How to Make TikTok Videos Longer [Illustrated Guide]


TikTok started with short 15-second videos but has since expanded into more long-form video content and now offers three-minute videos, 10-minute videos (in some countries), and live feeds.

This guide shows you the following:

  • How to change the video length of an already recorded video
  • How to merge videos
  • How to combine TikTok drafts

Notice that TikTok stories are limited to 15 seconds.

How to Change a Video to Sixty Seconds or Three Minutes

  1. Hit the Post button (+ button) at the bottom of your screen to record a new video.
  2. Swipe and choose Camera (not Story or Templates)
  3. Swipe and choose your desired maximum video length.
  4. Tap the red record button to start recording

Tip: you can start and stop the recording multiple times within the time limit by simply tapping the red circle. This is an easy way to change camera angles within the same video without editing the clips later.

TikTok camera video length
Make sure to choose Camera to see the video length options.
(Image credit: TikTok)

Trimming and minimum length

The maximum limits don’t mean your videos must be exactly these lengths.

If you want a specific length that is less than, say, 60 seconds, you can tap the record button at the bottom of the screen a second time to stop recording before the time limit automatically does this.

You can also use the TikTok video editor to trim your video to the perfect length.

How to Upload and Combine Videos On TikTok

  1. Click Post (+ button)
  2. Tap the Upload button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose the videos you’d like (you can also include photos)
  4. Click OK
  5. Click the square plus icon next to your videos/photos to add more videos and repeat the process.
  6. Tap next
  7. Add special effects, sounds, etc.
  8. Click Next
  9. Add a description
  10. Tap Post
How to combine TikTok videos
If you want to add more videos or photos, click the square plus icon next to them and repeat the process.
(Image credit: TikTok)

Combining two shorter videos into one long TikTok video is also possible.

You can do this by uploading videos from your camera roll (the videos you have on your mobile device):

How to combine videos TikTok
Here, I’ve chosen five different videos that I want to combine.
(Image credit: TikTok)

It’s possible to trim things down, combine the videos, and choose which order the clips play in from the video editor.

How to merge TikTok Drafts

Unfortunately, there’s no easy native way to merge TikTok drafts. Instead, it requires a workaround.

TikTok drafts
You can see your drafts folder under the 6-bar icon in your profile.
(Image credit: TikTok)

The first step is to save your drafts to your mobile device. To save your drafts, you first need to publish them. Set the option to “Only me” under “Who can watch this video.”

How to combine or merge drafts TikTok
Make sure to post your draft so only you can watch it. Now you can download your TikTok videos.
(Image credit: TikTok)

When you’ve saved every video you want to combine, you need to follow the ten steps mentioned above, i.e., upload your drafts and combine them as videos from your camera roll.

If TikTok won’t let you save your videos, read this guide.

TikTok live has no Time Limit

When you reach 1.000 followers on TikTok, you gain access to the TikTok live feed option. This is where you can broadcast a video in real time, like streaming on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook.

There isn’t a maximum time limit on TikTok live.

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  • Jan Sørup

    Jan Sørup is a indie filmmaker, videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

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