How to Delete a TikTok Video: The Ultimate Guide

No matter how hard you work on making awesome TikTok content, sometimes your videos just don’t turn out as well as they could. And that’s fine! Learning from mistakes and underperforming videos is all part of the process. If you’re not happy with a video for any reason and want to start the process again, or if you just want to clean up your profile, it’s easy to delete a TikTok video from your profile.

What is a TikTok video?

A TikTok video is simply a video which has been created for the short form video platform TikTok. This could be a video which you have filmed and edited entirely within the app, or something which you have edited using third party editing software and then uploaded to TikTok. Your TikTok videos could be about anything: from tips on personal finance to inspiring action on climate change or just sharing your musical skills. Videos on TikTok started out at just a few seconds but the platform is now pushing the boundaries to explore videos as long as 10 minutes. But no matter what you use TikTok for, you might find yourself posting a video which you’re not happy with. It might have a mistake in it, or maybe you think of a better way to make it, so let’s dive in to learn how to delete a TikTok video.

How to delete a TikTok video

Deleting a TikTok video from your profile is easy. If you are working on a draft and haven’t yet published your video on TikTok, you can simply quit the draft without saving by hitting the X in the corner of the screen.

But first, a warning: if you delete a TikTok video from your profile without having saved it on your phone, you won’t be able to recover it.

As of August of 2022, if you want to delete a video that has already been posted on your profile, first:

  1. Go to your profile by hitting the “Me” icon.
  2. Select the video you want to delete.
  3. Tap the three dots in the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Tap “Delete”.
  5. This will bring up a prompt asking if you’re sure. Just hit “Confirm” and your video will be deleted from your profile.

How to recover a deleted TikTok video

If you want to delete a TikTok video from your profile but might want to post it again later, make sure to save it first. You can do this by simply pressing and holding on the video then tapping Save when prompted by the icon. This will save your video onto your phone, and you can feel free to delete it from your profile safe in the knowledge you will be able to post it again.

But what if you haven’t saved a video? Unfortunately, TikTok does not offer the option to recover deleted TikTok videos. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. But there’s another way to navigate this: if you create your videos using third party editing software like Pinnacle Studio, you can keep your project files and exported videos saved on your own computer and come back to them later.

For example, once a video has been posted on TikTok someone might point out an error or a typo. It’s easy for you to simply jump back into Pinnacle Studio, correct the mistake, render out a new version and repost it on TikTok. Basically, keep your backups!

Be careful!

Creating video content for TikTok is an ongoing process. There will be times when you’re not happy with the video you’ve posted. If you want to delete a TikTok video, it’s easy to do it from your TikTok profile. Just remember there’s no easy way to recover a deleted TikTok video if you haven’t backed it up, so when you’ve learned how to delete a TikTok video make sure it’s definitely what you want to do!

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