How to Download TikTok Videos
Want to save a specific TikTok? Learn how to download any TikTok video, with or without a watermark.
Have you ever wondered how to download a TikTok video, or how to do so without a watermark? We feel you. While most TikTok videos are easy to download on your phone or laptop, some aren’t so straightforward.
Can TikTok videos be downloaded?
Broadly, yes: most TikTok videos can be downloaded. It’s a shareable platform, and downloading is often encouraged. Let’s look at how.
How do I download TikTok videos to my phone?
Your mobile phone is the simplest way to download TikTok videos. That’s thanks to the ‘Save’ feature, which is available directly within the platform for most content, offering two ways to snap up videos in-app. Let’s check those out below.
The easiest way: Long press
Once you’ve found the video you want to download, just press and hold your finger in the middle of the screen. A menu will appear with 'Save Video' at the top – it looks like a downward-facing arrow. Give that button a bash, then your phone will save the TikTok video to your local photo gallery. That’s it!
The easy way: Share-save
The second method to save TikTok videos is by clicking the 'Share' arrow on the right-hand side of your screen. If you’re not familiar with this, it looks like a big arrow pointing to the right – you should see it while the video is playing. Once you tap that, a menu will pop up. You’ll see a ‘Save video’ icon – clicking that will save the TikTok video to your phone's photo gallery. Easy!
Why can’t I download a TikTok video?
Unfortunately, not all TikTok videos are created equal: some aren’t downloadable. You might stumble across accounts who’ve disabled the ‘Save’ option, so it’s a little trickier to get hold of those specific videos. If you want to know how to download TikTok videos that aren’t playing ball, you’ll need to leave the app.
How do I download TikTok videos without the Save option?
To download TikTok videos outside the app, you have to save them some other way. The first step is getting hold of the video’s URL. You can do this by hitting the ‘Share’ arrow, then clicking the ‘Copy Link’ button. If you don’t know what that looks like, it’s the little hyperlink icon you’d use to insert a URL in an email, document, and so on.
Once you’ve got the video link, you’ll be able to use that in a third-party app or website. Let’s discuss what those are for, how easy they are to use, and more.
How to download TikTok videos without a watermark
If you’re using a third-party TikTok downloader, it’s probably because you want to get rid of the watermark. We get it. Sometimes, you just want to download your TikToks and reshare them on other platforms, without the TikTok handle popping up. Perhaps you want to incorporate one of your TikToks within a wider video you’re doing on YouTube or Instagram, but the watermark funks with your flow.
So, you have the link for your TikTok video, and it’s free from any copyrighted material that could land you in hot water. How do you download it without a watermark? Here are just a couple of options.
TTDownloader is a popular, free TikTok downloader that gives you a few options to choose from: download the TikTok video without the watermark, with the watermark, or just snag the audio. Remember, you’ll have to think about what sort of content the clip includes, and if you’re permitted to use it on platforms other than TikTok.
SnapTik became super popular in 2023, and it’s understandable: the website is simple and user-friendly, and is also free to use. Its sole purpose is to give you TikTok videos with no watermarks, and it even has an app! OK, the app is only available for Android – sorry, iPhone users – but it’s remarkably simple. Check out our guide to SnapTik here.
How to download TikTok videos on your computer
Using Chrome, Firefox or another browser on your laptop or desktop? No worries. Third-party sites like TTDownloader and SnapTik are more than capable of working in your computer’s browser. You navigate the process in the same way as you would on mobile, and the video will be saved on your laptop as an MP4 file. Sweet!
Now that you know how to download videos from TikTok, it’s worth remembering that golden rule: you can’t download other people’s TikToks and repost them as your own content. If you want to feature their content, you’re best off using the Duet or Stitch features in TikTok – after all, that’s what they’re for!
You should also be sensitive regarding other people’s content. If someone has disabled downloads on their TikTok channel, there might be a good reason! Try to be mindful and respectful of others’ content and boundaries.
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