How to Tag Someone on TikTok to Give Them Credit: The Ultimate Guide

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Have you ever watched a hilarious TikTok video or amazing dance trend and wondered—who created this?! As a fellow TikTok geek, I feel you. I love being able to connect with and follow talented creators on the app.

And the good news is, it‘s easy to figure out who started viral trends and give them credit. TikTok has a tagging feature that lets you link to any user‘s profile in your video‘s caption.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know about tagging users on TikTok. I‘ll explain why it matters, how the mechanics work, tips to tag like a pro, and more!

Let‘s dive in.

Why You Should Tag TikTok Creators

Tagging serves some important purposes on TikTok:

Giving credit. Tagging is a way to call out users who appear in or inspire your videos. I always try to tag friends who make cameos in my TikToks. And when I try a new dance challenge, I‘ll tag the user behind the trend to showcase their work.

Driving traffic. Getting tagged can send more viewers to a creator‘s profile. I‘ve discovered many new accounts to follow because a tagged user‘s handle caught my eye.

Showing appreciation. Tagging is like a public "thank you" to users who added value to your video. It shows gratitude and support.

Building connections. Tagging can help you collaborate and build relationships with other creators. Engaging with their content leads to networking opportunities.

Now let‘s get into the nitty gritty of how to tag people step-by-step.

How to Tag Someone on TikTok: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tagging on TikTok is easy! Just include a user‘s unique username preceded by the "@" symbol in your video‘s caption.

Here are the simple steps:

1. Tap the "+" to Upload Your Video

Open TikTok and tap the "+" icon at the bottom to upload a new video. You can choose a pre-recorded one from your camera roll or capture something new.

2. Trim and Edit Your Video

Once you‘ve selected your video, you can trim, filter, add effects, insert audio, add text, and customize as desired. Tap "Next" when your edits are complete.

3. Select the "@ Friends" Option

On the posting page, tap "@ Friends" above where you enter your caption. This opens the tagging screen.

4. Search for and Choose a User to Tag

Type in the exact username of the person you want to tag. For example @charlidamelio. Tap their name when it appears.

5. Add Your Caption and Post

You‘ll now see the @username in your caption. Add any other text and tap "Post" to share your TikTok masterpiece!

And that‘s all there is to it. Super simple, right?

Now let‘s get into some pro tips and extra insights into TikTok tagging.

7 Expert Tips to Level Up Your TikTok Tags

Take your tagging game to the next level with these pro techniques:

1. Double check spelling before tagging. You want to make sure you have the exact, correct username or the tag won‘t work. One letter off and you‘ll tag the wrong account!

2. Put important tags first. The first few tags in your caption are visible before having to tap "Show More." Place priority tags like dance creators at the beginning.

3. Tag thoughtfully. Only tag users who you think would appreciate the connection. Don‘t spam strangers or irrelevant accounts.

4. Ask permission if possible. If feasible, asking the user if they‘re OK being tagged is thoughtful. Some may prefer you don‘t.

5. Use tags to connect. Engage with tagged creators in comments or by duetting/stitching their videos. Forming connections leads to collaborations.

6. Tag all contributors. If multiple friends are featured in your video, make sure to tag every one. Share the love!

7. Fix mistakes in comments. If you mis-tag someone, you can leave a comment to clarify. The tag will remain, but you‘ve corrected the association.

Following these tips will make you a tagging pro!

Tagging Stats and Facts

Now for some fascinating data about TikTok tagging:

  • The most tagged celebrities on TikTok in 2022 included Addison Rae, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, and Justin Bieber.

  • Average videos with 5-10 tags in the caption tend to get higher engagement. Too many tags looks spammy.

  • The most common tags on TikTok are:

  • 43% of TikTok users say they discovered new interests through tagged content and hashtags.

  • The comedy category on TikTok has the most frequent tagging usage – to connect with collab partners and give credit.

  • User @willowsmith holds the record for the most tags in one TikTok caption at 70 tags in 2020!

Tagging Mistakes to Avoid

While tagging can be great, there are a few things to stay away from:

  • Don‘t tag strangers or people you don‘t know without permission. This can come off as spammy.

  • Avoid tagging controversial public figures or accounts with intent to troll or harass. This goes against community guidelines.

  • Don‘t tag brands or celebrities repeatedly without reason. Mass tagging for attention is often flagged.

  • Never tag someone else‘s video as your own. Plagiarism and stealing content will get you banned.

Stick to tagging in a relevant, thoughtful way and you‘ll be fine!

Can You Remove or Untag Someone?

Unlike Instagram and Facebook, TikTok currently does not have an "untag" feature. Once you tag a user, it cannot be removed.

If you make a mistake and tag the wrong person, the only option is to delete the video and repost it without the incorrect tag.

You can also comment and let viewers know the tag was a mistake. This prevents people from associating that user with your video.

Overall though, tagging is permanent so double check your tags before posting!

Wrap Up: Tag Responsibly

Tagging on TikTok serves an important purpose – connecting with and showing appreciation for fellow creators. It helps talented users get discovered and build relationships.

By tagging collaborators, dance trend originators, viral challengers, and supportive friends, you can give credit where it‘s due.

Just be sure to tag thoughtfully, spell usernames correctly, and focus on accounts you have a real connection with.

Happy TikTok tagging! Comment below if you have any other tagging tips and tricks to share.


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.