How to Make Your Own Sound on TikTok

Add your own music to your TikTok videos

Previous versions of the TikTok app allowed you to connect to your music library on your device and choose a track to add to your video. Unfortunately, this feature is no longer available on the most recent app version.

At this time, you can only add clips from TikTok's built-in music library. There are, however, a couple workaround options if you really want to add your own own music or audio to your TikTok videos.

The following instructions can be followed for both iOS and Android versions of the TikTok app, however the screenshots provided feature the iOS version. The app is nearly identical on both platforms.

Record Audio Over Your TikTok Video

This can be done whether you're filming a video directly through the app or upload videos from your device. It involves recording audio from your current surroundings (like music playing from your phone, or yourself talking) over your video.

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

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

  3. Once you've finished recording or selected your videos from your device and are happy with the preview, tap Next in the top right.

  4. Tap Recording in the top right.

  5. Get your audio ready, and then tap or long press on the record button to start recording your surrounding audio over your video.

    Screenshots showing how to record sound over a video in TikTok.

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

  6. Optionally check or uncheck the Keep original sound checkbox in the bottom left.

  7. Tap Save in the top right and continue adding any extra edits or effects.

You can adjust the volume of your videos sounds by tapping Sounds at the bottom followed by Volume.

Use Another Video Editing App to Add Your Sound

Since you can no longer add your own sounds to videos directly through TikTok, your only real option to get the same effect is to add it using a different app that actually does have that before. Then, you can upload it to TikTok.

  1. Find and download a video editing app that allows you insert sound clips from your library into your video.

    There are lots of them that are available for free, but for this specific set of instructions we're going to use Quik because it's very simple to use. It's available both free and available on both iOS and Android platforms.

    Quik takes your video footage and automatically detects the best parts of it, keeping only what's needed, which is convenient for creating shorter videos since TikTok has a maximum video length of about one minute. If you want to use your whole video, you'll likely need to use a different app.

  2. Open the Quik app and tap the plus sign in the bottom center.

  3. Tap one or multiple videos you want to add sound to, then tap ADD in the top right.

  4. Your video will be previewed with a pre-selected audio clip according to its theme, but you can change this by tapping the music note icon in the bottom menu.

  5. Scroll horizontally through the music clips until you see the My Music option and tap the blue MUSIC LIBRARY button.

    Screenshots of using TikTok with the Quik App.

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

  6. Tap a track to preview it, then tap SELECT beside it to choose it. The app will play the sound over your video preview.

    If you want 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.

  7. When you're happy with your video, tap the blue SAVE button in the bottom right followed by PHOTO LIBRARY to save it to your device.

  8. Now open the TikTok app, tap the plus sign icon in the bottom center and select Upload to upload the video you just made with your own sound.

    Finishing the sound on a TikTok video with Quik app.