TikTok wants to keep its claim on all of its videos, but if your videos can gain followers and increase engagement on one platform, why not another? It’s easy to download a TikTok video to your phone, but it comes with a watermark that remains if you upload it elsewhere.
The good news is that you can remove TikTok watermarks from videos and re-upload them to other locations. However, it is not always that simple. You must have the right tools, or you can distort your video and make it unwatchable.
Why can’t you crop a TikTok watermark?
A quick web search will turn up a common advice thread: “Just use a video editing tool and crop the watermark.” However, that doesn’t work. At one point, the TikTok watermarks might have stayed in the same location on the video, but now the watermarks periodically move to different parts of the frame.
While you can individually crop the watermark according to your timestamp, the result would be almost impossible to see. Instead, you need the right tools to help remove the watermark without destroying your carefully crafted video.
How to Save a TikTok Video
Not sure how to save a TikTok video? It is easy.
- Open tik tok.
- Open the video you want to save. Near the bottom right corner of the screen, select the Share button.
- Select Save video. The icon looks like a download button.
After doing this, the video will be saved to your camera roll or your Photos app. You will receive a version of the video with the TikTok logo. Unfortunately, you cannot download the original video.
How to remove a watermark from TikTok
There are many ways to remove a TikTok watermark.
Use a service like MusicalDown
What’s better than removing a TikTok watermark? Never having to deal with one in the first place. Numerous websites allow you to download TikTok videos without a watermark, avoiding the need to find a way to remove the videos. You will access these tools through your web browser.
MusicalDown is easy to use. Just enter the link to the TikTok video and you’ll be able to download the video file, perfectly ready to re-upload elsewhere (like Instagram). You can also use SnapTik or any of a half dozen other websites.
use an app
If you want to edit videos directly from your phone, there are plenty of tools to remove watermarks on both the App Store and Google Play Store. Most of the apps are aimed at Windows and Android devices, but there are a few options for iOS and iPhone users. However, keep in mind that not all apps are free, and if TikTok changes the way its rendering algorithm works in the future, these apps may not be able to remove the watermark.
There are numerous examples of these applications. If you have an iPhone, search for VideoEraser or Media.io. Windows and Mac users can use Wondershare UniConverter. Android users have many options, but FilmoraGo is one of the best options.
One thing you can do is resize your TikTok video. Note that this will remove a lot of footage and reduce overall quality, so don’t do this for anything that needs the full frame. However, this may work if you just want to capture a specific moment in a video and don’t care about edge details.
Although it’s called resizing, a better term is cropping. By cutting the outer edges of the video, you remove all areas where the watermark could appear.
Create your own video outside of TikTok
Although it is difficult to save someone else’s video and remove the watermark, you can create the video and after upload it to TikTok with almost all the same benefits. There are numerous creation tools available, but one of the best is CapCut.
It allows you to create numerous projects and gives access to a wide set of editing tools. For example, you can create awesome videos for TikTok and then upload that same video to other social media platforms. Assuming you don’t redownload it from TikTok before uploading, you won’t have to deal with any watermarks (except for the last frame, when the CapCut logo appears).
Downloading TikTok videos without watermarks is not easy, but there are steps you can take to save TikTok videos for later viewing. Best of all, you can do it using free tools that won’t destroy the aspect ratio of the video and spoil the fun.