and alter the length of your video to the desired limit. 

Once you think that the video is of the appropriate length and works well for you, then you can hit the save option that is available in the top right corner.

Step 5 – Save the video

Once you have saved the video and you are satisfied with the overall look of your video, then you are done with editing your video on TikTok; it is that simple. 

You will find multiple different options of editing videos on TikTok, but all of them follow this format only, so no matter whichever template you use for editing your videos, this is the way to go. 

After completing editing your video on TikTok, there is only one thing left, to share it on TikTok. You can easily share your videos from the app itself on your TikTok account and also share them with other social media platforms from the app itself. 

Different apps to edit videos for TikTok

I have written a separate article where I have discussed some of the best video editing apps that you can download from different stores. You can read that article to know more about those apps; these are just some of the apps that you can download for editing your videos for TikTok. 

Also read: Video editing software and app for Youtube

1. Splice

Splice is also an app that offers you a free video editing app for mobile phones, and you can avail of many different features and templates on it.

Splice also offers different types of editing features for audio and video, along with other great tools as well.

Price –  Splice does offer a free trial, but it has paid plans available as well that you can try out.

Sound Plus is priced at $9.99/month, Creator is priced at $19.99/month, and Creator Plus is priced at $29.99/month.

Best for – Splice is best suited for people who are serious about this field and genuinely want to make money out of making TikTok videos.

Platforms – It is available for both Android and IOS devices

2. Inshot

Inshot is a powerful application where you will find lots of tools to edit your videos. You can easily make many more types of videos on Inshot.

It offers a fairly simple user interface, and the app works well on all mobile devices.

Price – It is a free app, but you do have a paid version of it as well. Its paid plan is around $3.99/month or $14.99/year.

You can also pay $34.99 for lifetime access to it.

Best for – Inshot is certainly best for people who are looking to make TikTok videos and more.

Platforms – It is available for both Android and IOS devices.

3. Filmora Go

Filmora Go also offers you to download its video editing app for mobile phones for free, and you can avail many different features and templates that you have access to on Filmora’s desktop apps.

Filmora Go claims to offer many different types of editing features for both audio and video, and you can have a fairly good time at it as well.

Price –  Filmora Go also offers a free plan for its users, but if you want to pay for its services and remove the watermark, then you will have to shell out $49.99/year.

Best for – Filmora Go is also best suited for people who are mostly into editing videos on their phones, and this could be a great application for them as well.

Platforms – It is available for both Android and IOS devices.

Some more apps and software to create the best tiktok videos have been mentioned below.

Kine Master



Final Cut Pro


Let’s discuss some of the frequently asked questions regarding this topic. 

How do I edit a video on TikTok?

Well, I have just mentioned all the steps that are required for editing videos on TikTok; you can read it to learn how to edit your videos on TikTok. 

To sum up all the steps in a simple format, first, you need to download the app and give it access to all your media files. Once you have done that, you need to choose the video that you want to edit. 

After uploading it on the app, you will find various different filters and stickers on the right side of the screen. Select the filters based on your preference. After doing that, you can also adjust the clip to your desired length. 

Once you have done that, your job is done, and you have successfully updated your video on TikTok.

What do TikTokers use to edit their videos?

TikTokers use many different video editing software and apps for editing their videos. I have written an entire article where I have discussed the different apps and softwares that you can try out for editing videos on TikTok. 

I have listed three apps above as well, such as Videshow, Inshot and Filmora Go. However, many TikTokers also use proper video editing softwares, such as Premiere Pro, etc., for editing their videos. 

So, it depends on the level that you are operating at and based on that; you can choose the editing app or software that you want to try out.

Is it possible to edit videos on TikTok?

It is very much possible to edit videos on TikTok. You are able to create different types of videos on TikTok, and it is fairly simple to edit videos on TikTok as well. 

The editing software is fairly powerful in that it is able to take different types of file formats and compress them all into one video that you are trying to edit. 

I have listed above the steps that you need to follow for editing your videos on TikTok, and it is fairly simple to learn them, and you can also try out various other third-party apps and softwares for editing your videos to upload on TikTok.


Well, there you have it. An article discussing about the various steps you will need to try out for editing your videos on TikTok. 

It is actually not that difficult to edit your videos on TikTok, and TikTok has made it fairly simple to edit your videos, and it is this simple nature of using the app that has made it one of the most successful social media platforms. 

As always, these have been my thoughts regarding this topic. What about you? Do you agree with the steps that I have mentioned for editing your videos, or do you think that I have missed out on some?

Whatever your thoughts are, do let us know about them in the comments down below!

Sanjit Mansingh

Sanjit Mansingh

Sanjit Mansingh is a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate. While studying in this field he quickly realized what he wants to do in his life: Filmmaking. His interest in writing scripts is what made him give a try in the world of content writing. Sanjit's an avid Movie Geek and is an award winning Director as well.

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