How to Add Your Own Sound on TikTok

Add your own music to your TikTok videos

What to Know

  • You can add sound to your TikTok videos from the built-in music library, by using the voiceover feature, or by using an editing app.
  • The voiceover feature can be used to record your own narrations or music from other sources, like your phone or stereo.
  • Third-party apps you can use to insert sound clips include Quik, Adobe Rush, or InShot Video Editor.

This article explains how to add your own sounds on TikTok using voiceovers or a third-party editing 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.

The instructions in this article apply to the iOS and Android versions of the TikTok app.

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 bottom left 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 top right 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.