The ultimate guide to voice overs on TikTok

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in VoiceOver on September 27, 2022
Are you interested in checking out the ultimate guide to voice overs on TikTok? Here are a couple of tricks that will allow you to make incredible videos.

    Are you interested in making the best TikTok videos? Here is the complete guide that will give you everything you need to know. Even if you are making your first TikTok video, these tricks will allow you to shine.

    Different types of voice overs available

    TikTok videos are focused on short content with a clear point. And in the majority of cases, there is an audio recording following the video. There are a couple of different ways to approach voice-overs on this social media platform.

    One of the most popular methods is using text-to-speech software. In this case, you will write a message, and the app will read it out for you. This means that you won’t need to record the dialog yourself, and while it is still an option, it is not the most popular one.

    TikTok users also go for other people’s sounds, background music, voice filters, lip sync, and many others.

    Reasons to use a voiceover

    The main reason why you would want to use a voiceover is simplicity. When recording on your own, you need to invest a lot of time in the process. Additionally, you will need equipment, and this means that you can’t make a short TikTok in a few minutes.

    At the same time, using voiceovers gives you plenty of options when making content. You can experiment with various songs, lip sync, narrations, voiceovers, dances, and so on. And that’s just the beginning. With text-to-speech tools, you can do so much more.

    Step-by-step guide to make a voiceover on TikTok

    If all of this sounds exciting to you, you probably want to know how to do it yourself. And fortunately, there are a couple of ways to approach the situation. In the majority of cases, the method you choose will be based on the type of content you are making.

    And it means that all of these options can be viable for your TikTok account. It’s up to you to choose which one suits your style the best. This tutorial will give you all the details you need.

    Self-recorded voiceover

    Using the TikTok app is not that difficult. And while it might seem overwhelming to inexperienced TikTokers, the process is quite simple. The first thing you will need to do is tap on the video button at the bottom of the screen.

    The next thing to do is upload the new video as you usually do, and after that, you can proceed to video editing. Here, you will have the option to adjust the existing sound or do your own voiceover. Select the voiceover, and turn the volume down for added sound.

    Using someone else’s sound

    This is a more common option on TikTok, and there are plenty of different sounds and voices you can use. Once you tap the record button, you will notice that there are two options on the editing page. You can adjust the volume of the original sound and the added sound.

    If you plan on using someone else’s voiceover or sound, there is no need to have your own voiceover. The process is a lot simpler, and all you will need to do is make your own video. As for the videos, you can click on the share button, and there will be a “duet” option.

    Making a duet video means that you will keep the original video on one side, and record your own on the other. The result will be split-screen instead of full-screen, and you can tag the original creator as well.

    Adding voice effects

    There are many filters, stickers, sound effects, transitions, fonts, overlays, and editing tools you can use. To enable this option, you will need to start recording the video. It doesn’t matter whether you go for 15 or 60 seconds versions since effects will work for both options.

    Once the video is ready, and you don’t want to add anything else, you can click on the checkmark at the bottom right corner. And one of the first things you will notice is the effects. The most popular options are chipmunk, baritone, robot, Siri, vibrato, and many others.

    Just choose the one you like the most and hear how it sounds.


    It is not rare to encounter a TikTok video that uses text to speech apps. With this, all you need to do is type in the text, and the app will read it for you. And if you plan on using this feature, you can always go for one of the best apps you can find today – Speechify.

    The app is available for both iPhone iOS and Android (you can find it on the App Store), but you can also use it on your PC. It is able to convert any type of text into voice in just a couple of steps. You can also use it for other content if you prefer listening to audiobooks.

    Furthermore, Speechify gives you the option to use files from Audible, which will come in handy if you want to make your own digital library. And if this is not enough, Speechify also has a built-in OCR allowing you to convert physical pages into audio as well.


    How do you do a good voiceover on TikTok?

    You can always check trending video content and discover hashtags if you are looking for inspiration. But it is always best to be original. Try to create something that is interesting to you, and don’t forget to check out all the filters and voiceovers TikTok has to offer.

    Another option is to start with a template and use the video editor on your mobile phone to create a unique video.

    What are some tips on how to do a voiceover on TikTok?

    Using apps such as Speechify will give you a chance to explore text-to-speech apps in a whole new world. You can easily do a voice-over or narration in just a couple of steps, and with high-quality voices, it will sound amazing.

    How do you get different voiceovers on TikTok?

    Once you record a video, all you need to do is proceed to the editing part, and you should see the voiceover option in the corner. Tap on it, and find the voice-over you like. You can then adjust the volume for the original audio, add effects, and make incredible videos.

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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