In this tutorial I will review how to use TikTok on a desktop PC. If you have been using the TikTok application on your PC, you have to use an Android emulator, but now TikTok can officially be used in your PC browser.
TikTok has now finally released the TikTok PC application and is available directly within the browser. For the most part, the functionality of the feature works the same as on mobile, although you have to understand the layout around the desktop, which can be a bit confusing at first. Some features are also disabled, but it’s a great start for desktop users.
How to Use TikTok On Desktop PC
To access TikTok on PC, simply visit TikTok.com. Once you are there, click on the button Watch Now to start. You now have access to TikTok on your desktop.
You can browse by clicking on each video panel on the homepage trending to watch it, or click discover at the very top right to find more content.
You might notice that the functionality is a bit limited. You won’t be able to search for specific tags or phrases, but there is a workaround. If you want to search for a specific tag, just click on the URL bar at the top of the page and type in the following address:
https://www.tiktok.com/tag/type KEYWORD here.
You can also manually search for a specific user by using the following URL:
https://www.tiktok.com/type @USERNAME here.
For now, these are the main solutions that you need to use to browse TikTok on your PC. I predict TikTok will limit the functionality on PC in the future so you should bookmark this page if you need to follow my guide again.
How to Upload TikTok Videos from Desktop PC
You can upload or upload videos to TikTok on PC via the main website, and the functionality is similar to the mobile app when you follow the steps below. First, visit TikTok.com and click Watch Now.
After that, click on the upload button on the top right, then select the option to sign in with your account. If you are new to TikTok, you can use other social platforms like Twitter or Instagram to log in and automatically create an account.
It is highly recommended to download the TikTok app first, and set up your account there as you will have more control within the app itself. You can download TikTok app from Google Playstore or from Apple Playstore.
Once logged in, you can start uploading videos. Just click upload video at the top right of the screen at any time to get started. You will be taken to the upload page. You can click Select a Video to Upload to be taken to the file browser on your computer. Navigate to the video you want to upload, then double-click on it to start uploading.
It is important to know that the video must be under 60 seconds in length and a resolution of 720×1280 or higher. Videos shot in portrait mode will always work better, but landscape videos can also be uploaded. When viewing a landscape video, you will see black bars above and below the video.
When your video is uploaded, you will have several options to edit the caption, tag users, and add hashtags. Click on any of the @ or # symbols and you can type to create and find tags.
When you start typing, suggestions will appear. This is useful if you want to find popular hashtags, as the result will show how many TikTok videos have been posted for each hashtag.
Many of TikTok’s most excellent editing features are missing on the desktop. You can’t select music, which is one of the biggest features of TikTok and you can’t add captions to the video itself. However, for those who have trouble uploading from their phone, this is a great alternative.
If you want to try and get all the features for TikTok, an alternative option is to download an Android emulator on your PC. That way, you can download the mobile app inside the emulator and get access to all the features.
This approach has some difficulties. The TikTok app often crashes or doesn’t respond when you try to upload via the emulator – the developers tried their hardest to stop using the emulator so it hits or misses whether it actually works.
Will TikTok Feature on Mobile Come to Desktop Soon?
TikTok takes a similar approach to Instagram in the way they provide access from a browser. Functionality is intentionally limited to encourage more app installs.
Unfortunately, this means that using the desktop version of TikTok always lacks the video editing features available on mobile. Also, uploading content via the Android emulator rarely works. There are plenty of Microsoft Store apps that claim to offer TikTok features on the desktop, but through my research I haven’t found one that actually works.
So what does this mean? You have to settle for limited functionality on TikTok’s official website, or if TikTok is essential for your work or social life, you will have to change your workflow so that you can easily transfer videos to and from your phone to upload them there.