Are you wondering how you can save your TikTok video without posting it?
Maybe you’re trying to test out some features on the TikTok platform or you’re working on a series of videos and you want to refine them first before posting, or maybe you just want to make your video for private viewing…
Whatever the reason, this post is for you because I am going to show you how to save TikTok videos without posting them to the public.
You can save a TikTok video without posting in one of 2 ways:
- Save the video as a draft.
- Post the video as a private video.
I am going to show you step by step how to do the above.
Save your TikTok video as a draft
As mentioned earlier, one of the ways you can save your TikTok video without posting it is by utilizing the drafts feature.
The TikTok drafts feature allows you the convenience to record and edit your video, save it as a draft, and come back to it later for further editing or to post it if you are ready. You can even download the draft video to your device.
Here’s how you can save your video as a draft:
Open TikTok on your device and tap the plus icon at the center bottom to start creating your video.
Go ahead and record your video and edit it to your satisfaction then tap the Next button.
In the next window, remember we don’t want to post the video so instead of pressing Post, just tap on Drafts.
Your video will be saved in your TikTok drafts, and as I mentioned earlier, you can come back to it later and maybe post it or do further editing on it.
Now, this option only allows you to save your TikTok video in the TikTok drafts, not to download it directly to your gallery or camera roll, unfortunately.
So if you want to save the draft video, you can do a screen recording of the draft video while it’s playing.
To do this:
First, access your TikTok Draft folder by tapping on that Profile option in the bottom right corner
When your profile opens up, go to the Drafts option, You will even be able to see the number of videos you have in the folder before you open it.
Tap on the draft video you want and you can do further edits on it or post it.
But if you just want to save it on your device, play the video, and then access the Screen record option (I just swiped down on my phone, yours might be in a different place), then you can record the video while it’s playing, and when it’s done you’ll find in in your camera roll or your gallery.
Seems a bit complex, doesn’t it? Well, if the draft option doesn’t work for you, let’s move on to the next method.
Save/Post your TikTok video as private
With this method, you are going to save your TikTok video by posting it as private (via your privacy settings), and then it will be saved to your camera roll or gallery as well. So let’s get right to it.
Launch your TikTok app and record your video, edit it to your liking, and then go to the Privacy Settings option.
Under Who can watch this select Only me, and then tap Next.
Also Read: How To Unprivate Your TikTok Account
To make sure your video automatically downloads to your device after posting, go to More options make sure Save to device is turned on, and then tap Post.
Your video will be posted as Private. No one but you will be able to view it. And even better, it will automatically be saved in your Gallery or Camera roll.
If for some reason your video is not automatically saved to your device, worry not you can still save it manually.
To do this open your TikTok profile again and access your videos, Open the private video you just posted and when you long-press on it, you should get the option to Save the video.
Q. What happens to TikTok draft videos if I delete my TikTok app?
If you delete your TikTok app uninstall it or even just log out of TikTok and back in, all your draft videos are deleted and there’s no way to retrieve them. So if you’re considering doing so, be sure to first save any draft videos you need on your device.
Q. Can I edit a saved TikTok draft before posting?
Yes, you can edit a saved draft before posting it. Just go to your profile and access your Drafts folder, select the draft you want to edit, make any changes or additions, and then proceed to post it.
Q. Can I save multiple drafts on TikTok?
Yes, you can save multiple drafts on TikTok. Each draft represents a video that you’ve saved but you haven’t posted yet. This can help you organize and refine your content before posting.
Q. Are saved drafts visible to others?
No, saved drafts are private and not visible to other TikTok users. Only you can access and view your saved drafts.
No, drafts are only accessible by the account that created them. You can’t share drafts directly with others from TikTok, but you can show them the video on your device or you can screen record and then share.
Q. What does it mean to post a TikTok video as private?
Posting a TikTok video as private means that the video will only be visible to you. It won’t appear in your followers’ feeds or be accessible by others on the platform. Only you can view the video when logged into your account.
Q. Can I change the privacy settings of a posted private video?
Yes, you can change the privacy settings of a posted private video and either keep it as a private video or make it public if you decide to share it with your followers.
Q. Can I change a private video to a public video later?
Yes, you can change a private video to a public video later if you decide to share it with your followers. You can adjust the privacy settings of the video within the TikTok app.
In summary, knowing how to save your TikTok videos without posting them will give you more control over your creation process and experience, and it will allow you the ability to create content that appeals to both your creative goals and your audience.
I hope this article has helped you do just that.