How to Add Your Own Sound on TikTok

Add your own music to your TikTok videos

What to Know

  • TikTok: Select +, then select Record to create a video. Choose Next > Voiceover to record the voiceover, then choose Save.
  • Quik: Select + > [video] > Add. Scroll to find music icon > My Music. Select audio file > Save > Photo Library. Open, share video in TikTok.
  • You can add sound to your TikTok videos through the built-in music library, the voiceover feature, or a third-party editing app like Quik.

This article explains how to add your own sounds on TikTok using voiceovers or a third-party editing app. The instructions in this article apply to the iOS and Android versions of the TikTok app.

How to Do a Voiceover on TikTok

The app incorporates a built-in voiceover feature that lets you talk over a sound on TikTok whether you're shooting a video directly through the app or uploading videos from your device.

Follow these steps to use the tool to record audio, such as music playing from your phone or your own voice narration over the video.

  1. Open the TikTok app and select the plus sign icon in the bottom center.

  2. Record your video through the app by selecting the red record button or upload a video (or several videos) from your device by selecting Upload and choosing the video(s).

  3. After you've finished recording or selecting your videos from your device and are happy with the preview, choose Next.

    Creating a TikTok post
  4. Select Voiceover in the upper-right side of the screen.

  5. Get your audio ready, and then tap or long-press the record button to start recording your surrounding audio over your video. Select or clear the Keep original sound checkbox in the lower-left corner as desired.

    Tap record to record over the entire video. Long pressing is ideal for starting and stopping the recording if you don't want your surrounding audio recorded over the whole video. Move the white video marker along the timeline to record over a specific part.

  6. Tap Save in the upper-right corner and continue adding any extra edits or effects.

    Adjust the volume of your videos sounds by tapping Sounds at the bottom followed by Volume.

    Adding a voiceover in TikTok

How to Use Another Video Editing App to Add Your Sound

Find and download a video editing app that allows you to insert sound clips from your library into your videos, such as Quik, Adobe Rush, or InShot Video Editor. For these instructions, we're going to use Quik because it's simple to use and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

Quik automatically detects the best parts of video footage, keeping only what's needed (TikTok has a maximum video length of about one minute). To use your whole video, you'll likely need to use a different platform.

  1. Open the Quik app and select the plus sign in the bottom center.

  2. Select one or more videos then select add in the upper-right.

  3. Your video previews with a default audio clip according to its theme. Change it by selecting the music note icon on the bottom menu.

  4. Scroll horizontally through the music clips until you see the My Music option and tap the blue music library button.

    You'll need to give the app permission to access your music library.

    Adding music to a video
  5. Select a track to preview it, then choose select beside it to apply it. The app plays the sound over your video preview.

    To make more advanced adjustments to how your sound plays over your video, such as a specific part of a track, you'll have to use an app that offers more advanced features.

  6. When you're happy with your video, select the blue save button in the bottom right, followed by Photo Library, to save it to your device.

  7. Open the TikTok app, select the plus sign icon in the bottom center, and choose Upload to upload the video you just made with your audio.

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