TikTok is the biggest social media platform in the world; it’s got more traffic than Google. The popular app has everything from lip sync videos to B2B content and is an important part of modern SMM.
One of TikTok’s most popular features is its long list of filters. But what if you later decide you want to use your TikTok video for something else, or want to save it without the applied filters?
That’s what we’re going to cover today. We’ll break down 2 easy ways to remove TikTok filters from videos, answering related questions along the way.
What are TikTok filters?
TikTok filters and effects work the same way as filters on other social media apps and platforms.
They alter the appearance of your video by adjusting colors, lighting, and other aspects of the video… Or by overlaying an effect – AR characters, text, graphics, etc.
TikTok filters can make content feel more “native” to the platform. They can also help optimise content for mobile phone screens or make it easier and more fun to watch. Here are a couple of filters that do just that.
This effect lets you replace the background of your video so you can create the perfect background for your content.
This filter does exactly what it says—it stays zoomed in and focused on your face while you film.
Note: this is one of the most popular TikTok filters out today. Using it makes content feel more “native”, which is important if you’re using the platform for marketing. Many top TikTok videos feature this exact filter!
Why would you want to remove a filter from a TikTok?
So why would you want to get rid of a filter after posting a TikTok?
1. You’re repurposing or editing old content. You might want the video itself, but not whatever filter or effect you used along with it. Maybe you want to post it again with a new filter, or on another platform entirely; TikTok filters look weird on, say, LinkedIn or YouTube!
2. Maybe you accidentally used the wrong filter, or changed your mind and want to use a different one instead.
3. You want the original recording for any reason. For example, you had someone else edit and upload your old content – and now you want access to the original recording.
Unfortunately, removing filters from TikToks can get a little tricky. Here are two easy ways to do it.
We’ll break down two methods for how you can go about doing it, and then answer a few follow-up questions you might have.
How to remove filters while recording a TikTok video
Here’s how you can remove filters from a TikTok video before posting it.
Step 1 – Record
Record a TikTok video.
Step 2 – Find a filter
Find the “filter” option on the right-hand side and tap it.
Step 3 – Turn the filter off
Choose the “Portrait” tab and the “Normal” option under it.
Step 4 – Remove effects
Go back to the editing page; tap “Effects” and the “None” option.
Step 5 – Remove beautification
Go back to the editing page; tap “Beautify” and set all values to 0 (if applicable).
Step 6 – Remove makeup
Now click on “Makeup” and set all values to 0 (if applicable).
Step 7 – Publish
Record or publish your video; it won’t have any filters!
How to remove filters while creating a TikTok video
Yes, you can create a TikTok without a filter. In fact, plenty of people do upload TikToks without using any effects at all.
To do this, just record a TikTok like normal and don’t add any filters and effects. You can check to make sure there aren’t any added by default or accident by:
Step 1 – Choose filter
Tapping Filters or Effects on the right-hand menu.
Step 2 – Remove filter
Tapping the Remove symbol.
Step 3 – Publish
Post your TikTok without anything extra!
How to remove filters from TikTok drafts
Note: You can only remove filters from TikToks before they are posted. This is because when TikTok uploads your content, it combines the layers of your video and the filters and effects you’ve used, so they’re no longer able to be separated.
Here are the steps to remove a filter from a TikTok draft:
Step 1 – Go to profile
Tap on your profile icon in the bottom right corner.
Step 2 – Go to “drafts”
Your drafts will be marked with the word “drafts” overlayed on them. Find the one you want to change and select it.
Step 3 – Choose filters and effects
On the menu on the right side, select either Filters or Effects.
Step 4 – Remove
To remove any filters you have added, tap the Remove symbol.
Step 5 – Save or upload
Either save the draft or upload to your page!
Hopefully, this guide cleared up the confusion around how to remove TikTok filters from videos. Simply follow the steps we outlined above and you’ll be removing filters from your TikToks like a pro.
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Frequently asked questions
Can you remove TikTok filters from another user’s video?
Unfortunately, there is no way to remove a filter from someone else’s TikTok video.
There are quite a few scam sites and apps that claim to be able to do this, but you should avoid using any of these. TikTok only allows you to remove filters and effects from your own content.
Can you remove the Rotoscope filter?
As mentioned above, you cannot remove the Rotoscope filter from a TikTok that’s not your own. However, you can certainly remove it from your own TikToks as long as they are saved as drafts and not yet uploaded to the platform.
Simply follow the steps outlined above to remove the Rotoscope filter.
Can you remove emojis from a TikTok video?
Yes! The instructions on this page apply to emoji removal as well as filter removal. Use them to remove emojis, including TikTok’s hidden emojis.