You might have noticed some of the videos you upload to TikTok don’t always look great. If you think the answer is that you need a DSLR, you’re wrong. The blurriness, pixelation, and overall bad quality that can happen in your uploaded videos is probably not your smartphone’s fault — it might be because you aren’t uploading your videos in HD.
Ideally, TikTok would let users upload videos in high-definition by default, but it doesn’t. The reasons may be valid, such as quicker upload speeds, faster loading times, and data conservation, but if you want your videos to look better, you should turn on high-definition uploads. Fortunately, TikTok has an easy setting to enable HD videos when uploading; only it’s a somewhat hidden setting.
In the TikTok app, tap on the plus (+) icon in the navigation bar at the bottom to start the uploading process. Next, record a video or upload an existing one as you normally would. After that, you can add text, animations, filters, and other effects if wanted. When your video is all set, tap on “Next” in the bottom right to head to the Post settings.
In the Post settings, add a caption and hashtags and configure any of the privacy settings you see, if necessary — all the stuff you would normally do. But before you hit that “Post” button, there’s one more thing to do.
Tap on “More Options” at the bottom and toggle the “Upload HD” on, which should be off by default. Once this option is enabled, it stays on, so you won’t need to do this every time you upload a video. You can then go back and tap on “Post” to upload the video to your profile.
Depending on the video’s length and size, it might take some time for it to process and upload. Once it’s finished uploading, you can head to your profile to view your newly published high-definition video.
The highest resolution possible for TikTok uploads is 1080p, so if your video is shot in 4K resolution, it will scale it down to 1080p. Still, that’s an improvement compared to keeping the “Upload HD” switch off and getting standard quality.
Your videos should now look better than before, but there may be other impediments (an old phone, low-res camera, scratches on the lenses, lighting, etc.) that can also affect quality, so keep that in mind.
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