- TikTok is a social media app that allows you to view and post short-form videos.
- To navigate the app, it’s helpful to understand the meaning of TikTok icons.
- Use good judgment while using the app and be aware of protecting your personal safety.
If you’re new to TikTok, getting used to the interface may take a while. While some of the icons are clearly labeled, others might require some understanding.
However, if you’re still a bit confused after exploring, we’re here to explain everything you need to know. We’ve broken down icons based on the page where they are located, making it easier for you to locate icons of interest.
Whenever you open TikTok, you’ll find yourself on the home screen. The icon itself looks like a house and is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. If you click on the home screen, you’ll see a continuous stream of videos tailored to your interests.
While you’re in this area, you have the option to toggle between viewing content from creators you follow or exploring videos recommended by TikTok’s algorithm. The algorithm is designed to provide you with a diverse range of content. As you continue to engage with content, TikTok’s algorithm gets a better sense of your interests based on what you like.
The Friends icon is located to the right of the home icon in the bottom portion of the screen. It looks like a silhouette of a person’s head and shoulders overlapping a slightly smaller silhouette of another person’s head and shoulders.
If you click on the Friends icon, you’ll see content created by your friends. Friends, in this case, are followers that you follow back.
If you want to post content on TikTok, you’ll need to click the plus (+) icon. Here, you can select media from your device’s gallery or record new footage within the app.
The inbox icon looks like a rectangular speech bubble with a dash inside. If you click it, you’ll see all your direct messages as well as various system notifications.
The Profile icon looks like a silhouette of a head and shoulders. If you click on this, you’ll be directed to your own profile.
The original sound icon is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. By clicking this icon, you’ll be able to see all the videos using this sound.
The share icon looks like an arrow and is located in the bottom right-hand portion of the screen.
By selecting this icon, you can opt to share the video with another TikTok user or through various platforms such as WhatsApp, SMS, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and email.
Additionally, this icon provides options like saving the video to your device’s camera roll.
The bookmark icon can be found in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. By selecting this icon, you can save the current video for later viewing. It’s important to keep in mind that if a creator deletes a video you have bookmarked, you won’t be able to access it anymore.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that not all videos can be bookmarked. Occasionally, you might come across advertisements that lack this feature.
The comment icon looks like a speech bubble containing three dots. Tapping on this icon will reveal the entire comment section for the video you are currently watching and will also allow you to add your own comments as well.
If you choose, you also have the option to like or dislike comments left by other users.
The like icon is shaped like a heart. By clicking this icon, you effectively express your approval or appreciation for the video.
The creator profile icon is located just above the heart icon on the right-hand side of the home screen. By clicking this icon, you can go to the creator’s profile.
If you are not following the creator yet, you will also see a plus icon. By clicking the plus icon, you can instantly add the creator to your following list without visiting their profile.
The search icon looks like a magnifying glass and is located in the top right-hand corner of the screen. By clicking this icon, you can search for videos of interest.
The live icon is located in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Clicking it will take you to a feed of real-time videos.
Once you have recorded a new video, you may not be fully satisfied and want to retake it. In this case, you should click the discard icon which looks like a backward arrow containing an X.
Note that once you discard your video, you will not be able to retrieve it.
The continue icon looks like a red circle containing a checkmark. You can click this icon if you are satisfied with a video you have recorded and want to move forward with posting it.
Note that clicking this icon will not instantly post the video. It will simply move you forward in the process, allowing you to further edit your video before allowing others to view it.
The speed icon resembles a speedometer, like what you’d find on a car’s dashboard. This feature allows you to modify the playback speed of your video.
You have a range of options to choose from, including .3x, .5x, 1x (normal speed), 2x, and 3x.
The filters icon looks like three overlapping circles and is located on the right-hand side of the screen. This allows you to access video filters.
Filters are visual effects that can be applied to videos to alter their appearance. This can include simple modifications such as lighting or coloring and can include complex modifications like transforming your face into a banana.
The retouch icon looks like a wand shooting sparks. If you turn it on, your video will be automatically enhanced. This process can include lighting and coloring. It is intended to improve the visual quality of your video.
The timer icon looks like a clock. It gives you the ability to set a recording limit on your video.
The flash icon is shaped like a lightning bolt with a slash through it and is located in the upper right-hand portion of the screen. Touching this icon will turn on the flash which provides additional light during recording.
The flip camera icon looks like two arrows forming a circle and is located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking this icon allows you to switch between the front-facing camera and the back-facing camera.
The Add Sound icon looks like a slanted beam eight note. It allows you to add different types of sound effects to your video.
The X icon is located in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Clicking this will give you the option to discard your video, start over, or save your video as a Draft.
The user feed icon looks like six vertical lines and is located in the left-hand center of the screen. Clicking this icon will allow you to view all the videos you have posted on TikTok.
If you want to upload a video from your camera roll without editing it, you can also click the upload button in this area.
The private videos icon looks like a lock. When posting a video, you may choose to make it only visible to you. This icon serves as the access point for these videos.
Your saved videos icon looks like a bookmark. This is where you can find all the videos you previously bookmarked.
Within your Settings, you can choose to make your bookmarked videos either public or private. If your bookmarked videos are private, you will see an additional element within the icon: a shape resembling an eye with a slash through it.
Your liked videos icon is shaped like a heart. This is where you can find all of the videos you previously liked, beginning with the most recent.
The QR code icon consists of four small squares and five dots. Clicking this icon will generate a QR code for your profile page.
You can easily share this code with friends and others, enabling them to follow you by simply scanning it with their device’s camera.
Add New Profile Picture
This icon looks like a blue circle containing a plus sign. It is attached to the bottom right portion of your current profile picture. Clicking on this icon will give you the opportunity to upload a new profile picture.
The feet icon will take you to a list of all the people who have viewed your profile within the last 30 days.
Only you can see this, but you will have to turn this feature on and allow other users to see if you view their profile.
The hamburger menu looks like three horizontal lines. By clicking on it, you can access a menu including creator tools, your QR code, and your settings.
The creator tools icon is located within the hamburger menu on your profile page. If you click on it, you will be able to view data analytics and tools to manage your earnings.
The gear is located within your hamburger menu and allows you to adjust your General Settings as well as your Privacy Settings.
TikTok was launched in September 2016 and has been downloaded over three billion times. It’s an engaging app that allows users to view a continuous stream of content tailored to their personal interests.
However, not all content is allowed on TikTok and users are expected to conform to community guidelines.
In addition to respecting these rules, we recommend the below.
Be Mindful About Sharing Personal Information
It’s a good idea to not share private details like your home address, but also remember not to reveal your current location. Users could infer this based on your background and surroundings.
Choose Your Followers Wisely
Unfortunately, you may encounter users on TikTok that can’t be trusted. It may be better to have a smaller trusted following rather than a larger following that could include users with nefarious purposes.
Think Before You Post
Before uploading a video, consider its potential impact and whether you are willing to face the consequences. If your videos are public, be prepared for different reactions.
Block and Report Offenders
Should you encounter individuals who are harassing you or others, do not hesitate to block them. In cases where the situation warrants it, you may also consider reporting the behavior to TikTok moderators.
If you need to report a problem, we recommend this resource.