How to Edit Caption on TikTok (READ This)

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Hey there!

So you just posted an amazing TikTok video but made a mistake in the caption. Bummer! You want to fix it but can‘t find an “edit caption” button. I‘ve been there too.

The good news is – there are a few workaround methods to modify your caption text, even after hitting publish. Stick with me and I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know step-by-step.

Why There‘s No Direct Way to Edit a TikTok Caption

Before we get into the workarounds, let‘s talk about why TikTok doesn‘t allow editing captions after posting.

Unlike Instagram or Facebook, TikTok simply doesn‘t have an "edit" button on published videos. Once your video goes live with a caption, that caption text is permanently locked in place.

There‘s no built-in option to modify or add text to an existing caption. TikTok only allows caption creation during the publishing process.

According to Social Media Today, this limitation is due to how TikTok displays content. Videos auto-play as users are scrolling.

So if captions changed frequently, the viewing experience would feel disjointed. Static captions keep the feed cohesive.

While that explanation makes sense, the inability to edit captions can still be frustrating! Especially if you notice a mistake after publishing or want to add a detail to help the video rank better.

But don‘t stress. The TikTok gurus of the world have some clever solutions.

What You Can Edit Before Posting on TikTok

Before we get into post-publishing workarounds, let‘s go over what editing features TikTok does offer during the video creation process:

Add Special Effects

Make sure to use any text effects, AR effects, filters, or trending effects when crafting your video. TikTok has a powerful creative toolkit – take advantage of it!

Once published, you can‘t append new visual effects. Get it right before posting.

Save as a Draft

This tip might seem obvious but it‘s worth calling out – always save your video as a draft before publishing!

Drafts let you quickly re-edit any part of the video, including the caption. According to Oberlo, saving drafts gives creators more flexibility.

So before hastily posting, save it as a draft first.

Delete and Re-create

If needed, you can easily delete a published video from your profile and start fresh. According to Influencer Marketing Hub, it only takes a couple quick taps.

Re-creating a video from scratch allows full control over caption text.

Ok, now that we‘ve covered pre-posting edits, let‘s get into the good stuff – workarounds to change captions post-publishing!

Method #1: Save and Re-upload the Video

This workaround takes a few more steps but allows you to update caption text without altering the video itself. Here‘s how:

  • Open your TikTok profile page and tap the three-dot menu on the published video.
  • Select “Save video” to download it to your camera roll or device storage.
  • With the video saved, open the TikTok app and tap the "+" icon to create a new video.
  • Select the saved video from your camera roll when prompted.
  • Edit the caption text as needed.
  • Post the video as "new" to your profile.

According to Social Media HQ, this is one of the simplest options to modify your caption after posting. Since the video remains the same, you just have to change the text.

Pro tip: Delete the original video from your profile once you re-upload to avoid duplicates.

Method #2: Save as Draft Before Posting

This method works best when you already have your video created but haven‘t hit publish yet. Here are the steps:

  • Finish creating your TikTok video, including any on-screen text or captions. But rather than posting, select “Save as draft” from the options.
  • The draft will be saved in your profile. Review it, and if you notice any caption errors, don‘t post it yet!
  • Open your drafts folder, select the draft video, and edit the caption as needed.
  • When ready, post the draft video with the modified caption to your profile.

As Social Media Today suggests, saving as a draft gives you more flexibility than posting directly to your feed. You can tweak small things like captions without having to re-do the whole video.

Method #3: Delete and Re-create the Video Entirely

If you need to significantly modify your caption, the nuclear option is to delete the video and re-create it from scratch. Here are the steps:

  • Open your TikTok profile and locate the published video you want to delete.
  • Tap the three-dot menu on the video thumbnail and select “Delete” to remove it.
  • Open the TikTok camera and re-create your awesome video, this time adding the new improved caption.
  • Post the re-created video to your profile.

As SocialBro explains, this method ensures you have full control over caption text, since you‘re producing the whole video again. But it does require more effort.

Only use this method if you need major caption changes. For small edits, save and re-upload instead.

Pro Tip: Use Captions to Boost Views

Here’s an insider expert tip for you: strategically use long form captions to increase video views.

How? Well, according to Later, captions over 140 characters get truncated on the video page, forcing viewers to tap “see more”. This signals higher engagement to TikTok‘s algorithm.

So use descriptive captions and strategic line breaks to encourage "see more" clicks and rank better on TikTok‘s For You feed. Clever, right?

Common Questions About Editing TikTok Captions

You‘ve probably got a few lingering questions about modifying captions on TikTok. Here are answers to some common FAQs:

Will TikTok ever add an official "edit caption" feature?

Maybe! TikTok frequently rolls out new capabilities as the app evolves. For example, they recently added video editing.

The ability to edit existing captions could come in a future update. But for now, workarounds it is!

Can I edit a caption using TikTok‘s website?

Unfortunately, no. You can’t upload or edit videos at all on the TikTok website. Any editing must happen directly in the mobile app.

What about viewing my captions drafts on a PC?

Nope, caption drafts can only be accessed on mobile currently.

TikTok‘s desktop experience is limited. So drafts and publishing stay within the mobile app ecosystem.

Key Takeaways

Phew, we covered a lot of ground! Here are the key points to remember:

  • TikTok doesn‘t have a built-in "edit caption" feature after posting. Captions get locked in.

  • Take advantage of effects, drafts, and deleting to perfect your video pre-publishing.

  • Use workarounds like re-uploading or re-creating to modify captions after posting.

  • Strategically use long captions to increase engagement.

  • FAQs: No caption editing on desktop, but maybe someday!

I hope these tips help you finesse your TikTok captions like a pro. Just get creative within TikTok‘s limitations and you‘ll be raking in more views and followers.

Now get out there and keep making awesome videos!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.