How do you fast forward and rewind on TikTok? It’s one of the first questions you might be asking, after all, TikTok is all about videos and it’s an integral feature for playback. However, search all you want but you won’t find anything of the sort.
But not all is lost! There’s still a few options available. All it takes is a bit of hand-waving and a few taps of your fingers. It may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but you don’t have a lot of choices.
How to Fast Forward and Rewind on TikTok
Unfortunately, TikTok doesn’t have a feature dedicated to rewinding and fast forwarding videos considering they tend to be anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds long. However, you can restart a video you see on TikTok with a gesture. But that isn’t your only option either. Let’s take a look at both.
Restarting a TikTok Video
While TikTok may be without a fast forward button or rewind button, it does give you the option to restart videos with a simple gesture. When the video is over, all you have to do is swipe up or down, and then swipe back to the video. This will restart the video and you can enjoy it in its entirety.
Of course, that means you’ll be forced to watch every second again until you reach the timestamp you were shooting for.
Downloading a TikTok Video
The better option of the two is to simply download the TikTok video. Once you’ve downloaded the video, you can use your device’s default media player to watch it—which also means you can fast forward or rewind to your heart’s content.
1. Begin by launching the TikTok application. Its app icon resembles a music note and placed against a dark backdrop.
2. If you haven’t already, sign in.
3. Now, go to a video you want to download and watch it. You’ll notice a few icons on the right-hand side. Tap Share. A menu will open at the bottom.
4. Rather than share to a social media platform, select Save Video.
Note: TikTok users have access to privacy settings, as do you. This means a TikTok user can choose to disable the option to download their videos. If you do not see the ability available, then you cannot download their video unless you use a third-party service—which requires the URL.
5. Open the recently downloaded TikTok video and enjoy!
It can be a bit frustrating not having a dedicated rewind and fast forward option on TikTok; in fact, Tiktok should definitely get on that and implement it as soon as possible. It can be especially annoying when you just want to go a few seconds back in a one minute video, instead of starting the entire video over.
Until TikTok feels the feature is necessary enough to develop and add, you’ll have to settle with either restarting it over with a hand gesture or download the video and rewind or fast forward with your device’s default media player.