It wasn’t long ago that TikTok allowed its users to upload their own sounds. Music clips were by far one of the most popular options, and one that caused the most problems. You see, it’s not exactly legal to be adding music to your TikTok videos you don’t own.

Sure, you might have bought the soundtrack—and that’s great—but the copyright license is still very much attached to the owner of the music. By applying it to your silly TikTok video, it can be taken down or muted. What do you do then? Well, you can still get around it.

Sound Isn’t Available on TikTok

What you first need to do is update TikTok. You can do that through the Google Play Store if you’re using Android; the App Store if you’re using an iOS device. This is to ensure a bug isn’t causing the sound to disappear. After all, it might just be a fluke in the system.

1. After updating TikTok, shut it down if you haven’t already and then boot it back up. Now you’re working with a fresh session of TikTok.

Now, you need another app to make this method work. It involves creating a video on a separate application, and then uploading it to TikTok. For that, you need something like InShot—a video editing app that can add music to videos you shoot with the camera.

2. Install InShot (Android | iOS).

3. Launch InShot and record a video. You are welcome to trim where necessary. When you’re finished trimming, you can mute the volume in the video by using the volume slider.

4. Next, adding a music track. Tap Music. Choose a sound file.

5. Save the video, by tapping Save, and upload it to TikTok.

That’s all there is to it. This is especially helpful if a sound isn’t available on TikTok, but the price you pay is your video will end up with a short lifespan. To guarantee it stays up for at least a little while, you can also make it a private video.

Bottom Line

When a sound isn’t available on TikTok, you can get around the limited library by simply creating your own video with a secondary editing app like InShot or something similar. But again, you need to remember that the music still isn’t yours and you’re violating copyright laws. TikTok won’t hesitate to delete your video. If you want to avoid that, stick to creating your own music or use the sounds available on TikTok.