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How to Duet on TikTok (Step-by-step)

If you’re a consistent Titok user, there are chances that you’ve come across videos that are split into two— one video would be commenting on the other. The name for these videos during the discussion on TikTok is called Duet.

Similar to the musical duet, they can include people who harmonize together. However, the Duet on TikTok is more than that, as people use it to react to videos, a duet with themselves, or create dialogs.

The TikTok duet tool is simple and easy to use and can be a lot of fun. This step-by-step guide will explain how to do a Duet on TikTok, including everything you need to know to get started.


What Is a Duet on TikTok?

You already know that duets are usually split videos. However, for better understanding let’s dive deeper. 

Duets aren’t recorded or created as they may seem, instead, they start with an original video, which users can create another video as a follow-up or response to it.

Not all TikTokers allow other users to duet with their videos. This means you can only do it if allowed in their preferences. 

Some users may decide to turn off the feature if they want to preserve the essence of their message, if they want to avoid the possibility of getting nasty Duets, or if they just want it to be a standalone piece of content. Also, they may only allow duets with followers that they follow back.

Another limitation is that you can’t remove the sound of the original video, you can only add to it. 

But why would anyone want to remove the original sound? The whole point of a duet on TikTok is to integrate something new and exciting with an existing piece of content. 

How to Duet on TikTok

So, how do you create Duet videos on TikTok? First, you must find a video that you’d like to collaborate with. 

For those who are complete beginners, it’s important that you first know how to properly make a TikTok video.

If you’d like to collaborate with other people, you can search for phrases like”duet this”, “duet with me”, or other similar combinations. 

The results are usually videos where the creator wants you to partner with them.

When you find a video that you know you have something interesting to add to, you can also see if it’s open to Duets.

Once you have found a video that you want to make a TikTok Duet with, simply follow these steps:

  • Click on the Share button on the bottom right of the screen. It’s shaped like a curvy arrow.
  • In the popup window, click on the Duet button. As long as it’s not gray, you’re good to go (sometimes it may be gray and still works, so always click on it if you want to be sure).
  • The next screen will show the original video next to the one from your camera.
  • The next step of the process involves recording your part of the Duet. This is where the fun begins…

Here’s how to add your video to the TikTok Duet:

  • First, choose your layout with the Layout button on the right menu. It can either be the classic side-by-side, a green screen (which displays the video behind you), a reaction (at the corner of the screen), or top & bottom. After you’ve selected, either tap away from the layout options or press the Back button depending on your phone model.
  • Click the red Record button to start recording your reaction.
  • When you’re done, you can add filters and effects.
  • After that, click the V.
  • On this screen, you can include a voiceover, text, stickers, and even other effects.
  • Click on Next again.
  • On the last screen, you can set your preferred caption, hashtags, and post. It will automatically add the handle of the person you created the Duet with.
  • In case you don’t like what you recorded, you can always try it again.

How to Do a Duet on TikTok With Yourself

You can also make a Duet on TikTok with only yourself. To do this, you have to select a video from your profile and follow the same steps we outlined above. 

Nevertheless, the original video you’ll be integrating a new video with doesn’t have to be fully published.

The first half of your Duet could be something you don’t want to share with people. Sometimes, it’s not interesting enough on its own or it’s odd without the other half of the Duet.

In that case, simply go through the following steps first to properly create a private video:

  • Click on the + button to create a new video.
  • Go through all the steps—such as effects, adding filters, stickers, etc.— keep editing until you are satisfied with the results.
  • On the last screen, before posting your video, change the settings for who can see the video to Only Me.
  • Ensure that you also enable Duets.
  • Post the video.
  • Now, to create your Duet with yourself, you will use your private video as the first half.

To start the Duet with yourself using this video, follow these steps:

  • Go to your profile, navigate to the private videos tab and open the video you want to Duet.
  • Click on the three dots on the right side of the screen, which opens a pop-up.
  • Click on Duet, and follow the steps for creating a regular Duet.

Why should you duet on TikTok?

There are many interesting features on TikTok you should try out, like Stitching another TikTok video and TikTok Q&A that lets people ask you questions. 

Still, what makes the Duet unique? 

The unique feature of TikTok is purely artistic. As we’ve discussed earlier, you can react to a video with your own opinion or from a different point of view.

You can also sing along to other singers (even popular ones), experiment with challenges, dance alongside other TikTokers, or create a whole new interpretation. 

Some TikTokers use it as a way to collaborate with people they know, while they don’t have to be in the same place.

Creating a TikTok Duet with yourself can provide several opportunities to innovate and create viral videos. 

You can even create a dance routine with only two characters performed by just one or harmonize with yourself.

Another important reason for you to Duet on TikTok is the opportunity to gain new followers and more exposure. 

If the original video you created as a duet is doing well, you could get the opportunity to show up in front of a new audience.

On the other side of this advantage, you may create a video that other people would like to Duet with, by suggesting challenges or just adding it in the captions. 

When others try to Duet with you, your username will be included in their caption, which can pull in more traffic to your profile.


The bottom line

With every TikTok video you make, there’s a chance for your video to go viral. Although, even if you choose the most popular video on TikTok to Duet with, and do your best, it may not go viral. 

However, in other cases, the most simple Duets, like a person watching a video, can gain a million views.

What does this interpret?

The more you experiment with video making (Duets especially), the higher your chances of success. Also, you can improve by just watching other TikTokers’ Duets and learn what works.