How to Turn on Microphone on TikTok

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How to Turn on Microphone on TikTok

In this article, we are going to provide you with a complete and easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to turn on the microphone on TikTok.

How to Turn on Microphone on TikTok

To turn on the microphone on TikTok, you must give TikTok permission to access the microphone on your phone.

The fact is that apart from your phone’s native camera, every application on your phone that creates or records Media requires permission to access your phone microphone and camera.

When you want to record a video on TikTok for the first time, TikTok will request permission to access your phone camera, microphone, and storage.

You must give TikTok this permission because if you do not do so, you will not be able to record video and sound on the application.

Some users, however, sometimes grant camera and storage permissions to TikTok but mistakenly deny microphone permissions for the app.

In that case, you may be able to record and upload videos but will not be able to use any features that require sound, such as voice-over, duetting, and microphone on the TikTok application.

So, when you want to record a video on TikTok and the app requests access to your phone’s microphone, grant access to enable the microphone for TikTok.

But if you have already set up your TikTok without granting the microphone permission, you can still do so by following the steps below:

To enable mic permission for TikTok on Android OS:

1. Exit TikTok and swipe it away from recent items

2. Open the Settings app on your phone

3. Go to Privacy Settings or App Permissions, depending on your phone’s user interface

4. You may see Microphone straight away, or you may have to tap on Permission Manager, then tap on Microphone

5. Scroll down to find TikTok, then tap on it to allow microphone permissions for TikTok

6. Now, relaunch TikTok and try performing any action that requires microphone access to see if the microphone is now enabled on TikTok

To enable mic permission for TikTok on iOS:

1. Exit TikTok and swipe it away from recent items

2. Open the Settings app on your phone

3. Scroll all the way down in Settings until you find TikTok, tap on it

4. You will immediately see permissions for TikTok.

5. At Microphone, toggle to turn on microphone access for TikTok

Kindly note that if you do not complete this process, you will not be able to use the microphone, voiceover, or duet feature on TikTok.

How to Turn on Microphone on TikTok For Duets

The method for turning on the microphone on TikTok for standard video recording and voice-over is different from that of turning on the microphone for duets on the application.

If, for example, you want to record or upload a video for voice-over, you will see the voice-over option right on the editing screen where you can talk over the video sound.

But if you are duetting, you will not see voiceover on the first editing screen.

Instead, you will see a mic icon among the editing options. You would need to tap on that icon to start talking over the video that you want to duet. Also, if you do not use an earpiece, your audio will be barely audible.

It is only when you finish talking using the mic button and then click on Next that you will see the voiceover button on the next window. But this feature is essential and of no use for the purpose of a duet video.

So, when you want to talk over a duet video, use the Mic button instead, as explained below:

1. Launch TikTok on your phone and make sure that you are signed into your TikTok account

2. When you find the video that you want to duet, click on the arrow button at the bottom right of the screen

3. From the options that appear, tap on Duet and give TikTok a few seconds to process the video

4. When the duet page opens, click on the Mic icon on the right in the editing options

5. Then tap on the record button to start speaking over the sound

Why Can’t I Turn on Microphone on TikTok

In this article, we have provided you with steps for enabling microphones both on the TikTok app and in permissions on your phone settings. If you have done these, it is unlikely that you would have any issues enabling or turning on the microphone on TikTok.

However, if you still have issues with turning on the microphone on TikTok, then it is possible that there is a bug on your phone or on the TikTok app.

Follow the steps below to remove bugs on TikTok and on your phone, and get the microphone working properly on TikTok.

Fix – Restart the App

Issues with enabling the microphone on TikTok are usually not a result of a serious bug on the app.

There is no need to uninstall the app or try some other drastic solution. Most times, a simple restart of the app resolves the problem and allows you to enable the microphone and start recording sounds on the app.

To restart TikTok:

1. Exit TikTok and swipe it away from recent items in the background

2. Wait 30 seconds, then relaunch TikTok and retry.

What restarting the app does is offload all the background data that may have become corrupt or did not load properly in your current use.

When you relaunch TikTok, all the background programs and their permissions are reloaded, and this usually fixes the microphone issue.

Fix 2 – Clear the Cache

The background data that we talked about in the step above are stored in a memory on the phone called Cache.

Each application installed on your phone is assigned a cache memory to store background data and your usage data so that you are able to access the app more quicker.

The cache also ensures that you do not need to repeat actions like logging in and setting preferences every time you launch the app.

Sometimes, the cache memory may become full or corrupt and make you unable to perform certain actions like enabling the microphone and recording sounds on TikTok.

To fix this, you need to clear the app cache using the steps below:

First, you need to clear the cache on the TikTok app directly:

1. Open TikTok

2. Tap the Profile tab at the bottom right of the screen

3. Tap the three-line menu icon at the top right

4. Select Settings and Privacy from the option

5. Under Cache and Cellular Data, select Free Up Space

6. Beside Cache, select Clear and confirm the action

However, this will not perform a complete clearing of the cache. To complete the cache clearing, you also need to clear the TikTok app cache from your phone settings. To do this:

First, exit TikTok and swipe it away from recent items. Then,

On Android

1. Long-press the TikTok app.

2. Select App Info.

3. Select Clear Data.

4. Select Clear Cache.

On iOS

1. Navigate to Settings on your device.

2. Select General.

3. Select iPhone Storage.

4. Select TikTok.

5. Select Offload app.

6. Confirm the action.

7. Select Reinstall app.

Fix 3 – Update Tiktok

Another possible reason why you are unable to turn on the microphone on TiK ToK is that the TiK ToK app itself is out of date, and so some functions or features on the app, such as microphone access, are no longer working properly.

To resolve this, you would need to update the TiK ToK app following the steps below:

1. Open your phone’s application store.

2. Search for TikTok in the search bar.

3. Select TikTok from the results and then tap on Update at the top right of the screen to update the TikTok app.

4. When the update is complete, tap on Open to relaunch TikTok and check to see if the microphone is now working.

Fix 4 – Restart Your Phone

If restarting TikTok, clearing the TikTok app cache, and updating the app does not resolve the issue for you, you may need to restart your phone.

Restarting the phone is often the ultimate solution that will clear glitches both on the app and on the phone itself, which may be causing you to be unable to enable the microphone on TikTok.

To restart your phone to clear such serious glitches, we recommend a hard restart using the steps below:

To hard restart an Android phone:

· Press and hold power and volume down buttons for at least 7 seconds until the phone turns off and turns back on

To force restart the iPhone with Face ID, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE Gen 2 and later:

1. Press and quickly release the volume up (+) button.

2. Then press and quickly release the volume down (-) button.

3. Then, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Please do these in quick succession, or the sequence will break.

To force restart, iPhone 7

1. Press and hold the volume down button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously

2. Hold until the Apple logo appears, then release them.

To force restart the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE Gen 1

1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously.

2. Hold until the Apple logo appears, then release them.

After restarting, you should now be able to enable the microphone on TikTok.

Fix 5- Update Your Phone

The last possible reason why you may be unable to enable the microphone on your phone for TikTok is that your phone requires an update to fix the bug.

Sometimes the inability to enable some features on the phone is because that feature has developed a bug that only a patch from the phone’s manufacturer can fix.

This means that the problem is often a result of an error in the programming of the phone, and it is only when you install the update fix from the phone’s manufacturer that the feature will start working well again.

So to update your phone follow the steps below:

To update Android OS (the method may vary across brands)

1. Go to Settings.

2. Select About Phone.

3. Select Check for System Updates.

4. Confirm to install of the available updates.

To update iOS

1. Select Settings

2. Select General

3. Select Software Update

4. Click to install the available updates

Fix 6 – Use Earphones

If performing all the fixes provided above does not resolve your microphone issues on TikTok, it may be that your phone’s speakers or microphone are bad. In that case, a quick fix is to use earphones to record sound and videos on TikTok.

While this may not be a permanent solution, it will allow you to create the content that you want to create immediately before you can take your phone to a repairer to fix the microphone or speaker issues…that is, if you do not decide to replace the phone completely.

In conclusion, the process to enable or turn on the microphone on TikTok involves first giving TikTok microphone access on your phone and then using the native microphone feature on the TikTok app.

Once you have these done, the mic should work fine. If you encounter issues, then you need to remove bugs using the fixes provided in this article.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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