The short video platform Musical.ly was rebranded in 2016 to TikTok, and ever since then the platform has been extremely popular for one reason or another. The privacy concerns aside, TikTok is actually very fun to use, with regular content to view from over 800 million users.
Although the application is primarily meant for use on mobile devices, the thought of viewing and downloading the TikTok videos on your PC may have crossed your mind. To solve this dilemma, here I shall discuss how to download TikTok videos on PC and mobile.
Can You Watch TikTok On PC?
TikTok is available to download on smartphones from the Google Play Store, iOS app store, and the Amazon app store. While there is no official desktop application for TikTok at the moment of writing, you can use the web version of the application platform.
To watch TikTok on PC, all you need to do is visit the TikTok official website at TikTok.com, and click on the Watch Now button at the top right corner of the website. Following this, you will be able to enjoy user generated small videos on TikTok, on your Windows 10 or macOS computers.
How To Download TikTok Videos?
Content on TikTok has moved on from lip syncing videos to fresh and unique topics, such as fitness, cooking, and beauty. With such a wide range of video content, you will most likely come across a video or two that you wish to save locally.
Method 1: Download TikTok Videos Officially On The Smartphone Application
TikTok officially supports downloading the content uploaded on the platform. However, this feature is limited to the mobile applications only, so you will need to download the application and log into the application if you haven’t already.
On PC, you can use an emulator such as BlueStacks, and install TikTok application.
- Log into the TikTok application.
- Navigate to the video that you want to download on your computer and tap on it.
- At the bottom right corner, you should see a bunch of additional settings. Tap on this quick action button.
- Tap on the Share button, and then select Save Video from the context menu.
Following this, the video will be saved locally in your gallery. Now, you can view the video offline, or share it on other social platforms.
Note: When you share a video directly from TikTok, a video is sent instead of the link to the video. Thus, you do not actually have to save the video for offline use if you just wish to share it.
There is a privacy setting in TikTok, which prevents others from downloading their videos. There is a simple workaround that you can use to download videos from such accounts. This method also involves using the share option, so follow these steps for the same:
- Open TikTok and Navigate to the video that you want to download.
- Tap on the Share button from the quick settings at the bottom right corner.
- Select Share option from the quick options menu.
- Finally, tap on Share as GIF button.
Once the conversion completes, a GIF file will be stored to your camera roll. This is a simple workaround to download TikTok videos.
Method 3: Use Online Services
If you want to download TikTok videos on your computer, you can make use of one of the online services. Such services can be used to extract the video if you have the URL of the intended video that you wish to download.
One of the most popular websites is TikTok video downloader, which is used by a multitude of users to download TikTok videos free of cost. Another popular tool is Downloaderi. To use such services, you can either get the URL from the mobile application, or from the web version of the application as mentioned above.
- Obtain the download link for the video that you wish to download. You can either get the share link from the mobile link, or use the web version to navigate to the video.
- Copy the video link.
- In a new tab, navigate to the TikTok video downloader service that you wish to download.
- Paste the URL to the video in the input bar on the website.
The service will automatically begin downloading the video after you have selected the download location for the video.
Method 4: Use Chrome Extensions
Finally, you can use Chrome extension Instant to download videos from TikTok. This is a handy tool that allows you to get download links for the media content currently on your web page. Simply navigate to the post that you like, and click on the extension icon for additional settings.
So there you have it. Now you know how to download TikTok videos using the simple methods provided above. Did you find this useful? Comment below if you did, and to discuss further the same.