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How to add text to your TikTok videos

Text can help hook viewers and highlight key parts of your TikToks. Here's how to use them.
February 9, 2023

When making a TikTok, adding text can give your viewers a title of what to expect or tell them to wait for a surprise at the end. More than that, you can time the appearance of text to add emphases, such as for sounds, spoken word poems, or step-by-step demonstrations. Here’s how to add and edit text on your TikTok videos.

Read more: A beginners guide to making TikTok videos


To add text to your videos, tap the Text icon during the editing stage of making a TikTok. You can type in the text you want and adjust the font, size, color, and placement. When satisfied, tap Done, and add additional effects before publishing.


How to add text to TikTok videos

When making a TikTok video, you will find many editing tools available along the right-hand side of the screen. The first is Text; all you need to do to add some is tap the “Aa” icon.

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Then, type in your caption. You can choose your text’s color and font style to match the theme. You can also align the text left, right, or center. You can also use the text-to-speech feature if you want an Ai speech bot to narrate your text.

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Once you’re happy with your writing, tap Done in the top right corner.

How to edit text on a TikTok video

After you’ve added your text, you can place it anywhere you’d like on the screen using your finger or use two fingers to pinch and adjust its size. You will see blue guidelines to help you keep the text centered.

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If you decide to change the look of your text afterward, you can. Tap on the text on your video to open a pop-up menu and select Edit. That will take you back to the editing stage described in the previous section.

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If you want to change the length of time your text appears on screen, tap Set duration.

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Drag the red handles on either side of your video’s timeline to edit how long your text displays on the screen. You can play the video or use the white bar to move through the timeline to see how it looks. When happy with the result, tap the checkmark in the bottom right.

You can add multiple texts on-screen, each appearing for different durations. Have fun and experiment with your text on TikTok to find the best results to increase your views! If you run into any issues, we also have a guide to fix them.

Read more: Can you edit a TikTok video after posting?


You can adjust the time your text appears on your TikTok videos by tapping your text and selecting Set duration. You can then use this method to make text appears at different times.

Tap the Text icon, enter your text, choose the font style and color, then tap Done.

Yes, you can change the size of the text on your TikTok videos. During the editing stage, pinch the text box with two fingers by the corners to expand or shrink the text.

Adding text to a thumbnail can only be done at the very end of the editing stage. On the last screen before you post, click Select cover. You can choose the title text you want to use on your TikTok thumbnail.