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How To Save TikTok Video To Your Camera Roll

TikTok has taken the world of social media by storm. There are nearly 1 billion active users on this platform with new faces joining the show every day. Thus, the platform is preparing to reach nearly 2 billion active users by the end of this year. Therefore, there is so much to see on this platform and the sheer variety of content is something that you wouldn’t find anywhere else on the internet. But at the basics, TikTok is a simple content-sharing tool that allows you to record, edit, and publish videos as well as sounds that you can share with everyone on the platform.

And just like most other social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram, TikTok also allows its users to save content on their devices permanently. If you are browsing the trending page on TikTok and come across something that you wish to save, you will have to do it right away since there is almost no chance to come across the same video twice. There are new videos being uploaded to the platform every other second, thus thinning the chances of repeated content. Therefore you should check out our guide today to find out how to save TikToks to Camera Roll.

Download TikToks to Camera Roll

Saving a TikTok directly to the Camera Roll is the easiest way of saving a video from this platform to your smartphone. However, this method only works with smartphones and you cannot use the same if you are browsing the platform from your computer. You can also save a TikTok directly to your Camera Roll if you are using an iPhone. So, you can basically create a permanent copy of the video you are watching and share it later on any other platform without any problem.

Here’s how you can do that:

  • Launch the TikTok app on your smartphone.
  • Go to the video that you want to save to your smartphone’s Camera Roll.
  • You can either browse the front page or go to a certain profile and play the video listed there if you want to save it.
  • While the video is playing, you will have a handful of options on the right-hand side of your screen such as Like, Comment, Share, etc. Click on the “Share” icon to proceed.
  • In the Share menu, you will see an option called “Save video”. This will basically download the current video to your smartphone directly.
  • Once you click on “Save video”, wait for a few seconds until the download is completed.
  • Now that the download has finished, you will be able to see the video in your Camera Roll.
  • If you can’t find the video, check if it’s a folder called “TikTok”. This is the default folder for downloading TikTok videos and all other videos that you save from the platform will also appear here.
  • Once the video is downloaded to your Camera Roll, you can watch it without an active internet connection. You can also share the video directly over other social media applications like Messenger, Whatsapp, Telegram, iMessage, etc.

What if Save Video Options is Unavailable?

While TikTok gives you a platform to explore your talents and reach a wider audience while doing so, it also offers many privacy-based options so that you can control how your content is being used on the platform. Apart from offering an option to upload private videos on your profile, TikTok also gives you an option to post the video publicly while disabling the “Save video” feature for them. If the video you are watching is uploaded in the same manner, the method mentioned above will not work for you.

Fortunately, there is a workaround for that. Even if you want to download a video from TikTok that cannot be saved directly to the Camera Roll, you can simply convert the video into GIF format and create a copy of it easily. This also works for private videos on TikTok. Once you get a copy of the video in GIF format, you can share it around just like a regular TikTok video.

Here’s how to do that:

  • Open the TikTok app and browse the platform until you come across the video that you want to save.
  • Once you have found the video that you wish to save to your smartphone, make sure that it is a private video or that downloads are disabled for the video. If not, you can simply follow the instructions mentioned before to add it to your Camera Roll.
  • For private videos, click on the “Share” icon to open up the share menu.
  • Here, you will see a different set of options and the “Save video” option will be missing. Instead of that, you can click on the “Share as GIF” option to proceed.
  • Now, just sit back and wait until TikTok converts the video into GIF format for you. It might take some time depending upon the quality and length of the video.
  • Once the process is finished, the video will be saved to your smartphone in GIF format. You can access the same through the “Camera Roll” of your smartphone.

Saving TikTok Videos on Your Computer

If you keep storing TikToks on your smartphone, you will never know when your 64 or 128 GB smartphone storage drive will be full and it might make your device slower and you may end up missing out on some great content due to a shortage of storage space. So what you can do is save the videos on your computer instead of your smartphone to prevent storage problems. Most modern laptops or desktop computers these days have at least 512 GB storage drive. And if there is an HDD, you may have 1 TB or higher storage space on your computer. So, it is beneficial to use this storage space to save TIkToks rather than your smartphone.

There are 2 ways you can get TikToks on your computers. The first one is the simplest one where you would download the videos directly on your computer. The other one is where you would download the videos to your smartphone first and then transfer it to your PC. In either case, you will be able to save a lot of storage space on your smartphone. Here’s how you can save TikTok videos on your computer.

1. Downloading TikTok Videos Directly on a Computer

There are many ways that you can download TikTok videos directly to your PC without needing a smartphone. It includes browsing TikTok directly from your PC and using online tools to download the content directly to your PC. There are many websites that let you download TikTok videos without needing a smartphone. To name a few, there is,,, etc. And using these tools to download TikTok videos is quite easy.

Here’s how you can download TikTok videos directly to your PC:

  • Open from your PC web browser.
  • Login into your account using your credentials. You can also use other social media platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple ID, or Instagram for one-click login without needing your password.
  • And if you don’t already have an account, you can find a sign-up button at the bottom to create a new account.
  • Once you are in your account, go to the video that you wish to download. You can look up the video by searching its Hashtag, or you can simply search the profile where the video is uploaded and play it from there.
  •  Just like the mobile app, you will find the same “Share” button on the right corner of the video playing on the website.
  • Now, click on the “Share” button and click on the “Copy link” option that appears in the pop-up menu.
  • Once you get the link to the video, visit any of the video downloading websites mentioned above.
  • Almost all of these websites work in the same manner. All you will have to do is paste the link that you copied from the video in the URL box and click enter.
  • The website will then fetch the video for you and offer multiple download options. Choose the best option for your needs and download the video.
  • Sometimes, the video will start playing in the built-in flash player of your browser. You can still download the video by clicking on the three-dot icon and selecting the “Download video” option.

By following this simple method, you can easily start downloading TikTokdirectly to your desktop or laptop without worrying about the limited storage capacity of your smartphone.

2. Transferring TikTok Videos from Smartphone to Windows Computer

If you already have a bunch of videos saved on the camera roll of your smartphone, you might need to transfer them to your computer before you run out of storage space on your smartphone. Fortunately, it is quite easy with a smartphone and a Windows computer using Windows explorer.

Here’s how you can transfer videos to your computer from your smartphone using Windows Explorer:

  • Connect your smartphone to your PC via a USB cable.
  • Make sure that you have granted access permission if you are using an Android device. You can do that by clicking on the USB connection notification from the notification panel.
  • Once you have connected your smartphone to your computer, open Windows File Explorer to access its files. Make sure that your device is unlocked so that your computer can access the files.
  • If you are using an iPhone, you will see “Apple iPhone” appear under the “Devices and drives” section. Double-click on it to open your smartphone’s storage.
  • Click on the “Internal storage” folder.
  • Now, you will see all of the folders that are present on the internal storage of your iPhone. Click on the DCIM folder since this is basically the Camera Roll section of your smartphone.
  • Here, you will find various folders with a number and Apple name. Your TikTok videos are saved in one of these folders.
  • Once you find the videos, simply drag and drop the files into another folder to create a copy.
  • After you back up all the videos from the folder, you can delete them from your iPhone.
  • As for Android, you will find the TikTok folder inside the DCIM folder where all the videos will be saved. So, you can easily copy the videos from this folder to your PC.

Also Check: How To Remove A Repost On TikTok?


Downloading a TikTok video is quite simple and it allows you to have a safe backup of a video or a clip that you like before it is lost in the crowd of the platform. Since there are billions of videos on the platform, it is extremely difficult to find a video once you lose its sight. While you can still find the original uploader and check the video from their profile, there is always a chance of the video not being there anymore in case the uploader decides to remove it.

So, you should just save the TikTok video to your device’s Camera Roll so that you can access it anytime you want. We have also shown you how you transfer these videos to your computer so that you can have a permanent backup of any video that you have downloaded on your device. If you are not sure about any of the information provided here, you can reach us with your doubt via the comment section below.

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