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Why Does Tiktok Crop My Videos? Solved!

Why Does Tiktok Crop My Videos? Solved!

Are you wondering why does TikTok crop your carefully crafted videos after you upload them to your profile on the platform?

If TikTok crops your videos, this happens when you upload them in a higher aspect ratio or landscape mode. To fix this, open the Camera app on your device, select the 9:16 Aspect ratio, and record the video in portrait mode. If your device’s camera does not support the 9:16 Aspect ratio, use the built-in editing feature to edit your videos. 

In this article, we’ll discuss why does TikTok crop your videos after uploading them and how to prevent this from happening again.

Why do my videos get cropped on TikTok?

Why do my videos get cropped on TikTok?

If TikTok crops your videos after you upload them on the platform, one of the following might be the reason:

Vertical Aspect Ratio 

TikTok uses a vertical aspect ratio of 9:16, different from the standard 16:9 used by most cameras and video editing software.

So, if your video is higher than 9:16, TikTok, the app will crop it to fit its standard vertical aspect ratio. 

The app also supports a 1:1 aspect ratio, but it is not recommended for uploading videos to TikTok. This is because videos in this aspect ratio will not fill the entire screen, resulting in black ratio bars at the bottom and top of the clip.

INFO: Some TikTok video specifications include 1080p x 1920p resolution, MP4 or MOV format, and 30FPS frame rate. The video size should be 72 MB on Android and 287 MB on iOS devices. 

Landscape Mode

TikTok allows you to upload videos in Portrait or Landscape mode. However, when you capture a video in landscape mode and post it on the platform, the content will look cropped with black bars at the top and bottom.   

The Phone Screen Aspect Ratio Is High

If your phone has a high aspect ratio screen, your TikTok videos might look cropped with black bars at the top and bottom.

For instance, iPhone 14 Pro Max screen has an aspect ratio of 19.5:6, so when you upload a video to TikTok, it appears cropped on your device. However, the app will fit the entire screen on other devices.

Corrupted TikTok App Data

TikTok cache data are temporary files the app saves locally on your device to enhance its performance and improve user experience.

But, this data can often become corrupted, affecting the app’s performance and leading it to crop your videos after uploading them.

Outdated TikTok App

TikTok releases new app updates occasionally to ensure a smooth user experience. However, if you’re running an outdated version of the app on your device, it can glitch and may show your videos as cropped. 

How do I fix my TikTok cropping?

How do I fix my TikTok cropping?

If TikTok crops your videos when you post them on your account, here are some quick and easy solutions to get out of this predicament.

Change Camera Settings

The first solution is to change the camera settings from horizontal to vertical aspect ratio and record the video in portrait mode: To do this:

Android:

  • Open “Camera.”
  • Tap the aspect ratio option at the top of the screen.
  • Tap “9:16” and now record the video in portrait mode. 

iOS:

  • Open “Camera.”
  • Tap “Video.”
  • Swipe up near the “Record” button.
  • Tap the aspect ratio.
  • Configure the aspect ratio to 16:9 and record the video in portrait mode.
Setting aspect ratio on iOS device camrra

Now, since the video is in a 16:9 aspect ratio, use the iPhone’s built-in editing feature to set it to the TikTok standard ratio with these steps:

  • Open “Gallery.”
  • Open the video you’ve captured for TikTok.
  • Tap “Edit.”
  • Tap “Crop.”
  • Select the aspect ratio option.
  • Select “Portrait Mode.”
  • Tap “9:16.”
  • Select “Done.”

NOTE: If your device’s screen resolution is higher, you can do nothing to fix the aspect ratio on TikTok. However, check the video on other devices to ensure it fits the entire screen and is not cropped by the app.  

Use Third-Party Editing Tools

Third-party editing tools or apps, like InShot, can also help you edit your TikTok videos and change their aspect ratio to 9:16 before uploading them. For this:

  • Install and open the InShot app.
  • Tap “Video.”
  • Select the video clip and tap “Tick.”
  • Tap “Canvas.”
  • Select “9:16.”
  • Tap “Save.”

Now, post the video on TikTok, and hopefully, it won’t get cropped.

Try Uploading the Video Through the PC

Another solution is to upload the video through the TikTok web version to prevent the app from cropping it. Here’s how:

  • Go to the TikTok website using a browser on your PC.
  • Sign in to your account using a QR code, email, or phone. 
  • Click “Upload.”
  • Drag and drop the video or click “Select File.”
Uploading video through TikTok web
  • Select the video and click “Open.”
  • Add a caption, do the rest of the settings, click “Post,” and verify the fix. 

Clear TikTok Cache Data

Technical faults or glitches due to corrupt TikTok cache data are often the culprit behind your videos getting cropped on the platform.

So, follow these steps to clear the TikTok cache data on your device:

On the TikTok app:

  • Open “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Me/Profile.”
  • Tap the three dots to open “Settings and Privacy.”
  • Select “Free UP Space.”
  • Tap “Clear” next to “Cache.”
  • Tap “Clear.”

iOS:

  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “General.”
  • Tap “iPhone Storage.”
  • Choose “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Offload App.”
  • Select “Offload App” again.

Android:

  • Open “Settings.”
  • Tap “Apps.”
  • Select “All Apps.”
  • Choose “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Storage.”
  • Tap “Clear Cache.”

INFO: Restart your device to resolve any minor technical glitches affecting the app’s performance, resulting in cropped or blank TikTok videos.

Update the TikTok App

If TikTok is still cropping your videos, the app might be running on an outdated version. An updated app with new patches can fix technical faults and adds new features to troubleshoot the issue. To do this:

  • Open “Play Store” or App Store.”
  • Search for “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Update.”

Reinstall the TikTok App

If none of the above solutions works, reinstall TikTok to remove any corrupted installation files causing the app to crop your videos. 

  • Tap & hold “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Uninstall.”
  • Select “OK/Uninstall.”
  • Open App Store/Play Store.
  • Search for “TikTok.”
  • Tap “Get” or “Install.”

Conclusion

This article has thoroughly answered why does TikTok crop your videos and explored 6 easy-to-follow solutions to help you resolve the issue without much effort.

Hopefully, you found this information valuable and can now enjoy a seamless video-uploading experience on TikTok.

Author

  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at https://helpfixthat.com/tauqeer-ahmed/