How To Speed Up TikTok Videos in 2024

Do you have a tutorial you’d like to share in the shortest time possible or a certain segment of a video you want to see quickly? Or are you just looking to spice up your TikTok video with some excitement and fun? This is the article for you.

I am going to show you how you can make use of the TikTok video Speed feature to speed up your video, so sit tight, and let’s get to it.

You can speed up a TikTok video you are recording or a video you upload from your device by selecting the Speed feature from the menu icons on the right side of your video editing screen, then choose the speed you want.

Before I show you in detail how to speed up your video, let’s look at a few reasons why one may want to speed up a TikTok video.

Why speed up a TikTok video?

  • You may want to create a time-lapse effect for your video. If for example, you are making a cooking/recipe video, you may want to speed up some stages of the cooking process so that you can feet the whole long video into a short lapse.

This is probably the most credible reason for speeding up a video, but there are others too…

  • To make your video more interesting and exciting. You may want to add more creativity to your video by experimenting with TikTok video speed, depending on the kind of video you are making and its purpose.
  • To grab and retain your viewers’ attention. With people’s attention spans growing shorter by the day, a sped-up TikTok video would move faster, making it more interesting and engaging.
  • You may just be looking for a specific part of a video you are watching but don’t want to go through the entire video, so you may want to speed up the video playback.

How to speed up a TikTok video

Speed up a TikTok video you already recorded

Open up your TikTok app, sign into your account, and tap the Create icon (+) at the bottom center.

Create TikTok Video

Tap Upload on the right then go ahead and select your video from your device.

Upload Tiktok Video

After your video loads into the editor, tap the Edit option from the icons on the right-side menu, here you can either speed up your whole video or part of your video.

Edit Tiktok Video

To speed up the whole video:

Long press the clip bar to select the entire clip then select Speed at the bottom.

Select the speed you want from the speed options, then tap Save.

Edit Tiktok Video
Edit Tiktok Video

Speed up part of a video:

Edit Tiktok Video

If you only want to speed up part of this video, when it opens up after selecting the Edit option, long press the clip bar to select it, then tap the Split option at the bottom.

Go ahead and move the slider to split the video into clips. Select the clip you want to speed up and tap Speed, choose the speed you want then Save

Trim Tiktok Video
Trim Tiktok Video

When you are satisfied with your speed, go ahead and tap Next then Post your video.

Speed up a TikTok video while recording

Open your TikTok app and log into your account.

Tap the Create icon (+) at the bottom center.

Record Tiktok Video

When the camera/record screen opens, select your video length at the bottom, and before you start recording, tap the Speed option from the right side menu (it looks like a speedometer).

Speed Tiktok Video

By default, your video speed will be at 1x, that’s the default/normal speed. To speed up your video you’ll have to choose either 2x or 3x speed, whichever suits your purpose.

Speed Tiktok Video

After choosing your preferred speed, hit the Record button and your video will start recording at that speed.

Note that if you want to change the speed for another part of the same video, you can hit the Stop button then go back to speed and choose another speed, you can make it even faster or take it back to normal speed, then hit the Record again to continue recording.

Record Tiktok Video
Record Tiktok Video
Record Tiktok Video

When you are done recording, tap Next and you can go ahead and add other edits like music, settings, etc, then hit Post or Save draft.

Post Tiktok Video
Post Tiktok Video

Speed up TikTok video playback

So, you have come across a certain TikTok video but instead of watching it all, there is a particular part you want to fast-forward to, this is where speeding up a video playback comes in.

To speed up your video playback:

Open up TikTok and find the video you want.

At the bottom of the video, you will see the video playback progress bar showing you how far the video is and a timestamp as well.

Note that this feature may not be available on all TikTok videos.

To speed up or fast forward your video, just move the slider on the progress bar to where you want it.

Tiktok video playback


How do you slow down a TikTok video?

To slow down a TikTok video you are recording, tap the Speed icon from the right side menu then choose either 0.3x or 0.5x instead of 1x.

Slow down Tiktok Video

To slow down a TikTok video you already recorded, upload it then tap Edit > Speed and select the speed you want from the bar, then Save.

Edit Tiktok Video 4
Speed Tiktok Video
Trim Tiktok Video

If you want to put your video in slow motion, upload your video then go to Effects, scroll through the list, find the Time effect then select Slow-mo and Save.

Slow Tiktok Video
Slow Tiktok Video

Why does my TikTok not have playback speed?

All TikTok videos have the playback speed feature (video progress bar/slider). 

But I noticed that on some videos, the playback speed slider is visible at the bottom and on other videos, it is not.

However, even on the videos where it is not visible, when you tap on the video as if to pause it, the speed slider appears and you can still use it to forward or rewind the video.

So all videos do have the playback speed, you just have to find it.

Can I speed up any video on TikTok?

Yes, you can speed up any video on TikTok; both videos you record on TikTok and those you upload from your device.

Will speeding up a video affect the quality?

Typically, speeding up a video on TikTok doesn’t affect the quality. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to preview your video to ensure there are no unwanted quality changes, and that it meets your standards.

Can I slow down a specific part of my video and then speed it up again?

Yes, you can. TikTok allows you to adjust the speed at different points in your video, giving you the flexibility for creative storytelling.


In summary, mastering the art of speeding up TikTok videos can add a captivating, professional and fun element to your content creation.

You can showcase a tutorial, highlight a fast-paced action, or simply inject a playful vibe into your videos with this feature.

Remember to take into consideration the nature of your video/content and your audience when integrating these speed adjustments. 

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