TikTok stories: how do they work and how can I post one?

Many social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, allow you to post stories on your profile.

Now, the feature could be coming to TikTok.

The platform has recently started trialing TikTok Stories, which allow you to upload stories that disappear after 24 hours. The feature follows several new updates to the app, including Duets, Stitch and LIVE, and could become a permanent addition to the platform.

How do TikTok Stories work?

The feature will allow users to share stories that automatically delete after 24 hours. These will be displayed on the left-hand side of the screen, making it easy to share content with users that follow your account. Similarly to Instagram or Facebook, if someone you follow has posted a story a blue ring will appear around their profile picture, which you can tap to view the content.

The update will also allow users to publicly react and comment on stories, which will appear on the story itself. If an account that doesn’t appear on your followers list has commented on a story you’ve posted, you can follow them back by simply tapping the follow icon. You will also be able to see who has viewed the content you’ve uploaded in a separate tab located next to the comments section.

The platform only began trialing the new feature in August in a small number of countries outside the US, so it’s currently only available to users living in countries participating in the pilot scheme. The platform has also not yet confirmed whether the update will be rolled out more widely as a permanent addition to the app, so you may not be able to access the new update straightaway.

How do I post one?

If you have access to the new feature, you can post a story by following the steps below:

  • Tap the camera icon on the navigation bar located on the left side of the screen.
  • Either record a video on the spot or upload one from your camera roll.
  • If you prefer, you can personalise your story using tools such as text, stickers or effects.
  • Tap the Upload icon.

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