To ensure the platform and its content creators are properly credited, TikTok automatically applies a watermark to all its videos. You’ve surely seen it — it’s the TikTok logo with the creator’s handle bouncing around the edges of the screen. Even when you download a video from TikTok, the watermark will stay, indicating where it came from.
And while this is a good practice on TikTok’s part, it can be an issue if you’re trying to upload your popular videos to other social media platforms. On Instagram, videos with TikTok watermarks tend to be demoted, meaning you won’t reach as wide of an audience.
Luckily, there are ways to remove TikTok watermarks quickly and without a trace. Let’s take a look at our four favorite ones.
1. Crop the Watermark Out
Sometimes, removing a TikTok watermark is as simple as cropping it out of the video — no special apps or software are required. Your phone has all the right tools for this method to work.
Start by downloading and saving the desired video to your phone, then go to your gallery to open it. Select the Edit option and then tap the Crop icon at the bottom. That will allow you to cut out parts of the video, as well as zoom in and edit its dimensions.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to crop out several areas of your video since the watermark bounces around. Once you finish, review your work and press Save.
After a few simple steps, your video is watermark-free and ready to be re-uploaded. However, cropping doesn’t always give the best results. You may end up editing out parts of on-screen text or other important details, which can significantly impact the video’s quality. So, use this technique when your content is centered, and be cautious.
2. Cover the Watermark With a Frame
Another simple way to remove the watermark is to hide it with a frame. At most, it takes about a minute and doesn’t require any particular IT skills or knowledge.
To add a frame to your video, you will need a simple video editing app that you can download to your phone or computer. There, find the option to choose your border and pick the one you like.
Much like cropping the watermark, adding a frame might not be the right choice for everyone. It covers up parts of your video and may not fit your Instagram theme. But if frames are part of your style, and you want the job to be done quickly, we suggest giving this option a try.
3. Use a Video Editor
If you have video editing skills or the time to learn them, a video editor could be a good solution to your watermark problems. You’ll find many free programs online, but keep in mind that they often contain ads and may not be able to deliver perfect results. Still, if that doesn’t bother you, go ahead and choose the software that suits your liking.
Otherwise, you could opt for a pay-to-use video editing software with high-quality features. Usually, such programs have excellent watermark-removing options that leave almost no trace of it ever being there.
Since the pay-to-use software isn’t cheap, this option only makes sense if you plan to delve deeper into video editing. If you only want to remove watermarks from TikTok videos, a free video editor might be a better fit for you.
4. Save the Video Without the Watermark
Now you may be confused — we said earlier that TikTok automatically applies a watermark to all the videos you download. So, how can you then save them without the watermark? And if that was possible, why would any of these other options even be necessary?
To start, go to the video you want to save and press the Share button. From the following menu, select Copy Link to add the video’s URL to your clipboard. Then, it’s time to open one of the websites we listed above in your browser.
Once you’re on SaveTik or any other similar website, you’ll see an input box on the homepage. Paste your URL there and tap the Download button. You may need to select a server to download from, as well as whether you want to keep the watermark or leave it out. But at the end of the short process, you will have a watermark-free MP4 video in your phone gallery or computer.