How to Change your TikTok Profile Picture

A profile picture can say a lot about a person. Depending on how often you change it, it could signify someone’s mood swing or if they’re having a particularly good hair day that must not go uncelebrated.

How to Change your TikTok Profile Picture

Some people don’t even bother to upload one, discarding that practice as irrelevant. Others may put a lot of thought into it. After all, a profile picture on your social media account is part of how you present yourself to the world.

All social media platforms are more or less spaces for posting pictures. Instagram has taken the lead in that department, but TikTok rules the world of short videos. It’s the ultimate social media app for presenting yourself and your audio-visual creativity.

The World of TikTok

It seems like you either dive right in, or you’re apprehensive about it. TikTok is an entertainment wonder for some and a scary unknown for others. Meaning kids love it, but their parents are confused by it.

When you download the TikTok app, it immediately sucks you in with videos of mostly young people lip-syncing, dancing, performing comedy, or goofing around in general. While you’re looking for where to go from there, you might hear at least part of Rihanna’s song and another soundbite of someone you’ve never heard of. Perfectly normal. That’s TikTok.

Your Profile

When we first find ourselves using a new app, it takes some time to discover all the possibilities. So, we’re likely to use it for a while without realizing certain settings that we would have preferred. But, the basics are usually covered. So, if you want to continue exploring TikTok and discovering its interesting features, it would be a good idea to add details to your profile first. Mainly your username and profile picture.

To change your username, which is also a big part of your online presentation:

  1. Open your TikTok app and click on the Profile button at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Next, click on “Edit profile.”
  3. You’ll be directed to the page where you can type in your new username.

Changing the Picture

When it comes to your profile picture, here is how you upload and change it:

  1. Open your TikTok app and go to your profile page. You can access your profile by tapping on the ‘Profile’ icon in the lower right-hand corner.
  2. Tap on ‘Edit profile’ just under your profile image.
  3. Tap on ‘Change photo.’ Of course, you can also upload a profile video by tapping on ‘Change video.’
  4. Select one of the options that appear in the popup window. You can upload a photo, take a photo, or simply view your current photo and crop it again to make it better.
  5. Tap ‘Confirm.’

You will be able to crop the photo and make it fit as well as possible in TikTok’s round profile picture slot.


Here’s another way to change your profile photo on TikTok. When you’re on your profile page, skip clicking on “Edit profile” and just:

  1. Tap your profile photo.
  2. Your current profile photo will appear. Underneath it, you will see a pencil icon.
  3. Go ahead and press it and you’ll be able to upload a new photo from your gallery.

If, however, you want to post a short video as your profile, TikTok makes that option available as well. This is the short video clips app and it makes sense that TikTok users would want to choose a picture in motion for their profile. Setting it up is very similar to changing your profile picture. All you do is:

  1. Open TikTok and go to your profile page.
  2. Next to the “Change photo” option, you’ll see “Change video.”
  3. Your device’s video gallery will open and you can select which video you’d like to use.
  4. Now you get to trim and select 6 seconds of that video to use for your profile.
  5. Click “Save” and the video will be uploaded.

Removing the video is easy too – just tap and hold the uploaded profile video. You’ll be able to click “Remove” from the menu that pops up.

Completing Your Profile

Now that you have the perfect profile picture, let’s talk about other things you should update on your profile.

Whether you’re looking for more followers or you want people to better understand your content niche, you should add a description in your Bio. This is a small tag line that lets other users know what to expect from your TikTok account. Just keep in mind, you only have 80 characters to make an impact.

Another thing that you can update is your username. A catchy username that is easily recognizable and represents your content is vital for others to easily recognize (or find) your page.

A complete profile page is a fantastic way to encourage others to hit the follow button on TikTok. But you’ll also want to update it periodically to stay relevant. Just be careful, too many changes may make it difficult for your followers to keep up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re new to TikTok or you simply have more questions, we’ve included this section just for you! Keep reading for the answers to more of your most frequently asked questions.

Which profile picture should I use?

It may seem like a little thing, especially on TikTok where your potential followers choose to hit the Follow button based on your videos, so you’re likely overthinking which profile picture to choose.

When you’re choosing your profile picture you’ll want to choose an image that makes you look good, summarizes what your TikTok page is about, and stands out (there are millions of creators). From lighting to poses, the image should be of a high quality and easily recognizable as people scroll through the numerous videos on TikTok.

How often can I change my profile picture?

Fortunately, TikTok allows you to change your profile picture as many times as you like. The company only allows name changes once every 30 days but there is no limit to how many times you can change your profile picture.

Although, if you change your picture several times a day or week it may be difficult for your potential followers to keep up so it’s probably best to put a lot of thought into one and keep it that way before switching to a new one.

Can I change my profile picture on the TikTok website?

TikTok users who prefer the web browser are unable to change their profile picture on this platform. Unfortunately, you will need to use the mobile application to update your profile picture.

Some Say Tick, Others Say Check (Or Is It, Tock?)

The TikTok app might be a bit hectic for some, but it’s an endless sea of fun for others. Setting up your profile only involves a few quick steps so as to make it easier for you to go ahead and direct, record, and upload your videos.

Let us know in the comments below if you prefer a picture or a video for your TikTok profile.

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