TikTok has become one of our biggest sources of entertainment, and many people spend hours scrolling through the app.When consuming such a large amount of media, you're bound to come across something you'll want to watch again.
That's why the TikTok app allows you to download videos.However, the download option is not always available, what to do when this happens?You have the option of screen recording, but all the icons, descriptions, and labels get in the way.
If you feel stuck right now, don't worry.We'll show you how to download TikTok videos on desktop as well as third-party sites, even with the download feature turned off.
Why should you download TikTok videos?
With so much information to absorb on TikTok, it might not be a bad idea to save some videos to watch at other times.Not to mention, if you lack an internet connection, you can watch offline.
TikTok is rich in content -- there's something for everyone.Thanks to its advanced algorithms, the Made-for-You Page (FYP) will be tailored to your personal interests.So, if you're a workout freak, you've probably seen a lot of videos of workouts and fitness tips, and by downloading them, you can always refer to them.
Placing video files in your photo library also allows you to send them directly to people instead of sending them a link that they have to open first.
Why can't I download videos from the TikTok app?
There are several reasons why some videos may not have the download function.
TikTok allows users to turn off download options through privacy settings or individual video settings.Some creators simply don't want their content to be downloaded, often because previous content has been stolen -- or for fear of it.
There are also reports that the download feature is not available in some regions.So even if creators want to turn on downloads, they probably won't be able to.And sometimes, there's just a glitch or bug in the app that prevents the download function from working properly.
Before you download TikTok videos outside of the app...
As the title of this article suggests, we'll show you how to download TikTok videos that you can't save from the app.This can lead to some copyright infringement issues.
If the creator has made it clear that they have banned downloads, you need to respect their privacy and do not share the video with others.Because TikTok's intellectual property policy states that users cannot post or send content without the permission of the creator.
If you're not sure if the creator turned off the download on purpose, or if it's an issue with the app, just ask them in the video's comments -- or send a DM -- to ask permission to share.Only with their consent will you be able to mention it when retweeting, or share it with your friends.
The third-party site we're going to discuss will download TikTok posts without the TikTok watermark, which includes the creator's username.So if you choose this method, you shouldn't share the video either -- unless the creator manually adds their own watermark.
Finally, you want to free up storage space on your device.If videos start piling up in your library, before you know it, you'll run out of room.
1. How to save unsaved TikToks from the TikTok website
The TikTok website does not have a download option, regardless of whether the creator has enabled that option.But you can still save TikTok videos without the save button.
To save a video from TikTok, you first need to go toTikTok.com.If you have an account, you can log in, but this method is not required.
After logging in, click once on the video you want to save to open it.
Once you are on the video, right click and select Inspect.Make sure you're on the "Elements" tab and start scrolling looking for text that starts with "<video>".you're probably on a few lines"
You need to hover over the text to make sure it is selected.If it is, you'll see that the video is also highlighted in blue.
With the text highlighted, right-click the https address in the text and select Open in New Tab.You'll be directed to a new tab with a media player that plays TikTok videos.
In this new tab, right-click on the video and select Save Video As.In the window that pops up, rename the file, choose a location, and click Save.
That's it, you'll find TikTok in the location folder of your choice.
2. How to download TikTok videos with third-party websites
Please refer to the section discussing TikTok's intellectual property policy to make sure you understand your sharing restrictions before you start using this method.
There are many third-party websites where you can download TikToks.The ones we trust most are SnapTik and ssstik.io, which work the same on mobile and desktop.
To download TikTok videos on SnapTik, follow these steps:
1. Open the TikTok app or go to the TikTok website and find the video you want to download.
2. Tap the share icon (arrow) and select Copy link.
3. Go to SnapTik.app.
4. Paste the link in the empty box and click Download.You will be directed to a new page with three download options from different servers.Usually, the first option will work, but if unsuccessful, you can try other options.
5. Select the download link of your choice.Then, if prompted, choose Download.
6. For phone users, after a few seconds, the video file should be in your Downloads folder, from where you can save it to your library.
7. If you are using a computer, the popup will allow you to rename the video, after you hit save it should save TikTok directly to the folder of your choice.
To download videos on ssstik.io, follow these steps:
1. Go to TikTok, share-copy-link the video of your choice.
2. Go tossstick.io.
3. Paste the link in the empty box, click Download, and choose your download option.This site gives you plenty of options without a watermark, as well as an option to download only audio (mp3).
4. Again, on the phone, the file will be in your Downloads folder, while on the desktop, you can save directly to your computer from the file that pops up.
Now you know how to download TikTok videos that can't be saved from the app
Have you ever seen a recipe on TikTok that you want to try later, but found you can't download the video?Now, you can wave goodbye to that feeling of disappointment.
By following the steps in the guide above, you can download TikTok videos without the in-app download feature.Give it a try and remember to be mindful of creators' wishes when sharing their content.
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