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The video-sharing app TikTok is beloved for its plethora of editing options, but also for the way the platform lets you mix sounds with clips to create better content

However, for folks who are new to using its endless suite of features, learning how to add music to TikTok is a tad confusing. It can be equally as hard to figure out how to add your own music to TikTok as opposed to sounds from others. We’ve got you covered, though—read on for a quick tutorial.

How to Add Music to TikTok Videos

How do you add music to TikTok videos? There are two different processes that you can use to add sounds, so it’s a matter of preference. Let’s get into ‘em:

Option 1: Add Music Before Filming

1. Open up your TikTok app and click the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.

2. Click the “Add sound” button at the top center part of your screen.

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3. Search TikTok’s existing catalog of sounds, or go to your Favorites list if you’ve pre-saved any sounds that you loved. Click on the track, and the app will automatically add it to whatever you record. You’re all set!

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Option 2: Add Music After Filming

1. Open up your TikTok app and click the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.

2. Press the bright red button to record your video, and then press the red checkmark when you’re done filming. Once you’re on the next screen, click the “Sounds” musical note icon in the button left corner. It’ll pull up a screen for you to choose your sounds—similar to the first option where you pre-select sounds before recording.

How to Add Your Own Music to TikTok

While the platform has millions of songs and original sounds on it, you might be wondering how to add your own music to TikTok. It’s a slightly more involved process that requires greater patience than just using something that already exists, so make sure you’ve checked that the sound you want isn’t on there.

Moreover, keep in mind that TikTok does have copyright and intellectual property guidelines, so if you try to upload music from another artist that doesn’t belong to you, the app may shut down your account and ban you in the process.

Instructions for Adding Other Sounds Within the App

1. When you’re in TikTok, click the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.

2. Press the bright red button to record your video and then press the red checkmark when you’re done filming. Once you’re on the next screen, click the “Voiceover” microphone icon on the right-hand side of the screen.

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3. From there, hold your mic up to any sounds you put in front of it and want to record. The audio quality might not be perfect, but at least you’ll get what you want.

Instructions for Adding Other Sounds Using a Third-Party App

1. To create a video with your own sounds in a separate app from TikTok, download the InShot Video Editor app for either iOS or Android

2. In the app, select “Create New” and then “Video.” Create the video as you would if you were on TikTok and then mute the video’s original sound. 

3. Tap the “Music” button on the bottom left, followed by the “Tracks” button on the left of that second screen. Now, you’re ready to upload sounds from your phone. 

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4. Continue creating your video as you would in TikTok with those new sounds intact. Lastly, click the “Export” button and upload that video to TikTok.

Instructions for Adding Your Own Music

1. If you want to add your own music itself, you’ll need to use platforms like CDBaby, TuneCore, or UnitedMasters to legally copyright and distribute your work without any logistical issues. Each site has its own steps, but they’re meant to be user-friendly, especially for newer artists.

2. From there, your music should be able to appear directly onto the platform, thanks to these companies’ deals with TikTok.

Putting It All Together

Now that you know how to add music to TikTok and how to add music to TikTok videos, get ready to create some of the best content around!

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