You may have noticed that some of the videos you upload to TikTok don’t always look good. If you think the answer is that you need a DSLR, you are wrong. The blurriness, pixelation, and overall poor quality that can occur in your uploaded videos probably isn’t your smartphone’s fault – you may not be uploading your videos in HD.
Ideally, TikTok would let users upload videos in high definition by default, but it isn’t. The reasons may be valid, such as faster upload speeds, faster loading times and data retention, but if you want your videos to look better, you need to enable high definition uploads. Fortunately, TikTok has a simple setting to enable HD videos when uploading; only it is a somewhat hidden environment.
: Prepare your video
In the TikTok app, tap the plus sign (+) in the bottom navigation bar to start the upload process. Then record a video or upload an existing video as you normally would. Then you can add text, animations, filters and other effects as needed. When your video is all done, tap “Next” at the bottom right to go to it Post settings.
Step 2 Enable the HD setting
In the Post settings, add a caption and hashtags, and configure the privacy settings you see, if needed – all things you would normally do. But before you hit that “Post” button, you have one more thing to do.
Tap “More options” at the bottom and enable “Upload HD” which should be disabled by default. Once enabled, this option will remain enabled, so you don’t have to do this every time you upload a video. You can then go back and tap “Post” to upload the video to your profile.
Step 3: Watch your high definition video
Depending on the length and size of the video, it may take a while to process and upload. Once the upload is complete, you can go to your profile to view your newly published high-definition video.
The highest possible resolution for TikTok uploads is 1080p, so if your video is recorded in 4K resolution, it will be scaled back to 1080p. Still, that’s an improvement over turning off the “Upload HD” switch and getting default quality.
Your videos should now look better than before, but there may be other obstacles (an old phone, low-resolution camera, scratches on the lenses, lighting, etc.) that can also affect the quality so keep that in mind.
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