In a nutshell

  • A TikTok filter is a visual effect that enhances the look of your TikToks
  • A TikTok filter is different from a TikTok effect
  • You can’t remove a filter from a TikTok that’s already posted

These days, it’s safe to say that a majority of people on social media have experience using a filter or at least understand what a filter is. All of the biggest platforms feature filters; Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and TikTok. TikTok, in particular, has a great range of filters to fit to your specific tastes. 

Filters are a fun way to add a little flare to your content without going too overboard, and there are plenty of options. But what if you change your mind and want to remove your TikTok filter? How do you remove a TikTok filter from a video?

Let’s take a dive into TikTok filters and how they work.

First, what is a TikTok filter?

A TikTok filter is a visual effect that layers over your TikTok video, thus enhancing the appearance of your video altogether. Now — on TikTok anyways — filters are not to be confused with TikTok effects. TikTok effects are much more transformative in nature. When you’re scrolling through TikTok and see a creator’s face transformed or a greenscreen background, that’s an effect, not a filter. Although, there are a number of effects that act similarly to filters, too. 

Think of a TikTok filter as a way to enhance or alter the color, contrast, brightness and other general enhancements. They are comparable to filters on Instagram.

To access TikTok filters, head to the create screen and find the option for filters in the menu options on the right side of your screen. The filter button looks like three dots in the shape of a triangle. 

How to get to the TikTok filters selection.

From here, you’ll be taken to the current selection of TikTok filters.

What types of filters are there?

When it comes to the selection of TikTok filters, there are four different categories to choose from: Portrait, Landscape, Food and Vibe.

TikTok filters
There are a lot of TikTok filters to choose from.

Really, you can use any of these filters however you want. Portrait filters are great for selfie-style TikToks, but you’ll likely find that any of these filters work for just about anything. If you’re looking for black and white filters or more creative filters, the vibe section has a great selection.

Once you choose your filter, you also have the ability to adjust the strength of the filter on a scale of 0 to 100. If you want a more subtle effect, you can lower the strength, or you can ramp it up to 100 for the full effect.

How to remove a TikTok filter

So, say you change your mind about the filter you’ve selected for your TikTok. How do you remove a TikTok filter from a video? Well, first, it depends on whether you’ve posted your TikTok or not.

Can you remove a filter from a TikTok that’s already posted?

If you already posted your TikTok, unfortunately, you can’t change the filter or make any edits. Sadly, TikTok doesn’t give creators the ability to make any edits to a TikTok once it’s posted.

If you really want to change the filter on a specific TikTok, the only option would be to remove the TikTok from your account and start the editing process all over again. This could work if you just posted the TikTok or it’s only been up for a short amount of time.

How to remove a filter from a TikTok that isn’t posted

If you started a TikTok and haven’t posted it yet, you can make changes if you’re in edit mode or if it’s saved in your drafts.

If you are in the process of editing your TikTok, then changing filters is pretty easy. All you need to do is navigate through the available filters and choose the one you want. You don’t need to remove the filter if you want to change it and choose another one. If you decide you don’t want a filter at all, you can remove it by clicking the no symbol — that’s the circle symbol with a slash. 

How to remove TikTok filters from your videos.

If the TikTok you want to change is in your drafts, the process is essentially the same. Head to your drafts page and click on the TikTok you want to make changes to. From there, you can change your filter or remove it using the same process.

That’s all there is to it 

Some aspects of the editing process on TikTok can be a little complicated, and there are so many options to choose from on the app regarding music, effects and filters. The process of selecting, changing and removing a filter is one of the least complicated editing processes. 

If you’re looking for an easy way to enhance your TikToks, then filters are the way to go.