How is the TikTok app different from its desktop version?

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TikTok launched in 2016 as a video-sharing social networking app to make a variety of short form videos from genres like Entertainment, Education, Comedy, Sports, Learning, Travel, Beauty, Food etc, Since that time, it’s evolved into an established social network, and an ad platform, which exists on both mobile and desktop.

Videos on TikTok are very compelling due to the fact that they are short and replay in a continuous loop. You can add music and sound effects to your videos.

Video specifications

  • Aspect ratio: 9:16 or 1:1 with sidebars
  • File size: 287.6 MB for iOS devices, 72 MB for Android devices, 500 MB for TikTok Ads
  • Dimensions:1080 x 1920 px (Recommended)
  • Video orientation:Portrait, but also accepts Landscape ones
  • Supported formats: MP4 and MOV
Video length permitted:Min of 2 secs to Max of 15 secs for a single recording and up to 60 secs for several videos combined

While there is a desktop version, it has many limitations. Mobile provides the full feature set and typically a better experience for the majority of users. The table below is a list of the key feature differences between the two of them.

TikTok Mobile vs. Desktop Feature Set

ActivityMobileDesktopRemarks/Workaround
Upload videoYesYes 
Search - User accountYesNoPC:
https://www.tiktok.com/@USERNAMEHERE
Search - Specific tagYesNoPC:
https://www.tiktok.com/tag/KEYWORD-HERE
Upload video -
Add caption
YesYes 
Upload video -
Choose Music
YesNo 
Upload Video - TemplateYesNo 
Upload Video - SoundsYesNo 
Upload Video - EffectsYesNo 
Upload Video - StickersYesNo 
Upload Video - TextYesNo 
TikTok - LIVEYesNoPC: Loola TV
Manage multiple accounts/profilesYesNoA single user can manage upto 5 TikTok accounts directly from within the mobile app
Account controlYesNo 
Privacy/SecurityYesNo 
Content preferencesYesNo 

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