There is no denying that TikTok is the most popular social media platform today. But, unlike just one factor that sets the app apart, it’s a lot of little things, like its commitment to inclusion. By making the platform feel more inclusive, TikTok invites more people to use it. In turn, this makes it the most popular social media app.
One of the ways it is more inclusive is with its closed captioning features. By including subtitles, TikTok becomes more accessible to its users, especially people with hearing loss. And sometimes users simply find themselves in situations where they cannot hear the audio of a video and prefer to read instead. Do you want to add subtitles to your videos? Keep reading. This article will cover everything you need to know about captions on TikTok.
Do you need subtitles for TikTok?
No. There is no rule that requires you to have subtitles for your TikTok videos. But having them can increase your views and help you reach more people.
How to add subtitles on TikTok
TikTok has made it quite easy to turn on subtitles on the videos you create. In fact, TikTok has created a feature that automatically adds subtitles just by scanning the audio of a video. And of course you can also manually add captions to your video to capture exactly what you said or add a little more flair and personality.
Enable automatic captions for your TikTok videos
To allow the app to automatically add subtitles to your TikTok videos, follow these instructions:
- Create your video on TikTok.
- Touch the Captions button.
- Let it process, and voila!
Add subtitles to your video manually
If you’ve ever used Siri or any other speech-to-text feature, then you know that sometimes you miss the mark when determining what you’re trying to say. That could be because he mumbled a bit or because of background noise. Whatever your reason for wanting to add captions manually, it’s pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps:
- Create your TikTok video.
- Tap on the Captions button and let it process.
- Tap the pencil in the corner.
- Add or edit your subtitles.
How to activate and deactivate the subtitles of the TikToks you are watching
Sometimes subtitles can cover important parts of a video. So for that reason, you can choose to disable subtitles on the videos you are watching. This is what you need to do to disable subtitles:
- Touch the subtitles.
- Select Hide subtitles.
If you turn captions off and later decide that you want to turn them back on, you can do so by tapping the captions button on the left side of the screen.
Captions are a great way to open up your TikTok videos to a wider audience. They increase the overall accessibility of a video, allowing more users to enjoy its content. Whether you use TikTok’s automatic captions or add them yourself, both options will add something extra to your videos. And if you’re looking to add something extra to your TikTok profile, here’s how to add a link to your TikTok bio.