It takes a lot of time and effort for TikTok creators to make a high-quality TikTok video. Imagine the frustration when you spent several hours coming up with an idea, shooting, and then editing your TikTok clip, and this ended up being blurry after the upload. Well, we don’t even need to imagine that.
This is why in this piece, we’ll talk about how you can improve TikTok video quality and dive deeper into why the platform deteriorates your content’s quality.
Why TikTok Makes Your Videos Look Blurry: Reasons
One of the common superstitions when it comes to TikTok video quality is that it can worsen owing to poor smartphone camera specifications. It can be a reason why your videos look blurry on TikTok but definitely not a primary one.
Besides, on occasions, TikTok makes your video look worse on your phone only but not on other users’ devices. To test it, watch your video on another device, such as a tablet, another phone, or a web version of TikTok after you upload it on the platform.
Here are some reasons why TikTok might make your videos look blurry:
Your video’s specs don’t match those recommended by TikTok.
If your clip’s specifications correspond to the specs that TikTok recommends you to use, the platform will not alter the quality of your video. Namely, if you have uploaded a video in the required size, format, and codec type, it will not be changed.
Beyond that, if you shoot a video using a native TikTok in-app camera, the video’s quality is not in danger, either. Yet, should you upload the video made with your phone camera unedited, the content’s quality might worsen after you upload it.
The gadget screen resolution is either too high or too low.
Many modern smartphones support 4K resolution, but most people still watch videos in FullHD. Given this, it doesn’t make much sense to create videos of higher quality, for the majority of users won’t see the difference anyway. Besides, the quality will only drop.
The highest resolution available for TikTok uploads is 1080p, so if you make a 4K video, it will inevitably drop to 1080p. To avoid it, resize your 4K video to 1080p before uploading it on TikTok, thus making the end quality better than the one in the native app.
TikTok server’s volume has its restrictions.
The volume of the platform’s servers is not limitless. When you upload high-quality content, a large amount of space is being used, thus forcing the developers to extend the computing space and power. These actions unavoidably affect the content quality. If that’s the reason why your particular videos’ quality drops, there’s nothing you can do about it.
TikTok Videos Dimensions and Specs
Now we know that the unmatching specs of uploaded videos might influence the quality, so it’s time we touched upon them.
If you like shooting videos using your smartphone’s native camera, you should know which parameters to set when editing videos. If you do it properly, it will help you to avoid quality issues.
TikTok suggests you should upload videos that meet these requirements:
250 MB is the size of the clip if uploaded from an iOS device.
75 MB is for Android.
1080 x 1920 px is the video format.
MP4 or MOV type.
How to Fix Poor Video Quality on TikTok
Before you upload a video on TikTok
To ensure your video's quality is good after uploading it on TikTok, you should manually set its maximum quality settings before shooting. Ideally, you should choose the resolution of 1080p and 30 frames or higher.
If the lighting is poor when you’re shooting a video, opt for a lower resolution instead, such as 720, since a lower res means fewer pixels which implies that individual pixels will capture more light.
And don’t forget to pay attention to the recommended TikTok specifications for uploaded videos.
After you upload a video on TikTok
When you add a clip on the platform, find the More Options tab on TikTok and toggle the Upload HD. Why? It will enable you to upload HD videos later on.
Instead of a selfie camera, use a rear one. A rear camera provides better quality.
On TikTok, turn off the Data Saver option. You can find it in the settings (Settings → Cache and Cellular Data → Data Saver → Off).
Make sure you upload videos on TikTok only if the Internet connection is stable.
Instead of uploading videos on TikTok from a smartphone, do it from the TikTok web app.
Before uploading videos on TikTok, edit them in third-party editing software that has already been tested and shown they provide good post-edit quality.
Note that if you found a website or app that promises you it can increase the quality of your videos, it's a scam, and you shouldn’t be fooled. Such services aren’t only useless; they can even be harmful because they may lead to having your TikTok account blocked.
The Bottom Line
It’s not impossible to improve your TikTok videos’ quality, though tricky. Using the tips and practices we shared, you can secure the satisfactory quality of your videos on TikTok and make them look as good as you intended them to be. And remember that sometimes a fancy and engaging video idea might win over a low quality of a video.