TikTok drafts: How to save, edit, and delete drafts on TikTok

TikTok logo on a phoneUnsplash: May Gauthier

Filming, saving, and editing TikTok drafts are all simple processes, and knowing how to use drafts to your advantage can make managing your content on TikTok a great deal easier.

TikTok is a popular short-form video app where users can share and watch viral content. The platform has helped launch the careers of many stars, including Charli D’Amelio, Bella Poarch, and Koby Lame.

TikTok’s drafts feature makes it easy for creators to edit and preview their content before posting. This allows creators to work on their videos in stages, and to post them when they are ready.

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How to create a TikTok draft

  1. Launch TikTok.
  2. Press the plus button to open the camera screen.
  3. Film something using the pink button or upload a video from your gallery.
  4. Tap the pink tick, then ‘next.’
  5. Then, at the bottom left of the screen, tap the ‘Drafts’ button to save it as a draft.

Once you’ve saved your video, your draft will appear in a dedicated folder at the top of your profile page.

Screenshot of the drafts folder on TikTokTikTok
The Drafts folder is located on your profile page.

How to edit a TikTok draft

Once you’ve saved your draft, you’re able to go in and edit it or add to it at any time.

  1. Go to your profile page, and tap on the ‘Drafts’ folder.
  2. Tap on the draft you want to edit to open it.
  3. If you want to edit the video itself, click the back button in the top left corner, then ‘Continue recording.’ From here you’re able to add new clips, music, filters, and more. Once you’re happy with it, click the pink tick to add any sticker or captions, or to adjust your clips.
  4. Click ‘Next’ again. Here, you’re able to edit privacy details, hashtags, and the cover image of the video.
  5. To save it as a draft again, select the ‘Drafts’ button, and to post it to your profile, select the ‘Post’ button.
Screenshot of the TikTok drafts editorTikTok
A variety of different options can be accessed when editing a draft.

How to save TikTok drafts to camera roll

You may find that after filming a draft, you’d like to keep the footage that you filmed, but not necessarily post it. There isn’t a direct option to save drafts to your camera roll, but thankfully there is a way to save the footage you filmed.

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  1. Open your drafts folder, and select the video you want to save. Click ‘Next’ to head to the options.
  2. Where it says ‘who can watch this video,’ change it to ‘Only me.’
  3. Under more options, ensure that the ‘Save to device’ option is toggled to the on position.
  4. Tap ‘Post’ to post your video.
  5. Check your camera roll, and your video should be there.

Alternatively, if you want to save your draft without the TikTok watermark:

  1. Open the draft you want to save.
  2. Click on the thumbnail of the video to preview it.
  3. Tap the square in the top right corner to remove the options, so you can just see your video.
  4. Use your device’s screen record function to record the video and save it to your camera roll. (Note: There will still be some buttons visible when using this method, so your video won’t be totally clear.)

In February, some users also reported that they had received access to a download button on the edit screen which allows them to save videos they’ve recorded to their device without a watermark. This feature hasn’t been rolled out to everyone yet, but could be on its way soon.

How to delete drafts on TikTok

It’s easy to start collecting a huge number of drafts if you continue to film videos without posting them, which could take up space on your phone. Fortunately, deleting drafts on TikTok is simple.

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  1. Go to the Drafts tab on your profile page.
  2. Tap ‘Select’ in the top right corner.
  3. Select the videos you want to delete.
  4. Tap ‘Delete’ at the bottom of the screen. Press delete again on the pop-up to confirm.

It’s also worth noting that if you decide to uninstall TikTok, doing so will also delete all of your saved drafts.

If you want to learn more about how to use TikTok, you can check out our other guides here:

How to duet on TikTokHow to Stitch on TikTokHow to go live on TikTokHow to find contacts on TikTok | How to use TikTok StoriesBest time to post on TikTok for more views and likes

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