How to Edit Captions on TikTok: The Ultimate Guide

Want to make your TikTok videos even more engaging and accessible? Opening up your content to a wider audience means more views, more engagement, and a bigger brand. One of the ways you can do this is through adding and editing captions to your TikTok videos. But what exactly is a caption and how do you edit it?

What is a caption for a TikTok video?

Closed captioning, or captions, is a feature that overlays subtitles onto a video. This is so that hard of hearing audiences can still enjoy and engage with video content even without hearing the dialogue that is being spoken in the videos. It’s possible to add text to your video within the TikTok app, but there’s a faster way to caption dialogue. To make this as easy as possible for creators, TikTok has an automatically-generated captions feature that reads what’s spoken in the video and turns it into text. But, because it’s generated by an AI, it’s not always perfect. Fortunately it’s pretty easy to edit the captions in a TikTok video.

How to edit the caption of a TikTok video

Firstly, use the text tool within the TikTok app to write a caption across the video. Change the font and the colors to customize it to your liking. If you want to edit the text once you’ve written it but before you’ve posted it, simply tap on the text again to bring up the text tools and tweak the text.

If you want to edit the automatically generated captions, hit the “Edit” icon in the bottom right — it looks like a pencil — and you will be able to go into the automatic subtitles and adjust any typos within the text. Once you’re happy with it, hit “Save” and you’re free to post.

But what happens if you want to edit the caption of a TikTok video after you’ve posted it? Unfortunately, what’s done is done, and once your video is posted on TikTok you won’t be able to edit the text. It would be annoying to re-record and repost it, which is where the value of video editing software comes in.

Use Pinnacle Studio to edit your TikTok videos

Video editing software like Pinnacle Studio gives you complete control over your TikTok videos. It lets you trim clips, edit footage, add music and filters, and add captions. Creating a video in Pinnacle Studio gives you access to the text tool which you can use to create and customize the captions in your video. Once you are happy with it, you can render and post the video. But if you want to change it afterwards, as long as you still have the project file, you can easily jump back into Pinnacle Studio, make the changes, render it again and upload it. This way, you don’t have to create the captions all over again like you would if you were editing within TikTok; you can simply delete the post, make the change in Pinnacle Studio, and quickly repost it.


Adding captions to your TikTok videos is an incredible way to make them accessible to a wider audience. Users will be able to watch and appreciate your videos if they are hard of hearing, but also if they are simply browsing TikTok with their devices muted. Although TikTok gives you a couple of ways to add captions to your videos within the app, using video editing software like Pinnacle Studio will give you complete control and makes editing captions easy if you need to repost a video with a mistake in it.

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