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How to Remove a TikTok Filter on Other People’s Videos?

Written by, Bojana Atanasovska

Updated September, 22, 2022

Platforms like TikTok and Instagram rose to success, in part, on libraries of filters designed to flatter the creator’s appearance. These days, that trend is moving backwards.

But is it possible to remove them once applied to a video?

To find out how to remove a TikTok filter on other people’s videos, read on.

What Are TikTok Filters?

TikTok filters are visuals elements that can add visual enhancement, alter your appearance, and change the colors of your videos.

Traditional filters on the app, which you can find on the top-right side of the screen, are divided into 4 categories:

  • Portrait
  • Food
  • Vide

TikTok also has Effects that scatter across more than a dozen categories, which you can find on the bottom-left side of the Creative Mode screen.

Some of the categories include Green Screen, Interactive, Animals, and Music and each category can have anywhere from 50 to hundreds of effects. 

How To Remove Filter From Other’s TikTok Videos

The short answer is: You can’t. 

No user can remove a filter from TikTok videos that do not belong to them. 

With 17 million monthly active users in the UK only, rolling out a feature that allows anyone to remove a filter from someone else’s video wouldn’t win TikTok any popularity points. 

You can still download the video and make changes to it, but you’ll need some advanced editing skills to be able to make the filter less visible.

However, even if you’re more tech-savvy than many, you still won’t be able to take off a TikTok filter from a video

How To Remove Filters From Your TikTok Videos

Removing TikTok filters on your video can only be done while you’re recording and editing.

Whether it’s a video in your drafts folder, a video you’ve saved on your phone, or a video you’ve published, you can’t remove a TikTok filter or effect that’s already in the video. The only thing you can do is add more filters or effects on top if it.

 That’s because any filters and effects that a video has are already ‘baked into’ it and are not saved as a separate layer or in metadata.

This means that they are a permanent part of the video and as such, cannot be edited out.

To remove filters on TikTok while editing your videos: 

  1. In the TikTok app, tap the Plus icon at the bottom of the screen to start recording a new video.
  2. On the right side of the screen, tap Filters.
  3. Tap on the icon on the far left that’s right above the Filters selection.

If you want to remove an effect from your video, tap Effects in the bottom left corner of the screen and then, tap the same icon to turn it off.

Tip: Creators who want to record videos with any filters should check if the Retouch icon at the top has a red checkmark. If it does, tap to deselect it and turn the Beauty mode off.

How To Hide Filters From Your List?

Since there are many filters available on the app, choosing which filters you want to see when you open the Filter tab can come in handy if you typically use only a few to create your videos.

To modify your list of filters:

  1. Launch the TikTok app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the Plus icon.
  3. Tap Filters on the right side of the screen.
  4. Swipe left and tap ‘Manage’.
  5. Tap on the filters that you want to add or remove by tapping on them.
  6. Filters that you leave checked will remain on your list.

You can edit your list of filters at any time.

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering how to remove a TikTok filter on other people’s videos, the answer is: You can’t. On TikTok, the only video you can remove filters from is those that you’re still recording and editing. That means you can only take off filters from your videos and only before you’ve saved them.

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.