How to Add Photos to TikTok
TikTok owes a lot of its popularity to its extensive set of options and customization. One of the best ways you can personalize your TikToks (videos on TikTok) is by adding photos and photo templates.
Read on and find out how to add photos to TikTok. You can use the images from your device’s gallery, so make sure to have some beautiful pictures ready.
Add Photos to TikTok Background
There are two main ways you can add photos to TikTok. The first one is just adding a photo from your gallery to the background of your TikTok video.
Here’s how to add a photo from your gallery to your TikTok:
- Launch TikTok on your tablet or phone.
- Tap on the plus icon at the bottom of the home screen to create a new TikTok.
- Begin recording your TikTok like you usually would.
- Pause the recording (press the big circle at the bottom of the screen).
- Tap on Effect at the bottom-left hand side of your screen.
- Select the option to upload your own image to change the background option (green photo gallery icon). See the screenshot above.
- Choose a photo from your gallery that you want to use as a background for your video.
- Tap record again to finish shooting the video. Your image will be the new background, pretty neat, right?
Add Photo Templates to TikTok
Another way to add photos to TikTok is to use templates. This option is a better choice if you want to add more than one picture to your TikTok. Here is how you can use templates in TikTok:
- Start TikTok.
- Select the plus icon to start recording a TikTok.
- Choose the Photo Templates option.
- Select a template you like. There are many available (nature, celebrations, etc.).
- Then, choose the photos you want to add and create a TikTok slideshow. Just tap on each desired photo in the order you want them to appear in the video.
- Another thing to keep in mind is that each template has a set number of photos you can upload. When you finish adding the images, press OK at the top of the screen.
- The photos will be uploaded to your TikTok video shortly. Then, you can add some extra flavor with effects, text, stickers, and filters. Press next when you finish working with the effects. We suggest keeping it simple, instead of cluttering your TikTok.
Templates, also known as “Slideshows” are an excellent way to customize your content and gain more TikTok followers. Whether it’s some funny photos or you and friends, or something meaningful like a story you want to tell, adding pictures on TikTok is simple and entertaining.
Having Trouble Adding Photos?
If you’re having trouble adding photos, there are a few things you can check that may correct the problem.
First, make sure your internet connection is strong and reliable. If TikTok is giving you an error, or your photos simply fail to upload, then try using another internet source (switch between mobile data to wifi for example).
Next, make sure the TikTok app is up-to-date. An outdated app won’t perform properly. Head over to the App Store or Google Play Store depending on your OS and tap the option to ‘Update’ if it’s available. After the update is complete, try posting your photo again.
Lastly, check that your phone’s permissions for TikTok are turned on. This is especially easy to spot because your error message will state that you need to turn this setting on. If you’re using an iPhone, head over to settings and tap on the TikTok app. Turn the photos option onto ‘Read & Write.’ If you’re using an Android, head over to Settings, tap on ‘Apps,’ tap on ‘TikTok,’ then tap on ‘Permissions.’ Toggle the switch on and try uploading your photo again.
The Final Touches
You should treat your TikTok photo collage like any other TikTok. When you finish adding photos and effects, feel free to add relevant text to your post. You can also choose a variety of cool TikTok filters to compliment your pictures.
Adding a music track can’t do any harm either, just make sure it fits your selection of photos. Finally, you can add some emoji or stickers to brighten up the tone even further. The choice is yours. However, we’d always add some music to break the monotony.
After editing your photo collage TikTok, press Next, and you will land on the finishing window. From this menu, you can insert your captions where you greet your fans or friends, describe your photos a little, etc. You can also press Select Cover and choose on the photos from your collage to be the cover photo of your TikTok.
Tap Post when you are ready, and that’s it.
Having trouble adding your photos? There are a few things you should try if you don’t have the option to upload photos or they just aren’t posting properly.
Admittedly, it took a moment to find the option to upload pictures for the background image. A lot of learning new apps is clicking on buttons until the right option appears. Fortunately, that’s why we’ve provided screenshots, to make it a tad easier for you to finish the next big TikTok video.
What happens when you don’t have the option to post a photo? Perhaps, they just don’t appear. If this is happening to you, go to the settings on your smartphone and ensure that TikTok has access to your photos and videos. It’s different for each operating system but if you go to settings, locate the TikTok app (under ‘Apps’ on Android, or scroll to the bottom of the main settings page on the iPhone) and allow access to the gallery option.
Why won’t my TikTok videos post? If it’s a posting issue then you’re likely experiencing one of a few things. Your internet speeds may be unstable so the bandwidth isn’t there for you to upload your content. The application may be out-of-date, so head over to your OS’s app store and make sure it’s updated. Lastly, TikTok may prevent you from posting if you’ve violated the terms and agreements. You should probably check your email for any communication from TikTok if this is the issue.
TikTok gives a lot of creative freedom to its users. You can add just about anything to your TikToks, including music, effects, filters, text, and photos from your gallery. If these are your private photos, we also suggest making the video private or only visible to your friends or followers on TikTok.
Once again, there’s no need to use any third-party software for photos on TikTok. How did your latest TikTok turn out? Have you had fun adding pictures and other effects to it? Feel free to share your masterpieces in the comments section below.