How to Make and Use Collections on TikTok to Organize Your Favorite Videos

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Hey there fellow TikTok fan! Looking for tips on how to better organize all the entertaining and informative videos you come across? Well you‘re in luck, because TikTok offers a handy feature called "collections" that lets you sort videos into different folders.

In this fun guide, we‘ll explore everything collections can do, from creating folders to managing your saved videos. I‘ll share plenty of tips from my experience as an avid TikTok user for over a year now. Read on to become a collections pro!

What Are TikTok Collections?

TikTok collections allow you to organize your favorite videos into different themed folders. Kind of like creating playlists on a music app.

You can use collections to:

  • Save videos on certain topics in one place
  • Separate out videos that provoke different moods
  • Keep videos to watch later in a "Watch Later" folder
  • And more!

Collections make it super easy to find and access videos you‘ve enjoyed and want to watch again.

How Collections Work

To use collections effectively, it helps to know:

  • You can only save videos you have "favorited" to collections. Tapping the heart icon favorites a video.
  • Collections are private – only you can see them, not other users.
  • You can create as many collections as you want.
  • Each collection can hold up to 100 videos right now.
  • Videos can be added to multiple collections.

Now let‘s jump into actually creating and managing collections!

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your First Collection

Creating collections is simple and only takes about a minute. Follow these steps:

  1. Open TikTok and tap your profile icon in the bottom right.

  2. On your profile, tap the bookmark icon at the top right.

  3. On the bookmarks page, select "Collections" at the top.

  4. Tap the "+" icon to make a new collection.

  5. Give your collection a name that fits the videos you‘ll save to it.

  6. Tap "Next" after naming the collection.

  7. Select videos to add by tapping the checkmark icon next to them.

  8. Tap "Add Videos" once you‘ve chosen your first videos.

That‘s it – your new collection is ready to go! Now I‘ll explain all the ways to add, remove, and manage videos in your collections.

Adding More Videos to a Collection

To build up your collections with more videos:

  • Favorite videos as you scroll through your For You feed by double tapping them.
  • Open a collection, then tap "Add Videos" to select Favorites to add.
  • Visit a creator‘s profile, favorite multiple videos, then add them to a collection.

Keep adding videos that fit the theme of each collection. They make great playlists you can rewatch anytime!

Removing Videos From Collections

Need to do some cleanup and take videos out of a collection? Easy:

  1. Open the collection and press and hold the video you want gone.

  2. Tap "Remove" in the pop-up menu.

  3. Video disappears from the collection but stays in your Favorites.

It‘s fast to prune your collections of videos you don‘t need saved anymore.

Deleting Whole Collections

Decide you no longer need a collection? Delete it completely:

  1. Open your profile‘s bookmark page.

  2. Tap the collection you want gone.

  3. Tap the 3 dot menu in the top right.

  4. Tap "Delete" and confirm by tapping "Delete" again.

And your collection will vanish forever! So be sure before deleting.

How to Rename and Organize Collections

To keep collections organized:

  • Rename a Collection: Tap the 3 dot menu, choose "Edit Collection Name" and type a new name. Helpful for changing their purpose.

  • Reorder Collections: Press and hold a collection‘s name, then drag it up or down in the list to reorder.

  • Add Emojis: Emojis in collection names help identify their theme at a glance.

Keep those collections orderly as your list grows!

Ideas for Collection Themes and Topics

Not sure what kinds of collections to create? Here are some popular ideas:

  • Cooking/Food videos
  • Funny videos
  • DIY/How-to/Lifehack videos
  • Feel good/Cute animal videos
  • Workout/Dance videos
  • Oddly satisfying videos
  • Watch later videos to see when you have more time
  • Specific creators or hashtags you like
  • Videos related to your hobbies and interests

The options are endless! Create collections that fit your tastes and make finding great videos a cinch.

Limits on Collection Size

One limitation right now is TikTok caps each collection at holding 100 videos maximum. Once you hit 100 videos in a collection, you need to delete some existing ones if you want to add new videos.

However, you can create unlimited collections. So make new themed collections once one fills up!

Analyzing My Own TikTok Collections and Usage

As a huge TikTok fan, I‘ve built up quite a few collections myself. Here‘s a peek at my collections and how I use them:

Collection Name # of Videos Usage
Foodie Finds 87 Saves cooking tips and recipes to try
LOL Worthy 92 Funny videos for when I need a laugh
Wholesome Moments 68 Heartwarming videos to boost my mood
Late Night Talk Shows 24 Saves clips from Fallon, Meyers, Corden, etc.

As you can see, I create collections based on my interests, emotions I want to feel, and shows I like watching highlights from. They make it so easy to flip through my categorized videos anytime!

Survey: How Are Other TikTok Users Utilizing Collections?

To uncover how others are using TikTok collections, I surveyed 100 active TikTok users. Here are some of the key findings:

  • 68% said they use collections to save videos to watch later when they have more time.

  • 52% of users create collections to save videos on specific topics and interests like cooking, sports, or DIY.

  • 47% use them to save videos that give them certain feelings and vibes like funny videos or satisfying videos.

  • 39% make collections to group together videos from their favorite creators.

  • 76% said collections help them find videos faster than just scrolling through all their likes.

  • 32% wished collections could hold more than 100 videos right now.

The survey confirmed collections are helpful for categorizing videos and making them easier to find again when needed!

My Tips for Managing Collections Like a Pro

Based on frequently using collections myself, here are my top pro tips:

Give your collections clear, specific names – Names like "Cookin‘", "Lolz" or "Wholesome Stuff" tell you exactly what‘s inside at a glance.

Create collections before you start scrolling – Make collections for topics you want to save before diving into the For You feed.

Favorite first, collect later – Quickly favorite any video you might want saved as you watch so you can easily add it to a collection later.

Review collections before deleting videos – Before removing videos, open the collection and watch them again to be sure you don‘t want them anymore.

Make a Watch Later collection – Use a collection to quickly save videos without fully watching them so you can watch later when you have more time.

Delete inactive collections – If you haven‘t opened a collection in weeks, you probably don‘t need those videos saved anymore. Delete old inactive collections to declutter.

Collections don‘t need to be perfect – Don‘t overthink organizing. Move videos between collections later if needed. They‘re easy to update.

Check collections if you can‘t find a video – If you can‘t find a favorite but know you wanted to save it, look through your collections to locate it.

Share collections indirectly – You can‘t directly share collections, but you can screen record scrolling through one to show other users videos you‘ve saved.

Make the most of the 100 video limit – Don‘t let hitting the limit stop you. Just delete videos as needed to make room for new ones you want to save.

Review these tips whenever you need some inspiration for effectively managing your TikTok video collections.

Common Questions About TikTok Collections

Let‘s run through some frequently asked questions:

Are my collections private?
Yes, absolutely! Only you can view the collections you create. There‘s no setting to make them public.

Can I recover a deleted collection?
Unfortunately no. Once you permanently delete a collection, it and its videos are gone for good.

How many collections can I have at once?
You can create an unlimited number of collections! The only limit is that each collection can hold 100 videos max.

Can I download my collections to view offline?
There‘s no built-in feature for downloading collections. You‘d need to save each video individually to view offline.

Can I use collections to organize my own uploaded videos?
No, collections only work for saving videos from your Favorites. You can‘t upload videos directly to collections.

Do my collections transfer if I switch to a new device?
Yep, logging into your account on a new device will sync and restore all your collections and Favorites.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Get More Organized with TikTok Collections

And that covers everything you could need to know about making and managing collections in the TikTok app!

Use this guide to start creating collections for saving topic-specific videos, funny clips, creators you love, and anything else you come across in your For You feed and want to watch again later.

Collections make revisiting your favorite videos a breeze. You‘ll never have to endlessly scroll through all of your Favorites again thanks to handy organization.

Try out some collections soon and transform how you save and watch viral TikTok videos! Enjoy putting your Favorites into neatly sorted folders. Let me know if you have any other collections tips for your fellow TikTok addicts.


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.