With more than one billion users, TikTok is an amazing platform for connecting with audiences and is fast becoming the most popular of all social media platforms. If your videos are winning fans and going down a storm on TikTok, you may want to share them as Instagram Reels or crosspost them as part of your social media marketing strategy too.
When you download a video from TikTok, you’ll notice that it includes a watermark. This can be especially annoying if it covers up an important part of the video and you want to use it elsewhere. Fortunately, there are many ways to remove this and here’s how…
What is a TikTok watermark?
Firstly, what is a TikTok watermark? A watermark is a graphic that is superimposed on top of the video. The purpose of a watermark is to make the origin of the media obvious, so you can’t repost it without attribution.
TikTok includes a watermark with their logo as well as the username of the original poster, as you can see below.
WARNING: It’s important to state that you shouldn’t post other user’s content without attribution! Stealing content is unethical and can quickly escalate into a social media crisis. The tips in this blog are intended for content creators who want to reshare their own TikTok posts.
TikTok adds a bouncing watermark, which will move around as the video plays. This can present an additional challenge when you’re trying to remove it.
How to remove the TikTok watermark on iOS and Android in 4 methods
Crop it out of the video
Cropping it out of the video is the simplest approach. However, this will change the video’s aspect ratio. If you want to reshare it to another platform that uses the same video size specifications as TikTok, it will leave a black margin around the content.
Cropping also doesn’t work for every video, because you might end up chopping off your own head. If there are important video elements near the edges of your video, then you’ll need a different approach.
Use an app to remove it
If you search “remove TikTok watermark” in the Apple Store, you’ll find a lot of apps designed for just this purpose. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!
In fact, the number of options can be overwhelming. SaveTok, SaveTik, Saver Tok, TokSaver, TikSaver— it can be hard to tell them apart! So how to choose one?
It’s important to know that none of these apps are affiliated with TikTok. All of them are unsanctioned tools designed to bypass the watermarking process. So they could stop working someday if TikTok changes their API.
First of all, not all of these apps will remove the watermark. Some, like TokSaver, are designed to curate a saved collection of watermark-free TikToks, without actually downloading them to your phone.
Secondly, read the reviews carefully! As TikTok’s user base grows, more companies are popping up to capitalise on content creators trying to make it big — a perfect storm for scammers making false promises.
Finally, while most of these apps are free to download, they will either bombard you with ads or require payment to use. Most offer weekly, monthly, or yearly subscriptions. These range in price from around £5-£20 per month, though some are less than a pound per week if you buy a yearly subscription up-front.
If you frequently need to remove TikTok watermarks quickly and easily, a subscription might be worth the investment! Many, like TikSave, also offer a free trial period if you want to test them out first.
Use a video editing tool to remove it
While this is the most complicated approach, we’re here to give you all the options!
First, search the app store for a watermark remover tool. The caveats above apply: most of the “free” tools will bombard you with annoying ads, or require in-app purchases to work. And the quality varies, so read reviews and do a free trial before you commit!
From there, the App Store is your oyster but Video Eraser is one option that can work if you take time to learn how the app works.
Save your video without a watermark in the first place (best option!)
What if we told you that you could save your TikTok without a watermark, without a visit to the App Store or Google Play?
It just so happens, there are a number of websites that can download TikToks without a watermark, such as MusicalDown.com or (confusingly) MusicalDown.xyz, formerly known as MusicallyDown. Other websites, like SnapTik, TikFast and TikMate, work the same way.
Some of these, like SnapTik, can also be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. But if you don’t want to add any new apps to your phone, a website is convenient!
Also, just like the apps mentioned above, these websites are not affiliated with TikTok in any way. That means they might eventually stop working altogether if TikTok makes changes to their app.
The best TikTok watermark remover is the one that works for you!
However, tools that allow you to download a video directly from TikTok without a watermark are best for preserving quality. This includes the websites and apps mentioned above, which bypass the TikTok watermarking process altogether when saving your video.
Video editing tools will add a blurred effect over the watermark, which can be distracting. And cropping the video will change the aspect ratio, and may crop out important parts of the video.
There are many apps and websites that allow you to bypass the TikTok watermark, saving a clean version of the video. However, most apps will require you to pay if you want to export or post your new video, whereas the websites are free. So I’m partial to the websites, and for purely aesthetic reasons, I liked MusicallyDown.XYZ best.
But if you want to take advantage of other features offered by apps like SaverTok or RepostTik, like hashtag libraries and caption editors, then a paid subscription might make sense for you!
Any of these methods will help you download and share watermark-free TikTok content across other social media platforms. Enjoy!