How to Add Music to TikTok Videos (and Other Cool Tricks)

Namrata Gogoi

TikTok is more than just a medium to share your cool lip-sync videos. This social-media platform lets you experiment with a variety of things: be it crazy challenges and pranks to witty dialog deliveries, you can do near about everything under the sun.

How To Add Music To Tik Tok Videos And Other Cool Tricks

Plus, the arsenal of songs and audio clips of TikTok spoil you for choice. All you have to do is upload a video, select a song and record away. Yep, it’s that simple. And perhaps this simplicity is what makes TikTok one of the most popular apps today (among many other things).

But what if, you want to add your music to TikTok videos. How do you get it done? Worry not, we have you sorted.

In this post today, we will explore the option of adding your music, or the ones that are stored on your phone to TikTok videos.

Note: We are assuming that the audio files are already on your phone.

How to Add Your Music in TikTok

So if you want to add a tune that you like, and it is already on your phone, then follow these steps.

Step 1: Click on the Upload button to add a video. Next, tap on the Add Sound icon which will take you to the Sound page. Here, you will find all the songs and audio clips that TikTok has up its sleeves.

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However, our point of focus is not this, but the tab that says My Sound.

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Step 2: Tap on it and all the songs stored on your phone will show up. Tap on the one that you want on your video.

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Step 3: Next, hit the Record button and start filming. Once done, polish up the video by adding a filter, or speeding up and slowing the video and that’s about it! Simple, see.

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But at the end of the day, we all know that the road to a popular TikTok account means that your videos have to be near-perfect. In this world of everything-perfect, you can't afford to have background noises or unnatural transitions mar your efforts.

Following are some of the nifty TikTok tips and tricks associated with music and video recordings.

1. Tweak Background Music

As we mentioned above, you can't have a video that has nasty background noises spilling into the foreground. Not only does it steals the wow factor of your clip but also shows your efforts in a bad light.

Thankfully, TikTok has a built-in option to lower or mute the background noise. After recording the audio, tap on the Mixer icon at the upper-right corner.

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Next, drag the Original sound slider to the left. At the same time, adjust the Soundtrack as per your video.

Cool Fact: TikTok has been installed over one hundred million times from the Play Store alone.

2. Trim the Audio Length

When you upload or add a song from your phone, by default TikTok only selects the first 15 seconds of the song. While at times it may be sufficient, but if you ask me, the best part of many song clips are usually reserved towards the middle.

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Hence, it makes sense to trim the audio before you publish your video. To do so, tap on the Trim icon (next to the Mixer icon) and drag the start point. The selected track will be marked in blue. Once you are satisfied with the outcome, hit the Done button.

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Cool Tip: Don't forget to add a flashy transition effect to your video. To add, tap on the Effects icon at the lower-left corner, choose the effect and hit Apply.

3. Search for Trending Music

Speaking of music, did you know you can search for trending music from right inside the app. Just go to the Music tab and scroll down until you see the Trending. Now, swipe right to see the whole collection.

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At the same time, you may want to tap on the Bookmark icon to add it to the My Favorite tab.

Note: Bookmark or Favorite only works when you're signed in to the app.

4. Surprise Yourself

If you ask me, once in a while, you should surprise yourself as well as your followers. And what better way to do that other than marrying a quirky video clip with cool audio. If you are up for it, say hello to the Discover tab. This tab well, helps you find amazing new songs.

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Just go to the Add a sound and tap on the Discover a Sound button. The featured song will start playing immediately. To discover a new one, tap on Try Another. Neat, I'd say!

5. Borrow Someone Else's Music

TikTok also has a neat option that allows you to use someone else's audio clip, and you can do it rather seamlessly. The next time you discover great audio to which you'd like to lip-sync (or dance maybe?), tap on the Album art at the lower-right corner.

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That will display all the users that have used the clip so far. Simply, hit the Record button and add your bit. Once done, save the video and use a third-party video editor to enhance it further.

Be the TikTok Master

To be honest, I am not much of a TikTok creator. I'd rather scroll through the endless loops of weird lip sync videos and challenges. But if you are someone who loves uploading your stuff to TikTok, make sure to use the above methods to create something unique and cool.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.