Triller: What It Is and How to Use It

Make short music videos with all sorts of filters

Triller is direct competition to Byte, Instagram Reels, TikTok, and other short-form video platforms. The main differences between the four apps are: 

  • Byte: 6-second clips; from the creators of the beloved Vine app
  • Instagram Reels: 15-second clips; built into the Instagram social network.
  • TikTok: 15-second clips; can link multiple clips together for up to 60 seconds.
  • Triller: up to 60-second clips; 16-seconds is the default

What Is the Triller App?

Triller is a short-form video platform, available for Android and iOS. As with its competitors, users create video clips and share them; clips are automatically made public; you can make videos private if you prefer.

You can view Triller videos without an account, as you can on TikTok, but you need to sign up to create videos, follow other users, and like and comment on their videos. (To follow someone, tap Follow at the bottom of their video.)

You can also share videos you like to other social networks or via text or email. You can report content as spam, inappropriate, or I don’t like it. The app doesn’t ask any further questions, though, so it’s unclear what happens after reporting a video.

How to Join Triller

To create videos and interact with others on Triller, you need to sign for an account, and optionally, fill out a profile. Your profile can include a picture, your name, bio, Instagram ID, and a cover photo, in addition to your username (but the username is all you have to provide).

  1. Launch the Triller app.

  2. Tap the profile icon on the bottom right.

  3. Tap Sign up/ log in.

  4. Choose how you want to log in. You can use an email address or sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or a phone number.

    Joining Triller.
  5. If you choose email or phone number, you need to create a username or password. After you’ve input that information, tap Create an account.

    Joining Triller.
  6. You’ll need to confirm your email address, and then you’re ready to post videos and like and comment on others.

Create a Triller Video

You can upload a video you’ve already shot to the app or create clips using the built-in camera. After making one, you can download videos to your camera roll or share them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

  1. Open the Triller app.

  2. Tap the pink plus sign on the bottom of the screen.

  3. Select Social to make a video. (If you want to make a music video, skip to the next section.) 

  4. Tap the video camera symbol to start recording.

    Creating a Triller video.
  5. After a few seconds, a stop symbol appears. Tap it when you’re done recording.

  6. You can edit the video or post it right away. If you want to make edits, tap Edit Video

  7. Tap the timeline to edit your clip. 

  8. Tap the thumbnail at the bottom for more options, including filters, word overlays, emojis, handwriting, typing, and lightening, and darkening the footage.

    Creating a Triller video.
  9. Tap Done when you finish adding effects. 

  10. Tap Finish

  11. Tap Choose Category and select something from the list.

  12. Tap Set to Private if you don’t want to share the video publicly. You can also add a description and tag a location.

  13. Tap Post & Save.

    Creating a Triller video.

Add a Song and Make it a Music Video

To make music videos on Triller, you can record yourself dancing or lip-syncing to your favorite song, and the app will automatically edit it for you. 

  1. Open the Triller app.

  2. Tap the pink plus sign on the bottom of the screen.

  3. Select Music Video.

    Creating a Triller music video.
  4. Choose a song. You can use Triller’s music library or connect yours to the app. 

  5. Next, you can trim the audio and choose the length. Tap the edit symbol to select the runtime you want: from 2 seconds to 60 seconds.

  6. Tap Film to record your video. 

    Creating a Triller music video.
  7. The recording will stop automatically.

  8. Tap Shuffle to see editing options. (Tap the double circles to go straight to filters.) Tap Finish when you’re done editing.

  9. Tap Choose Category and select something from the list.

  10. Tap Post & Save.

    Creating a Triller music video.