Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have been around for as long as one can remember, but that doesn’t mean there is no space for more competitors to come in and make their presence known. After all, it’s 2022, and innovation and creativity are at an all-time high in these tech-forward times.
A relatively new player in the industry rising up the ranks in popularity with each passing day is TikTok, and we’re here to tell you how to use it on your Chromebook. Keep on reading for a detail-rich guide that spans the best features boasted by TikTok and simple ways to get the social media platform up and running on your end.
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Tiktok’s best features
The following is our round-up of some of the best features TikTok offers its millions of users. Read these functionalities for an in-depth overview of the famous social media podium.
One of the first features that we’d like to cast a lens on is TikTok’s popularity. It remains, to this date, the highest-grossing app on the Google Play Store in the “Social” category of apps. With over 1 billion downloads on the famous Android app platform alone and 92,000+ reviews, TikTok is a solid competitor in the social space of community-based software today.
Millions of top-ranking creators have seemingly earned their spot on TikTok, dishing out one banger video after the other. Due to the social media platform’s massive popularity, it’s imminent for you to find videos of your preference, so you’re always viewing content that caters to your interests.
Speaking of which, let’s explore this feature with a bit more depth in the subsection ahead.
TikTok comprises a “Follow” feature that, perhaps, is one of this massively popular application’s biggest strengths. The “Follow” functionality allows aspiring users to personalize their whole feed, so only the type of content that one would be interested in the most is shown to the person involved.
TikTok’s algorithm makes it quite effortless for an individual to curate their profile and let a specific type of content through to their feed. Doing so allows one to reap the best possible user experience out of TikTok, especially for picky individuals who are quickly put off by undesirable content.
Over time, TikTok will adapt to what you like, share, and comment on, so only relevant videos pop up on your feed. The developer claims, “TikTok offers real, fun, and interesting videos that will make your day.” After giving the application a shot for a couple of months, we resonate with that statement.
Diverse video categories
There’s something for everyone on TikTok, as the famed social signal comprises many different video categories. From Do It Yourself (DIY) creation videos to clips showcasing the cuteness of animals, entertainment is the game’s name when TikTok is in question.
Some of the different video categories the application will allow you to indulge in include ASMR, Oddly Satisfying, Influencer, Food, Sports, Memes, Pets, Gaming, Comedy, Health, Lifestyle, and plenty of others. If you are not interested in a specific type of video, there are always ten more to take its place for you.
Become a creator
TikTok is a place that goes by the motto, “For the creators by the creators.” If you think you possess the capacity to become an entertainment-based video creator, TikTok is the go-to platform to exhibit your skills. It features easy-to-use tools to edit and clip your videos and even add music to them painlessly.
That is to say, there’s a vibrant catalog of free-to-use music offered by none other than TikTok itself so that you can diversify your videos with the hottest tracks in the business. Different music categories — similar to videos — are available in the app, including Pop, Rock, Country (West), EDM, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. Feel free to explore.
Last but not least in this respect, TikTok encompasses a global community of creators where you can interact with one another, ask for tips, and involve yourself in the community to be a viable part of it. There are a few other platforms that can offer you a collective creative spirit for making your own videos and pushing out content.
Multiple different usable effects
Like Snapchat, which allows its user base to slap on various effects on photos and videos, TikTok sports the usage of the impact to make your clips stand out better than ever before. There is seemingly a whole host of filters, AR objects, and other add-ons that can take videos to the next level if implemented correctly.
All of this makes video creation a wholly fun prospect on TikTok. Go into the app to find out what makes the software enjoyable daily.
- For some of these glaring reasons, TikTok is one of the best Augmented Reality apps for Chromebook, among other enticing options.
Using TikTok on ChromeOS
As it turns out, TikTok can be installed on a Chromebook in two different ways: One of them pertains to installing the software as a Google Play Store app, while the other relates to the web-based version of TikTok. We’ll be going through both variants and breaking them down step-by-step, so you’ll find them easier to replicate on your end.
Let’s get started with these pathways without any extra delay.
Option #1. Installing the Play Store version of TikTok on a Chromebook
Out of the sea of various Google Play Store apps available for a ChromeOS user to download and enjoy, TikTok is among those particular Google Play applications that are optimized to run on a Chromebook. Of course, this makes the overall user experience stand out even more than regular software.
Before we get started, though, and show you the installation method of TikTok, you must confirm whether the Play Store functionality is available on your end. That is to say, Chromebooks made before 2018 may not show compatibility with Google Play. Look at our complete guide on those Chromebooks that run Android apps for a clearer picture.
With the initial prerequisite out of the way, let’s check out the steps you’ll need to dive into for installing TikTok on a Chromebook.
1. The first step is to open the Google Play Store app on your Chromebook. Do this easily with the help of the launcher or the shelf area if you have the application pinned there.
2. Next, use the search bar to type in “TikTok.” Press the “Enter” key, and don’t forget the various suggestions you’ll receive during this step. Completing this step will take you directly to the official app page of TikTok on Google Play.
3. Click on “Install” as you come across TikTok’s app page to begin the download. Since the file size is so meager, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of seconds to finish TikTok’s installation.
4. After the installation concludes, venture over to the launcher section of your Chromebook to find the app installed there. It’s time to take the app for a spin.
Now that you have the application available on your end, launch it and determine whether it’s optimized enough to cut for you. We’re confident that the way TikTok has been curated for Chromebook users is flat-out workable by most social media enthusiasts, so don’t waste a millisecond of your time from this point on in firing up TikTok.
Option #2. Using TikTok on the web
While the Play Store variant of TikTok works as one would expect, there’s another, more easy-going method of accomplishing the task at hand, and it all relates to using the popular social media app on the web. All you have to do is head to the official TikTok website and sign in with your credentials.
You’ll then be able to access the web-based version of TikTok on your end effortlessly with the help of your Chromebook. Feel free to explore the different video categories on the application, create your videos, or have a relaxing time on the platform by observing curated ASMR clips. The sky is the limit when TikTok is at hand.
As the world progresses in almost every technological facet, more and more developers are starting to come forth with their killer products. That is exactly what the CEO of this short-form video company—Zhang Yiming—did when he first launched his start-up. Fast-forward six years later to 2022, TikTok is one of the world’s biggest brands.
In this guide, we have learned not one but two easy-to-implement methods for installing and using TikTok on ChromeOS. We would opt for the Play Store version of the application since it’s more hassle-free and can be fired up from right within the Chromebook launcher. However, let us know whether you found the guide helpful for your cause.
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