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How To Add Music to your Tik Tok Post

Posted by Jamie on October 27, 2019

TikTok is all about music. There are comedians and interviewers and all kinds on the app, but it’s mainly about music and lip-syncs. If you’re new to the app and want to begin creating your own videos, you’re going to need to know how to add music and put a video together. This tutorial will show you how.

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You have two main ways to create TikTok videos. You can create them within the app and publish them directly or create them separately and upload them. Both are simple enough to do; it’s the creative side of the process. That’s the hard bit!

Creating within TikTok has an advantage in that the app has a massive library of music for you to use. All of it is available for use within the app and can be freely synced or edited as you need. You can also use your own music loaded onto your phone to create your 15 seconds of fame.

Creating outside of TikTok is also straightforward, but you have to provide your own music. The advantage here is that you can edit with a lot more freedom on a computer than you can on a phone. That’s even truer if you know your way around an audio editing suite.

I’m going to concentrate on working within TikTok, as that’s how most of us will use the app.

How do I add Music to a TikTok?

Assuming you have the music already on your phone, you just need TikTok installed, an account, and a little free time. One of the neatest things about TikTok is that lip-syncing is simple. Once you know the words to the song and have a copy of it, you just need a mirror and a little practice to sort out timing, and you’re good to go. If you can add some creative flourishes to that video while you’re recording, all the better!

  1. Open TikTok and select the ‘+’ icon to create a new video.
  2. Select “Sound” at the top of the screen to open the audio menu.
  3. Preview a song from within the TikTok audio library until you find a track you like.
  4. Select the checkmark beside the song to add it to your video.
  5. Select the “Red Record” button and prepare yourself to record the video.
  6. Press the “Record” button, do your lip-sync, and complete the video.
  7. Use the effects in the sidebar if you like.
  8. Select the checkmark once you’re happy with the video or Reshoot if you’re not.
  9. Edit your video in the next screen using the tools in the menus.
  10. Select “Next” when you’re happy with your video.
  11. Add a title, caption, and any hashtags.
  12. Set the privacy option to public or friends only.
  13. Select Post.

How do I Add my Own Music to TikTok?

Adding your own music to TikTok seems tricky at first, but with a simple tool called “BeeCut” you can spruce up your videos with any kind of music you want. You won’t be limited to TikToks library anymore.

BeeCut/LightMV (Win & Mac)

BeeCut is a video editor that can be used to put your own music on a TikTok video. Available on both the desktop and app, it’s a super useful tool that supports videos in an aspect ratio of 9:16 – aka the ratio TikTok supports. BeeCut isn’t just used for adding music; it can also be used to add special effects, filters, low and fast motion, add stickers, and more.

  1. Download BeeCut by going to their website, or by downloading the app on your Android or OS device. The app is called “LightMV,” even though it’s the same software as BeeCut.
  2. Open BeeCut, then import your audio and video clips by clicking the “Media” area.
  3. Under “File,” select “New Project” then “9:16 (Portrait)” to start editing your video.
  4. Drag files to the editing area. You can modify the video further in this area but makes sure the duration for the video and audio are similar, so one doesn’t cut the other off.
  5. You can add filters and designs before you complete the video.
  6. Save it to your computer by clicking the “Export” button.
  7. Go back to the TikTok app and click the “+” button.
  8. Select “Upload” in the bottom left-hand corner; select your video from your “Gallery.”
  9. You can choose to edit the video more within TikTok.
  10. Select “Next” and add hashtags, a title, and a caption.
  11. Select “Post.”

You can even add Soundtrack to TikTok if you want a post-production feel to your videos.

How do I put music on my Tik Tok on my Iphone or Android?

The process is very similar to how you would upload a TikTok video on the desktop. Instead of using BeeCut, you would use LightMV. LightMV is the same software as BeeCut; it’s just an app version available on your phone.

LightMV/BeeCut (Android & OS)

LightMV is a video editor that can be used to put your own music on a TikTok video. Available on both the desktop and app (desktop is called “BeeCut”), it’s a super useful tool that supports videos in an aspect ratio of 9:16 – aka the ratio TikTok supports. Light MV specializes in making slideshows mostly, but you can also add music, templates, pictures, and effects.

  1. Download the LightMV app on your Android or OS device.
  2. Create an account on LightMV.com.
  3. Open LightMV, select the “TikTok” template.
  4. Follow the instructions to add photos and videos.
  5. Select “Change Music.” This lets you upload your own music.
  6. You can add filters and designs before you complete the video.
  7. Save it to your phone by clicking the “Produce” button.
  8. The video will take some time to process. You can choose to add an e-mail to notify you when it’s complete.
  9. Go back to the TikTok app and click the “+” button.
  10. Select “Upload” in the bottom left-hand corner.
  11. You can choose to edit the video more within TikTok.
  12. Select “Next” and add hashtags, a title, and a caption.
  13. Select “Post.”

The mechanics of creating a video and adding music in TikTok is very straightforward but there is a lot more to it. Timing is everything, and you will likely find that to begin with, you need to adjust the audio and video timing to match up. Expect to reshoot a couple of times until you get the hang of how it all works.

Effects will take a while too. You have Beauty Effects with the wand that can smooth out your complexion, remove dark areas, and generally make you look good. Color filters to add different colors to the overall feel of the video. Lenses to select a mask or effects like Snapchat. Speed control to speed or up slow down elements of the video for comedic effect. To make your photos and videos look better, you could even invest in lighting equipment!

You can also adjust the audio levels in your video once you finish recording. If you think the soundtrack is too loud, you can use a slider to lower the volume a little. It can make the soundtrack louder too.

Then there are special effects. These change as the app is updated but can include all kinds of neat filters and time effects. Experiment to see if there are any you like.

You can then add a cover image which will act as the thumbnail in TikTok. This can be anything, including a still from the video or completely separate image.

As I said, the actual recording of the video is the easy bit. Practicing and coming up with new ideas and then editing your video is what will take the time. The more time you do take and the more you practice, the more polished your end result will be, and the more likely you will gain an audience once you do post it to TikTok.

One thought on “How To Add Music to your Tik Tok Post”

Alondra Suarez says:
The song says “unknown” and I really want to change it. I want to put a title but it doesn’t allow me even if I put the song there myself
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