How Dubsmash Works and How to Use It

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Get Started with Dubsmash

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Social media has fully embraced the short, mobile-recorded video trend. The more creative you can get, the better – and that's why Dubsmash has become such a big hit.

Dubsmash is an app that lets you choose short audio clips of famous quotes from movies, lyrics from popular songs or even sounds from viral videos, which you can dub over video recordings of yourself. It's a quick and easy way to film a really funny video of yourself without having to put a whole lot of effort into it.

The app is available for free for iPhone and Android devices. If you're interested in seeing exactly how it works and how you can get started with using it for yourself, click through the next few slides for a short screenshot tutorial.

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Browse Through Trending, Discover, or My Sounds to Choose a Sound

Screenshot of Dubsmash for iOS

Once you've downloaded the Dubsmash app to your device, you'll be able to get started with filming your own videos right away. Unlike a lot of other apps, Dubsmash doesn't require you to create a new account with a username and password at first, although you'll be ​prompted to do so at some point during the video-making process.

The main tab will show three categories you can browse through at the top: Trending, Discover and My Sounds.

Trending: In this category, you'll find collections of sounds by theme. Tap on Love, Reality TV, Swag, Old School or any other category to see which sounds are contained in them.

Discover: These are sounds that have been uploaded by other users, which you can use freely.

My Sounds: Here, you can upload your own sounds or see all the sounds from other users that you favorited when you tapped the star button on any that you liked.

To listen to a sound, just press the play button to the left of it. If you want to go ahead and start dubbing a video of yourself with a chosen sound, simply tap the title of the sound itself.

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Record Your Video

Screenshot of Dubsmash for iOS

Once you've found a sound clip that you want to use and have tapped its title, the app will bring you to a video-recording tab and will ask for your permission to use your camera.

Tap "Start" to start recording, and you'll hear the sound clip start playing with an audio player at the top of the screen. Once it's finished, you'll see a preview of your video.

You can click the X in the top left corner if you want to redo the video, or tap Next in the top right corner to continue. You can also tap the little smiley face icon in the bottom left corner of the screen to add fun emoji to your video.

When you're happy with your video, tap Next.

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Share Your Video

Screenshot of Dubsmash for iOS

After your video has been processed, you can share it directly to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, via text message or just save it to your camera roll.

If you plan on sharing it to social networks like Instagram, you have to save to your camera roll first and then upload it through the social networking app. 

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View Your Dubs in One Place

Screenshot of Dubsmash for iOS

Navigating back to the main tab with all the sound clips available, you should notice a menu button in the top left corner that you can tap.

A sliding menu will appear with three options: My Dubs, Add Sound, and Settings. All the videos that you create will appear under My Dubs, and you can add a sound by recording it, taking it from iTunes or adding it from your gallery under Add Sound.

Your settings just give you a few customizable options – like your username, phone ​number and preferred language.

That's all you need to know to get started with dubbing! Download the app now if you haven't done so already.