There is no denying that TikTok is the most popular social media platform today. But, as opposed to a single factor setting the app apart, it’s a lot of little things — like their 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 caption features. By including captions, TikTok is made more accessible to its users, especially to individuals with hearing loss. And sometimes, users simply find themselves in situations when they can’t listen to a video’s audio and would prefer to read instead. Do you want to add captions to your videos? Keep reading. This article will cover everything you need to know about captions on TikTok.
Do you need captions for TikTok at all?
No. There is no rule that requires you to have captions for your TikTok videos. But having them can increase your views and help you reach more people.
How to add captions on TikTok
TikTok has made it quite easy to turn on captions on the videos you create. In fact, TikTok has created a feature that automatically adds captions just by scanning a video’s audio. And, of course, you can also add captions manually to your video to capture exactly what you said or add a little more flair and personality.
Enable auto-captions for your TikTok videos
To let the app automatically add captions to your TikTok videos, follow these instructions:
- Create your video in TikTok.
- Tap the Captions button.
- Let it process, and that’s it!
Add captions to your video manually
If you have ever used Siri or any other speech-to-text features, then you know it sometimes misses the mark when determining what you’re trying to say. That could be because you mumbled a little bit or due to background noise. Whatever your reason for wanting to add captions manually, it’s pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps:
- Create your TikTok video.
- Tap the Captions button and let it process.
- Tap the pencil in the corner.
- Add or edit your captions.
How to turn on and turn off captions for TikToks you’re watching
Sometimes, captions can cover up important parts of a video. So, for that reason, you can choose to disable captions on videos you’re watching. Here’s what you need to do to turn off captions:
- Tap the captions.
- Select Hide Captions.
If you turn captions off and later decide 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 broader audience. They increase a video’s overall accessibility, allowing more users to enjoy your content. Whether you use TikTok’s auto-captions or you add some yourself, both options will add a little 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.