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How To Watch TikToks On TV

Written by, Bojana Atanasovska

Updated September, 19, 2022

Although Facebook continues to reign strong as the king of social media, TikTok, which has seen a meteoric rise, is not that far behind.

One of the many reasons why the app is so addictive is because of the thousands of snappy videos most of us just can’t stop scrolling through.  

But, wouldn’t it be better if you could watch them on a bigger screen?

Here’s how to watch TikToks on TV.

Let’s dive in.

Can You Watch TikTok on TV?

Although more than 90% of UK adults use their phones every day and TikTok enjoyed more than enough popularity as a mobile-only app, that didn’t stop the company from making it available on Smart TVs too.

Late last year, TikTok launched the TikTok TV app on Google TV and other Android TV operating system devices, including Samsung Smart TVs and LG Smart TVs, merely three weeks after the company made the app available on Amazon Fire TV in the US and Canada.

Since then, users in North America and Europe can watch TikTok on TV in two ways: They can either download the app on their Smart TV or cast it from their phone. 

Alternatively, you can connect your device to the TV with an HDMI cable.

How To Watch TikTok on Smart TV? (Installing The TikTok App)

The easiest way to scroll through TikTok’s For You page on the big screen is to download the TikTok app directly to your TV.

To get TikTok on your Smart TV:

  1. Go to the ‘Apps’ menu on your TV.
  2. Search for the TikTok app.
  3. Select ‘Install’ and wait for the application to download to your TV.
  4. Launch the TikTok app. 

The app is currently available on the following TVs:

  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Chromecast with Google TV
  • LG Smart TVs (2018 webOS 4.0 and newer models only)
  • Samsung Smart TVs

Seeing your videos on a big screen can be helpful if you’re looking to make it as a TikTok influencer. If you’re trying to grow on the app, you might want to know:

How To Cast TikTok To TV?

If your TV does not support the app, you can always project your screen to your TV

This essentially means that the streaming takes place on your phone, but the video and audio are transferred to your TV. You can mirror your phone, tablet, or computer (Windows and macOS) screen to your TV.

Those that have Chromecast, can stream TikTok to their TV by connecting their phone to a Chromecast device.

To do that:

  1. Go to the ‘Bluetooth and Devices’ menu.
  2. Scroll down to find the ‘Cast’ option.
  3. Select the device you want to connect to.
  4. Enable permissions to mirror your device screen
  5. Launch TikTok on your phone and you can start to watch Tik Tok on TV.

Alternatively, you can cast TikTok videos to a smart TV with the help of screen mirroring apps such as AirBeamTV, APowerMirror, and MirrorMeister. 

They all work similarly, but to give you an example of how you can use these apps, here’s how to stream TikTok videos to your TV via AirBeamTV:

  1. Download the AirBeamTV app on your device.
  2. Open the AirBeamTV app and choose your TV from the list of available devices
  3. Click ‘Start Mirroring’.
  4. Launch the TikTok app on your device and you can begin watching Tik Tok on TV.

Note: The mirroring can only work if both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How To Connect TikTok To TV Using an HDMI Cable?

It might not be the ideal way to watch TikToks on your TV, but connecting your phone, tablet, and even computer to your TV with an HDMI cable is a tried-and-true method that should work regardless of the type of TV or phone you have.

Note that you will need to buy the right cable– one that has an HDMI connector on one end and a USB C, or any type of USB that works with your device.

Once you have it, all you’ll need to do is plug one end into the TV and the other one into your phone/tablet and you’re all set.

Why Isn’t TikTok Connecting To My TV?

If you’re trying to cast TikTok on your Smart TV and it’s not working, then the first thing you should check is whether your TV and the device you’re casting the app to are on the same network.

Mirroring also requires a compatible TV or streaming stick and if you don’t have either, you will not be able to cast the TikTok to your Smart TV.

If you have a smart TV that should support the app but you can’t find it, then it might not still be available in your location. The TikTok TV app is currently available in North America and Europe only.

Bottom Line 

TikTok is available on TV, but it might not be available on yours. The good news is there are other ways to watch TikToks on TV. If you can’t find the app on your Smart TV, you can always use screen mirroring or connect your device with an HDMI cable to the TV.

                           

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

Is TikTok on Smart TV?

The TikTok app is supported by most Smart TV brands including Google TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TVs, and LG Smart TVs(2018 models and up).

How to watch TikToks on TV?

You can watch TikTok on TV by downloading and installing the TikTok app to your TV, cast or mirror it from your device, or connect the two with an HDMI cable.

Bojana is my name and writing is my game. I am a content writer from Bitola who is always interested in the latest research in almost all areas of life. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a perfectionist character, both of which help me find the most accurate data and information available. Although I have my head stuck in studies and reports most of the time, I still have a bit of free time during which I enjoy knitting and watching classic 90’s Disney movies.