Why Is My TikTok Video Quality Bad?

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Why Is My TikTok Video Quality Bad?

TikTok is a fun social media platform, dedicated to the sharing of videos as well as messaging the people that you’re closest to.

Often times you may notice that the videos that you post on TikTok are blurry and the quality becomes bad as soon as you upload it. As an avid TikTok user, knowing that your followers aren’t seeing the high quality of your content because TikTok has made it blurry can be annoying.

Why Do My Videos Look Blurry When I Post Them?

The reason your TikTok video are blurry and lose quality once you post them is is either the aspect ratio is incorrect so TikTok will compress your video. Or the file of the post is over 287.6 MB MB which means that it will be compressed. To avoid TikTok ruining the quality of the videos that you post, you need to make sure that you’re uploading videos with file size below 287.6 MB and that you have the correct aspect ratio.

All TikTok videos are constrained within 1080px by 1920px aspect ratio so if you have a video that doesn’t fit this, it’s going to be compressed. TikTok makes your stories blurry for the best user experience in video loading, optimizing network connectivity, and taking up minimal space in the phone’s memory and drive.

There’s no way to change the upload quality of your video on TikTok, it all depends on the quality of your camera. If your TikTok video is blurry, this is because of TikTok’s compression feature. All stories uploaded to TikTok also experience compression and loss in quality so the best way to fix this is to upload high-quality stories so you don’t notice the compression as much.

1. Poor Internet Connection

If you have a poor internet connection, either you’re on mobile data or a slightly slow WiFi network, your TikTok videos may appear blurry when you post them. If you do have a poor internet connection, then TikTok will lower the quality of videos if the Internet speed is slow while uploading.

If this has happened to you, you’ll notice that your videos seem normal to you while uploading, but once the upload is done, the quality goes bad. It’s always important to remember to upload on a strong WIFI connection rather than data. Before you do so, make sure to check your internet speed, and if it’s not good enough, either chance to data or wait for the stories to stop being low quality.

2. Your Video isn’t Optimized

If you’ve uploaded a video to your TikTok, the outcome of a bad quality video would be the result of poor optimization, a side effect of TikTok stretching the original video you uploaded. If you upload a video that’s too small, or low resolution, TikTok will then stretch the video to fit.

To fix this problem, upload a video that’s of higher quality. You should certainly aim for TikTok’s limit of 287.6 MB for a video. The reason being is that a higher quality video doesn’t suffer from stretching, and shrinking a higher resolution video isn’t going to cause a bad quality video. And don’t go any lower than 1080px by 1920px.

3. Your Network Connection Timed Out

Not an uncommon problem, per say, but certainly a unique issue. You see, when you upload a video, it doesn’t upload all of the data at one time–it does so a little at a time. The strength of your connection helps chern the data faster. If your network times out while you’re still uploading, well, you could end up with a bad quality video.

The best solution for this is to check your network status. You may have to reboot your equipment, like your modem and router, and simply try again, like so:

  1. Locate your modem and router (if you have a router). In the back, find the power cable for both your modem and router. Follow the cords until you reach the power outlet they are both plugged into.
  2. Pull the power cords from the power outlet and give the modem and router at least 2 minutes.
  3. After 2 minutes have passed, plug your modem and router back in. Give your modem and router time to reboot and start broadcasting your network. Double-check it’s working by using another device like a mobile device or a computer.

Here are a few ways to prevent low quality when you upload a video on TikTok.

How to Upload HD Videos to TikTok

1. Upload HD

There’s an upload HD setting that allows you to make sure that your videos are uploaded as HD. If these aren’t turned on, then it could explain why your TikTok video is blurry. If your video does not meet the 720p required for HD, then TikTok won’t upload it so your videos will always turn out high quality.

To upload HD videos:

  1. Film a video on TikTok using your rear camera. If you already have a video in your camera roll or gallery, then you can upload it after clicking the + button.
  2. Once you’ve done, click Next. This will bring you to post settings.
  3. Go to more options.
  4. Scroll down to the HD upload toggle and toggle it on if it is off.

Now your videos will be higher quality and your videos can’t turn out bad anymore whenever you post them.

2. Keeping the Right Aspect Ratio so TikTok Doesn’t Blur Your Videos

You need to keep an aspect ratio of 9:16 so that TikTok doesn’t lower the quality of your videos. This will make the ideal video size 1080px by 1920px. This means that your video will fill up the screen so it will keep the quality of the video high. If your video is larger than this and the dimensions are incorrect, TikTok might reduce the quality of the video so you need to keep within the aspect ratio as well as the file size.

To do this with any video you have, it’s best you use Veed.io because this already has a setting that will keep your video at an aspect ratio of 4:5. If you want an aspect ratio of 1:1, then simply using your phone’s setting to crop will allow you to do this.

  1. Go to Veed.io on desktop.
  2. Drag the Video into the placeholder
  3. When choosing the size you want to keep the video at, choose 4:5
  4. When exporting the photo, check Resize to Fit.
  5. Select Export to save the video.
  6. Post it to TikTok.

3. Maximize Your Phones Camera Settings to Improve Loss of Quality

The best way to prevent a huge loss of quality in your TikTok videos is to maximize your phone’s camera quality. Doing this means that you’ll have better quality videos so when you upload them to TikTok and they do lose their quality, the difference wouldn’t be as bad if you didn’t make the quality better initially.

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  1. Open the default Camera app.camera settings
  2. Tap on the Gear icon. This will pull up the settings menu of the Camera app. You’ll immediately see the picture size on the top portion of the settings.picture size
  3. Click on Picture size.
  4. Set it to the biggest size resolution. You can also tap on the video size and make sure it’s at the maximum resolution size. For the example below, its FHD 1920 x 1080. If you’re using the front camera for selfies and videos, make sure to adjust the settings for that as well.

When you adjust the settings and max it out, TikTok will reduce the size of the video to fit its maximum rules. The maximum size of TikTok video are 1080px so if you take videos from the default camera, utilizing the best resolution will let you keep within the maximum size of videos.

4. Use a High Quality Camera to Keep The Vide Quality High

Another thing you can do to keep the quality of your stories high is to use a high-quality camera. This could either be a DSL camera that you’re using and this will allow you to keep the quality high straight away.

Another great alternative is a new iPhone or Android. These devices have very advanced cameras and this will allow you to keep your video quality high. When you do upload the video to TikTok, rather than TikTok making it blurry, the video will lose quality but it will still be of great quality compared to other people’s posts that don’t use high-quality cameras.

5. Don’t Use Your WIFI

If your TikTok video is low quality, then make sure to use data instead of WIFI. To change to WIFI, simply turn off your WIFI and turn your mobile data on.

  1. Change to data and turn off WIFI
  2. Post on TikTok
  3. Check the quality of your TikTok.

Usually, mobile data has a more stable Internet connection which means that you’re more likely to have a higher quality video.

6. Use TikTok’s Camera

If you’re using your native Camera app, you should consider using TikTok’s default camera app. Although there isn’t much you can do with the default camera of TikTok, it takes pretty decent videos that are high-res.

This follows the previous method’s technique in taking a high-resolution video and the post will just be adjusted upon upload to the platform. Your videos won’t be any less pixelated but you’ll see how they’re going to turn on as soon as you take the video as opposed to when you upload them and feel the huge drop in quality.

7. Don’t Share the Video Before Uploading

If you’re exchanging photos through platforms Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, there’s a hundred percent chance that the media content gets compressed. Facebook and WhatsApp do this in order to keep the experience smooth and sacrifice some of the content quality of the videos.

I know I’m guilty of this because I always send videos through WhatsApp so I didn’t realize that the media gets compressed until I dug into the file directory. Sharing on apps before you post a video on TikTok will cause initial compression so when you do go to TikTok and post the already compressed video, then it could come out pixelated due to TikTok’s further compression.

Alternatives to this can be sharing the file through Bluetooth, or uploading it via Google Drive or iCloud.

8. Toggle Off Data Saver

  1. Go to your TikTok profile by clicking on the profile icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on Settings and privacy
  4. Click on Data Save
  5. Toggle off Data Saver.

9. Improve Your Lighting

All photographers know that lighting is everything when it comes to taking photos videos. If your videos have been filmed in bad quality lighting, then you should expect them to have a poor turnout when they’re posted. Lighting is the best way to get your videos to have a good quality so make sure that you’re filming by a window or in a well-lit room when you’re taking a video on TikTok. When you do post the video, make sure to toggle on the HD option so that the video is posted as high quality and it doesn’t look blurry once it’s uploaded.

10. Switch to Your Rear Side Camera

If you’ve been using the front camera to take videos, then you should use the rear camera instead. Front cameras are nowhere near as good as rear cameras. Not only are rear cameras higher resolution, but they also have lenses that are much more sophisticated so you’ll be able to pick up much more light and video quality. You’ll also have better soon and an ultra-wide lens if your phone is newer. You can use a tripod and ask someone to film you with your back camera to improve the quality of your video.

11. Update TikTok

One way you may be experiencing some poor video quality is if the app version you’re using is outdated. Consider going to Google Play or iTunes App Store and downloading the latest version of TikTok. The app updates from time to time so you can check back to the app page of TikTok for the latest version.

You can also consider updating your device if you’re using an older unit. Older units have an older version of Android or iOS which may not have the capabilities needed to run a more recent version of the TikTok app.

12. Uninstall and Re-install TikTok

If there’s an error within TikTok that’s causing TikTok stories to blur, you’ll need to download it and reinstall it. There may be something wrong with TikTok itself so redownloading it again may clear up the issue.

If you want to uninstall TikTok:

  1. Hold TikTok and wait for the settings to show up.
  2. Tap on Delete then tap delete again to confirm.
  3. Go back to the Play Store or App Store and download TikTok again

When you download it again, go back to the app and see if your stories are blurry.

13. Reset Network Settings

When you reset your network settings, this will fix any network problems that is causing TikTok videos to have low quality when you upload them to your TikTok. Resetting the network settings clears any setting that relates to a network which could fix the app that’s having issues with your network. When you do this, your settings will go back to how there were when you first had your device.

To reset your network settings:

Android:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your Android.
  2. Scroll to and select General management or System
  3. Tap either Reset or Reset options
  4. Tap on Reset network settings.

A confirmation will pop up, tap on ‘Reset Network Settings’ again to confirm your decision. This will reboot your device and once it’s back on, go back into TikTok and check if your video still has a bad quality after re-uploading it.

iOS:

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Tap on General
  3. Click on Reset
  4. Click on Reset Network Settings
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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