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August 22, 2022

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How to Use TikTok on PC or Mac

You're using TikTok on your phone, nothing new, but wouldn't it be more comfortable to use it from a laptop or a desktop computer? Find how to here!



How to Use TikTok on PC or Mac

Are you wondering whether you can watch TikTok videos on PC or Mac?

Yes, you can use TikTok on PC or Mac laptops.

The mobile app isn’t the only way you can enjoy short videos on the platform. You can also browse and upload videos to TikTok directly from your computer using the TikTok website.

The only disadvantage to using TikTok’s website is that you won’t be able to use the built-in editing tools to edit your videos. You won’t have access to TikTok’s filters or effects.

So, in this article, we’ll see how to use TikTok on PC or Mac without any of the restrictions.

How to use the TikTok website

You can easily browse through TikTok videos directly from the desktop browser on your PC. Just go to any browser on your computer and type the URL ‘tiktok.com’ in the search bar. When the URL loads, you will see the site’s landing page.

How to use the TikTok website

You can immediately start scrolling through the videos on the landing page. You can even watch videos without logging in. Videos that are popular in your region will automatically show up.

If you want to sign in to your TikTok account, click on Login in the top right corner of the web page. If you don’t have an account, you can Sign up using the link at the bottom of the login page.

log in to tiktok

After you have logged in, you will be redirected to the homepage.

After you have logged in, you will be redirected to the homepage

On the left-hand side, you will see the For You, Following, Suggested accounts, and Your top accounts.

The For You tab shows you TikTok’s recommended videos for you depending on your preference and the accounts you follow. You can see the people you follow and their videos by clicking on the Following tab. The Suggested accounts are recommended users that you should follow. Lastly, Your top accounts are the creators you interact with regularly.

At the top of the page, you will find the Upload video, Notifications, and Profile icons. In the notifications bar, you will see all your new likes, comments, mentions, and followers.

the Upload video, Notifications, and Profile icons

How to upload videos using the TikTok website

You can upload videos directly to the platform using the TikTok website. Before you can post your videos, you will have to sign in to your account. After signing in, click on the cloud icon at the top-right corner of the screen to upload your video.

the cloud icon

After clicking on the cloud icon, you will be redirected to the upload page.

the upload page

If you use the TikTok website, you can only upload videos. You cannot use TikTok’s built-in editing tools. You can first edit the videos with a video-editing app and then upload them to TikTok.

(Later in the article, I will show you how you can edit your videos using TikTok’s built-in editing tools on PC or Mac)

To get started with uploading your video, click Select video to upload. You can only upload MP4 or WebM videos. The video must have a resolution of 720×1280 or higher, and must not be more than 60 seconds long.

After uploading the video, you can add a caption, choose your cover image, and determine who can view your video. You can also allow users to comment, duet, or stitch your videos. After setting up your video, hit the Post button.

How to use TikTok on PC via BlueStacks

On TikTok’s mobile app, you can use the video editing feature to edit videos before uploading. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on the desktop version. If you prefer to use the built-in editing tools on TikTok rather than video editing apps, you will have to download an android emulator on your PC or Mac.

One of the best android emulators is BlueStacks. BlueStacks will allow you to access the mobile version of TikTok from your computer.

Here is how to get started with BlueStacks:

1. Download BlueStacks

Download BlueStacks

There are several android emulators you can download, but my favorite is BlueStacks. It has a clean and easy to use interface. The emulator is also available for both PC and Mac. It is also free to use.

Download BlueStacks for PC and Mac.

After downloading the .exe file to your computer, install the application on your system.

install the application on your system

2. Install TikTok on BlueStacks

After installing and opening BlueStacks, you will be redirected to the homepage. The interface is similar to that of a mobile device.

On the home page, go to the Game center tab. Under the Recommended for you section of the page, click on Google Play Store.

Install TikTok on BlueStacks

Before you can install TikTok on BlueStacks, you will have to sign in to Google Play. If you don’t have an account, create one.

sign in to Google Play

After signing in to Google Play, search for TikTok, and click install.

search for TikTok

When you go back to your BlueStacks library, you will find TikTok.

3. Browse TikTok on PC using BlueStacks

After you have installed TikTok on BlueStacks, you can start using the platform immediately. It will look exactly like the way it does on your mobile device.

You will need to sign in before using the app. Similar to the mobile app, you will find the Discover and Inbox tabs at the bottom of the screen. When you click on the Discover tab, you will see the trending hashtags, sounds, and users on the platform. To see your recent messages, click on the Inbox tab.

You can easily scroll through the feed using your trackpad or mouse.

4. How to upload and edit TikTok videos using BlueStacks

You will have to upload the video to BlueStacks before uploading the video to TikTok.

First, open Bluestacks and go to Home > Library > System Apps > Media Manager.

To upload the video to BlueStacks, click on Import From Windows/Mac in the bottom-left corner of the emulator.

How to upload and edit TikTok videos using BlueStacks

Now, choose the video file that you want to upload to TikTok.

After you have imported the video to BlueStacks, you can now upload it to TikTok. Go back to the TikTok app and tap on the plus symbol at the bottom of the page. Click on Upload in the bottom-right corner of the recording screen. You can then select the video you just imported to BlueStacks and continue the uploading process.

After uploading the video, you can edit the video using TikTok’s built-in editing tool. On the first editing screen, you can crop, rotate, and adjust the speed of your video.

On the next editing screen, you can add stickers, effects, filters, texts, sounds, and voiceovers. After you are done editing, describe your video, and adjust the privacy settings. You can toggle on duets, stitch, and reactions.

How to use TikTok on Mac via BlueStacks

Installing the TikTok app on Mac is not as straightforward as installing it on a PC. If you do not install the BlueStacks emulator properly on your Mac, it can crash your computer. To avoid any issues, you need to shut down other apps before installing the software.

Here are the steps to install BlueStacks on Mac.

STEP 1: Go to the BlueStacks website and download the .dmg file to your system.

STEP 2: Go to the folder where the BlueStacks installer is located. Locate the installer dmg. file and then double-click on it to start the installation process.

STEP 3: Once the installer window opens, double-click on the BlueStacks icon to start the installation.

Tip: Before the installation starts, a System Extension blocked message might appear on the screen. To clear this, tap on Open Security Preferences and click on the Allow button. The BlueStacks emulator will then be installed on your Mac.

After you have installed the BlueStacks emulator, the process of downloading the TikTok app is the same as on the PC. If you do not have a Google Play account, you will need to create one.

How to check TikTok analytics on desktop

You can check your TikTok analytics on a desktop without using an emulator.

First, go to the TikTok website on your desktop’s browser and log in.

After logging in, hover your mouse on the profile icon at the top corner of the screen. A small pop up will show up. Click on the Analytics buttons to view your TikTok analytics data.

How to check TikTok analytics on desktop

You will be redirected to the analytics page.

the analytics page

An advantage of checking TikTok analytics on a desktop is that you can download the data to your device.


You can record and post videos directly on TikTok using your PC or Mac. If you want access to TikTok’s built-in editing feature, you will have to download BlueStacks emulator. For Mac users, remember to meet all the technical requirements before installing it on your computer.

the writer


Copywriter @Iconosquare

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