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How To Find and Make Drafts in Tik Tok

TikTok is becoming a popular application used for posting short videos. From “How To” videos to funny stunts, TikTok is a great platform that allows individuals to express themselves and their talents.

With over 800 million users around the globe, people are using this social platform like Facebook and Instagram. Offering customization options like adding music and filters, you may want to create a video and save it for later. Posting at the right time is important too, you can create the perfect video and post it when people are more likely to be online getting more views and engagements.

This article will teach you how to save and retrieve drafted videos in TikTok. [1]

Make a Draft Video in TikTok

You have two ways of creating draft videos. You can record within TikTok and save it as a draft or shoot outside of TikTok and keep it on your phone until you need it.

To create a draft, do this:

Step 1

Open the TikTok application and tap on the ‘+’ sign centered at the bottom of your screen.

Step 2

Record your video just like you normally would.

Hold the red button while recording.

Step 3

Choose any filters, music, etc. that will make your video more interesting.

Step 4

Once you’ve made the necessary adjustments, tap on the red circle with a white checkmark to confirm you’re ready to move forward.

Step 5

Add stickers, music, or filters on this page then tap ‘Next’ to move forward to the publish screen.

Step 6

Locate ‘Drafts’ in the lower left-hand corner and click on it, then confirm that you want to save it as a draft.

Take note of the ‘Save to device’ option. Toggle that on to ensure you don’t lose your draft.

This is ideal for shooting multiple scenes at once to make up different videos. You can edit and work on these videos and then publish them when you’re good and ready.

You can also shoot your video on your phone camera and keep it there until you need it.

  1. Record your video and save it on your phone.
  2. Select the ‘+’ icon to shoot a video.
  3. Select Upload at the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Select the video you want to use.
  5. Arrange the video in the timeline as required and hit Next.
  6. Perform any edits you need and hit Next.
  7. Add any tags or captions and hit Post.

This has exactly the same result as shooting the video in TikTok. Nobody viewing it will know the difference.

Find Drafts in TikTok

Draft videos will be stored in your Gallery. As we set them to private, nobody else can see them, so they will remain there until you’re ready to use them. If you’re ready to publish, you can do it from your Gallery.

Step 1

Select the profile icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, it says ‘Me’

Step 2

Tap on the drafted video

Step 3

Choose any adjustments you’d like to make such as comments or viewer’s options.

Click the ‘Back’ button to add footage or change filters/music.

Step 4

Change ‘Who can view this video’ based on your preferences.

Step 5

Click on ‘Post’ at the lower right-hand corner to go live with your video.

Your video will then go live, and your chosen audience will be able to view it as usual.

Editing Drafts in TikTok

Once you’ve located your Draft you do have the option to edit it again before posting. Follow the instructions above to locate your draft. Once you get to the pre-post screen asking you to add a description simply click the back arrow located in the upper left-hand corner. This will take you back to the editing screen.

Make any adjustments as you usually would click ‘Next’ and post.

Public and Private Videos in TikTok

TikTok gives you the option to set your video as ‘Private’ or ‘Public.’ You may want to set your video to private when creating a draft. The extra step is a precautionary measure to stop you from accidentally releasing the video before you’re ready. If you randomly select that video and publish it, the video will remain private.

Public videos are different. It is exactly that, public. It will be accessible to anyone using TikTok. If you’re using the network for marketing, you’re going to work with public videos most of the time, but keeping them private until you’re ready to publish is an extra security measure.

You can change a public video to private at any time, even after publication.

  1. Select the video you want to make private in TikTok.
  2. Select the padlock icon and select Private.

Your video will disappear from search and no longer be viewable by TikTok users. You can reverse this to make a private video public too.

Delete A Video In TikTok

If you ever need to delete a video in TikTok, that’s very straightforward too. It’s the nuclear option as the video will disappear from the network altogether, but it works. The preferred choice would be to make the video private but if you need to delete a video you can.

  1. Open the video from within TikTok.
  2. Select the arrow icon at the bottom of the screen to scroll the options.
  3. Select the trash icon.
  4. Confirm your choice.

There is no bulk delete option, so if you’re housekeeping, you’re going to need to do this for every video you want to remove.

Deleting Drafts

You may have several drafts saved in the TikTok app, or just one. If you’d like to delete it you can.

  1. Open the TikTok app and click on the profile icon that says “Me” located in the lower left-hand corner
  2. Tap ‘Select’ in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Tap the bubbles next to the drafts you’d like to delete
  4. Confirm by clicking ‘Delete’ in the pop-up box.

Recovering Drafts

Although there are a few steps you have to follow, it seems some have accidentally deleted important drafts.

Several users have reported that they’ve accidentally deleted important apps. This can happen when clearing the apps’ cache, uninstalling and reinstalling, or clicking the ‘Delete’ option.

Can I restore a deleted draft?

There isn’t a way to recover a deleted draft from the TikTok app. We’ve heard of a few third-party apps that can recover a deleted TikTok draft, but there’s no guarantee they work the way they should.

How can I move my drafts from one phone to another?

Save the draft to your device, perform a backup of your phone to Google Photos, iCloud, DropBox, Samsung Cloud, or any other service. Sign in to the account on your new device and the draft will appear in your cloud.

Installing third-party apps can also cause issues for your phone so be sure to read the reviews before downloading. The application will need to access all data in your phone’s deleted cache as well. To ensure that you don’t accidentally delete your drafts in the future, don’t empty your cache and back up all draft videos.