TikTok just added a text posting feature — here's how to use it

Now that Twitter (or The first is Threads, an app created by Instagram that allows users to participate in public conversations. Then sites like Spill and Bluesky joined the conversation. Now, it looks like TikTok is officially on board, as the video platform just launched a text posting feature that lets you share your thoughts without having to be in front of a camera.

While TikTok is still primarily a video app, don't rush to think of the platform as a possible Twitter replacement. The new text publishing tool, launched on July 24, gives users more opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas, opinions and hot takes with the community. Text posts can be shared to Feed or Stories and can be customized with a range of different features, including sounds, background colors, stickers, and more. Adding a text option may seem like an odd choice for TikTok, but everyone knows the best part of the app is the comments section, so it's only a matter of time before something like this comes along.

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Whether you're ready to ditch your Twitter account for good or want to test out new features before making the switch, here's an overview of how to post text on TikTok.

How to use text posts on TikTok

It's not always easy to learn how to use new features, but if you know how to make TikTok, making text posts will be a breeze. First, tap the plus button to open the camera. Then, next to the 3-minute, 60-second, and 15-second recording options, select "Text." From here, you can enter your message in the text box and experiment with font selections, colors, and more. Click "Done" when finished.

On the right side of the screen, you'll see a folder icon that lets you save posts in drafts, and a sticker button for adding eye-catching images and interactive content like polls and links. You can even search for GIFs, add emojis, and import photos from your camera roll. Finally, the transparent circle icon can be used to change the color of the background. To find the perfect gradient for your post, click on the icons to filter through green, blue, purple, orange, and black backgrounds. At the top of the page, you can select a song from the Recommended section, or select a song you like from Favorites.

Once the text has been published, select the "Your Story" or "Publish to Feed" button to upload your content. Just like regular TikTok, users can comment, like, or save your text posts. Sure, TikTok's text-posting feature might not be the Twitter replacement you're looking for, but hey — at least you don't have to learn how to use a whole new platform.