How to Edit Audio in a TikTok Video

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TikTok has carved out a place for itself in the social media universe. Regardless of the incredible versatility of content provided by TikTok users, music and other sound effects are at the center of virtually every post.

If you're new to TikTok, you might not know how to add, edit, and generally manipulate sound on the app to make your post truly represent what you're trying to say.

Do not be afraid. Although there is a bit of a learning curve, you will learn all the sound editing essentials to add or edit music, sound effects and voice in your TikTok videos.



How to Add Music to TikTok Videos

There are two ways to add music to a video on TikTok. You can either use one of the songs provided by the platform ou create your music separately and upload it in the video. A lot of people just rely on music that's already available, so let's see how it works first.

  1. Open your "TIC Tac" app on your iPhone or Android mobile device.
  2. Click on the "+" icon at the bottom center of the screen.
  3. Record a new video or upload an existing video from your device's library.
  4. When done, click the " Sounds " icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
  5. Now select the song you want from the list. Be sure to press " Following " to see the full menu.
  6. Finally, click on the "red tick" then press " Next. »

When finished, you will see a preview of the video before publishing it. If you are not satisfied with the sound output, you can start over at any time.



How to Change Music Length on TikTok

Now that you understand the basics of editing songs or music on your TikTok videos, it's time to think about an important feature: edit audio length or cut audio on TikTok.

Your TikTok video is going to be between 15 and 60 seconds long, so naturally, you can't fit an entire song into the video. However, the part of the choreography you practiced may only work with one part of the song, so you should cut it accordingly.

Refer to the tips described above to save or download your video. Before publishing it directly, look for the “scissors” icon on the screen, then follow these steps:

  1. Press the " the scissors, " and you will see the sound wave appear at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Use your finger to jump to the section of the song you want. You will be able to see the timestamps of the song.
  3. You can also click on the " Volume " at the bottom of the screen to adjust the desired sound level.
  4. Finally, preview your video and make sure it's ready to publish.

How to change sound after posting on TikTok?

You might be unhappy with the video you posted on TikTok and want to edit it, or you might have had a better idea. Sadly, you cannot change background sounds, including music, on content posted on Instagram.


You're encouraged to do all types of editing before posting, but once that's done, you have no more options, which includes changing the music, subtitles, and everything. rest. Your best course of action is to delete the video and start over.


Before doing so, you can tap the "horizontal ellipse" (three horizontal dots) on the video and select "Save Video" so you don't lose it forever or delete it from TikTok.

How to Add Sounds to Your TikTok Videos

So far, the article was about adding and editing songs (like instrumental sounds) and popular music to your TikTok videos. After all, TikTok users love the app for its many dance challenges and lip-syncing duets.

Either way, music isn't the only type of sound you can add to your TikTok videos. There are also many sound effects and audio clips. You can add a "Happy Birthday" song or a short clip from a famous movie, or even a scene from a TV show.

There are plenty of options, and when you tap the "Sounds" icon, you can use the search bar to explore all the possibilities.

Create original TikTok sounds

Even TikTok has its limits when it comes to sound options. When you create a unique item, you often need an original sound to complement it.

There are two ways to do this. You can either add a voiceover ou use a video editing app to add your sound.

Add a voiceover on TikTok

Voiceovers are extremely popular on TikTok and are often used for educational purposes or to tell a short story. If you want to try this feature, here are the steps to follow.


  1. Record or upload a video from your library to TikTok.
  2. Skip the "Sound" icon and press " Next. »
  3. On the next screen, click on the " Voice off " icon on the right side of the screen.
  4. Press red " Record " and start recording your voiceover.
  5. When you are finished, press " To safeguard " and continue editing and then publishing your video.

Use another video editing app to add your sound

There is another option to add custom audio to your TikTok video. You can add any sound or song you want using third party sound editor app.


A great option is a popular app called « InShot. » It's available on iPhone and Android devices, and it's relatively easy to use. Add whatever you want to your video, save it to your phone, then upload it to TikTok.

How to Make a TikTok Video Funny

If you spend time on TikTok, you might notice that so many posts contain funny sound filters. These are built into the platform and can be used for comic effects.

  1. Open TikTok and record a video.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, click “Voice Effects”.
  3. At the bottom of your editing screen, choose from several fun voice filters like Baritone, Chipmunk, Vibrato, and more.

By following the steps above, the comic voice filters you have chosen should replace the voice of your original audio recording in your Instagram video.

In conclusion, TikTok really stands out when it comes to social media content. It can be silly, funny, and even educational. But it wouldn't have the value it has without the sound and music options you can add.

Avid TikTok users are pros at editing images and sounds, but that doesn't mean beginners won't get used to it quickly. Hopefully the instructions listed above will help you get started creating great videos.

Additional TikTok Sound FAQs

How long can my TikTok video last?

Initially, the maximum length of TokTok videos was 1 minute. After testing more extensive video features with selected creators, TikTok decided to increase the limit. As of July 2022, you can post videos up to 3 minutes long. If you don't have the possibility, it will be available soon. However, note that the video length limit is subject to change at any time, especially since it is still being rolled out.

Can I start the music at a different place on my TikTok video or just at the beginning?

On TikTok directly, there's no way to start music anywhere other than from the beginning. However, you can create silence in your audio for a selected duration to match when you want it to start in your video. Unfortunately, this method is often time-consuming and difficult to perfect in most cases.

Your best option is to use a third-party app. Capcut and InShot are some examples of audio editing. You will want to edit the video before posting it to TikTok. Therefore, you must first create your video from the platform, then use the third-party audio editor, upload it to Instagram, and then make additional "in-house" edits to it.

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