How to use text-to-speech on TikTok

TikTok’s text-to-speech feature allows creators to put text over their videos and have a Siri-like voice read it out loud.

It’s a helpful way to annotate your videos to help describe what’s happening, add context, or to serve whatever purpose you see fit. There’s also no rule saying you can’t use it just to make the text-to-speech voice say silly things.

Here’s how you can easily add text-to-speech to your TikTok videos.

1. Open the TikTok app.

2. Tap the “create” button at the bottom, as if you’re making a new video.

Click on the “Create” button to first make a TikTok.
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3. Record your video, and hit the red checkmark when you’re done.

4. At the bottom of the next screen, tap “Text.”

Tap the Text feature at the bottom of the screen.
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5. Type in whatever text you want overlaid on your video.

Type in your text when prompted.
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6. Once you’re done, tap the text on the video.

Tap the text you just created on the screen.
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7. In the mini menu that pops up, select “Text-to-speech.”

Tap “Text-to-speech” on the text on TikTok.
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8. Done! Your video will now play with the text-to-speech feature enabled.

You can cancel it, edit the text, or adjust the duration of the text just by tapping the text again.

Once you’re happy with your video, just click “Next,” apply whatever hashtags you want, and post! You’re now a TikTok text-to-speech master.

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