If you ever see a group of teenagers (or twenty- or thirtysomethings) filming themselves doing literally anything, know this: They’re probably making a video to share on TikTok.
With hundreds of millions of users, TikTok is one of the fastest-growing social media apps in the world. Its infinite scroll of new videos combines perfectly edited lip-syncing, hilarious sketches, and mesmerizing dance moves with delightful special effects and filters.
It’s hard not to fall in love with everyone’s fluffy pets, awkward parents, impressive glow-ups, fails of every kind, and songs and pop-culture references that spark a million memes.
Don’t feel like you need to understand what’s going on to get started—part of the fun is how random and funny real life is. You won’t get all the jokes right away, but keep watching and you’ll see songs and formats pop up in different ways. It’ll soon make sense.
Found a user you like? Tap their handle to see what else they’ve posted. Or tap the audio link at the bottom to see other videos that use the same song or voiceover. If you really like someone, tap their profile photo to follow. New videos they post will get added to your Following tab.
When you’re ready, tap the plus button to craft your own videos. Don’t be embarrassed or nervous, TikTok is a surprisingly supportive community of people who just want to laugh—like you!