Imagine spending the day filming the perfect piece of content for TikTok, and then uploading it to the platform only to find out that the picture quality is bad.

Although often caused by outdated cameras with very weak specs, there are actually some other reasons that might be causing your camera quality to be poor.

Luckily, we have some methods to help. If you’re wondering why your TikTok camera quality is bad, here are some simple solutions to help.

Why Is My TikTok Camera Quality Bad?

The most likely reason your TikTok quality is low is that you are not uploading the video in high definition. Make sure the ‘Upload HD‘ setting is switched ON as it will be set to off by default. Additionally, record your TikTok video using the back-facing camera as front-facing cameras come with a lower resolution.

Some other reasons why your TikTok camera quality is bad: 

  • Data saving is not disabled
  • Your video is above 1080p
  • You are not uploading the video from your camera roll

To learn how to increase the quality of your TikTok videos we have listed five solutions below.

1. Upload your videos in HD

If your TikTok videos are constantly in low quality, the first thing to do is ensure that you are uploading them in HD by following these steps:

  • Open the TikTok app and press the (+) button to create a video
  • Either record or upload your video
  • Apply your edits and then press next
  • Tap on ‘More options‘ at the bottom 
  • Toggle ‘Upload HD‘ to on

Uploading in HD is usually set to OFF by default but once enabled it will stay on, meaning you will not need to reapply these steps each time you upload a video.

upload video as hd on tiktok app

2. Disable the Data Saver feature

Are your TikTok videos blurry? Well, disabling the Data Saver feature can fix this. Here are the steps to disable the Data Saver:

  • Open the TikTok app and navigate to ‘Profile‘ in the bottom right
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the top right corner of your profile
  • Scroll down to ‘Data Saver
  • Make sure ‘Data Saver‘ is toggled OFF

This trick will also mean you will be able to watch videos in the highest quality.

3. Record using the back-facing camera

rear camera on iphone

Typically, you will film videos using the front selfie camera as it means you can see the screen whilst filming. However, this comes with consequences.

Front-facing cameras capture lower resolution video when compared to the back-facing camera, otherwise known as the ‘rear-facing camera’. For example, modern iPhones come with 12 megapixels on the rear-facing camera while the front camera only has 7.

The difference will allow the rear-facing camera to capture slightly more detail than the front-facing camera would be able to provide.

If you want to produce a high-quality TikTok video then it’s always worth getting someone else to record for you or investing in a Tripod instead of taking the video yourself.

4. Adjust your video quality to 1080p 

When shooting in HD, most cameras and modern phones can record in 4K. Unfortunately, TikTok does not support videos that are over 1080p. That means the highest video resolution uploads are 1080p, and anything above that will be automatically scaled down to 1080p.

We have discovered that during the process of TikTok automatically scaling down your video resolution, the quality can also decline dramatically. 

One clever way to resolve this is to make sure your video is recorded in 1080p, or to make sure you change your video quality to 1080p before uploading

You can use free editing apps like InShot to change the video quality.

5. Share the video from your camera roll 

Another clever method that some users have reported fixing the bad video quality on TikTok is by uploading the video directly from your camera roll. 

data saver mode
  • Go to your camera roll
  • Select the video you want to upload and tap the ‘Share‘ button
  • Find and select ‘TikTok’ in the options 
  • Once selected, the TikTok app should open and you will be able to edit and upload the video as you would normally.

6. Use Video Enhance

After you’ve finished recording your video and before you hit publish, there will be an option on the right-hand side of the screen labeled ‘Enhance‘. 

Select this option as it will automatically colour correct your video and balance out the light resulting in a better quality looking video. You should select this option instead of applying filters as filters tend to lower the quality of a video and make them particularly grainy.

the tiktok app on phone
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Why Is My TikTok Camera Quality Bad? The Conclusion

For the best results, it’s always important to ensure your TikTok videos are of the highest quality as this will increase user screen-time leading to better engagement and more views on your content.

We hope this guide has helped you understand the different ways to increase your video quality. Now you can head out and start creating better quality content!

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Spark Wit

Over 10 years of experience working as a technical support engineer. Highly skilled in fixing any technical issue, including app configuration and account setup, gaming errors, television problems, and any other electronics-related issue.

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