This wikiHow teaches you how to select a specific part of a song for a TikTok video on an iPhone or iPad. Instead of offering full songs that you can trim to the length you want, the TikTok music library contains a whole bunch of short clips that contain parts of a song. The maximum length of a music video is 15 seconds and if you choose a music clip that is longer than 15 seconds, you can shorten it to the desired part of the song you want to keep.
Step #1. Open TikTok on your iPhone or iPad
You can do this by tapping the black square with a white musical note in the middle. You can usually find this icon on the home screen.
Step #2. Tap on the plus icon +
This icon is located at the bottom center of the screen.
- If this is your first time recording a video, tap both Allow access to the camera and Allow access to the microphone as prompted before you can proceed.
Step #3. Tap on the Sounds button
This button is located at the top and center of the screen.
Step 4. Find a fragment of a song
Use the categories to search or find something specific by typing keywords in the search bar. You can tap any sound in the search results to hear a preview.
Step 5. Tap the red and white check mark to select the song
Then you return to the camera screen and your number is selected.
- Each music clip displays the length below the title, such as 00:15, 00:30, 01:00. Some clips start at the beginning of the song while others start at a different time.
- Videos with music can only be 15 seconds long. If you choose a music clip of 1 minute, you can crop it to the desired part that lasts 15 seconds. If you choose a clip that is only 15 seconds long, you will not be able to trim it.
Step 6. Tap the icon depicted as a musical note with scissors
This icon is located in the list of icons displayed on the right side of the screen.
Step 7. Drag the waveform at the bottom of the screen to select part of the song
This waveform can be found under the 'Drag to adjust the sound' header. Drag it so that the desired beginning of the song is at the beginning of the waveform. The time will be updated to show the new beginning of the track. Only the portion of the song that is played repeatedly will be displayed in the video.
Step 8. To confirm, tap on the red and white checkmark located at the top of the waveform
Step 9. Choose your preferences to record
If you need to switch between the front and rear camera, please tap the two arrow camera icon located at the top of the screen. You can also add effects, enable or disable Beauty Mode and much more using the icons displayed on the right side of the screen.
Step 10. Tap and hold your finger on the red circle to record
TikTok will continue to record as long as you keep your finger on the button. Lift your finger to stop recording when you're done.
To record in sections, lift your finger to pause. Then tap the red circle again and don't lift your finger until you're done and want to end the recording
Step 11. Tap on the red and white checkmark located at the bottom right of the screen
This will preview your video.
Step 12. Edit the video and tap the Next button
You can use the usual editing tools to customize the look of your creation.
Step 13. Add caption and tap on Post button
This will share your video with your TikTok followers.