As TikTok's parent company ByteDance rushes to find a buyer for the app's U.S. operations by the government imposed deadline of September 15 - several competing apps including Triller, Byte, and the brand new Instagram Reels have quickly shot to the top of the U.S. App Store charts. These apps offer a fundamentally identical experience to TikTok with a few distinct features that allow each of them to stand on their own.
Creators looking to take their videos from TikTok and bring them to a new home will have no trouble getting quickly acquainted with Triller, Byte, and Instagram Reels. There are large new audiences ready to discover your content on all of these apps and sharing some of your best work from TikTok can give viewers a good idea of what to expect from your page before smashing that follow button.
In this article, we'll breakdown the differences between each app and show you how to easily repost any video from TikTok to your account on Instagram Reels, Triller, and Byte with no watermarks.
Facebook launched its new TikTok competitor dubbed "Instagram Reels" on August 5 in the United States just days after the proposed TikTok ban hit the headlines. Reels is not a standalone app but a feature that lives right inside of Instagram alongside Stories and IGTV.
Instagram Reels is arguably the most shameless copycat of the original TikTok app yet and borrows from nearly every single design element found in ByteDance's global phenomenon. This makes Reels feel instantly familiar and TikTok power-users will have no issue easily making the transition.
The biggest (and arguably only) difference between Instagram Reels and TikTok is that Reels posts are limited to 15 seconds each. Creators using Instagram Reels also have access to the entire library of available Instagram filters and effects including the incredible user generated filters that have grown in popularity throughout 2020.
Reels posts appear in the new Reels tab on Instagram profiles and can also be shared to a user's main feed. The Instagram Explore page is the primary destination for finding new posts from people you aren't friends with and acts much like the "For You" page in TikTok. Your own uploads on Reels are downloadable like on TikTok, but videos that feature copyrighted music are automatically muted when downloaded. Reels does not currently allow users to download videos uploaded by other creators.
How to Post a TikTok video on Instagram Reels
- Copy the link to a TikTok you want to repost on Instagram Reels and Paste into the Kapwing Studio Editor
2. Select Export Video and wait for your video to process, then Download your video for Instagram Reels without a watermark
3. Open the Instagram Camera and select Reels, then click the upload button in the bottom left corner.
4. Select the TikTok video from your photo library and select the Checkmark button then press the White Arrow.
5. Add a caption to your Instagram Reels post and select the Share to Reels button to upload your post.
Triller may be new to your homescreen, but this music video making app first launched back in July of 2015 and actually predates TikTok. All of the videos on Triller are divided into two categories: Music Videos and Social. Before uploading anything you'll have to choose which category your post best fits into.
Music videos are the bread and butter of Triller with major acts like DaBaby, Lil Uzi Vert, Chance the Rapper, and Rico Nasty all embracing the platform as a place to share new songs, viral dances, and challenges. The Social Video tab is where you'll find more of the comedy bits, cooking tutorials, and other freeform videos that TikTok is more known for.
One major difference between Triller and TikTok is in the maximum video length. Social videos on Triller can be much longer than the one minute maximum on TikTok. At the time of writing, I was able to record a video well over four minutes long and post to Triller without any issue.
How to Post a TikTok video on Triller
- Copy the link to a TikTok you want to repost on Triller and Paste into the Kapwing Studio Editor
2. Select Export Video and wait for your video to process, then Download your video for Triller without a watermark
3. Open the Triller app and press the "+" icon to start uploading a new video.
4. Select the "Social Video" Category.
5. Select the Camera Roll icon and select the TikTok video you downloaded in Step 1.
6. Select the Next button then select the Share button on the next screen.
7. Add a caption to your video and select Post & Save to share your TikTok video to Triller.
Launched at the beginning of 2020, Byte is the latest short-form video app from Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman. The app changes things up a bit from the 6-second looping videos of Vine and gives creators a maximum of 16 seconds for each post. Currently, the app only offers a handful of additional effects, sounds, and editing tools to layer on top of your videos.
Byte is largely built around the concept of creator communities and wants to position itself as the video destination for groups that don't always find a spot on the For You page. This is clearly demonstrated through the multitude of categories on the app ranging from "cottagecore" to "cosplay" and "weebs". Targeting alt audiences is a smart play that sets Byte apart from nearly every other video app, whether this is enough to capture the attention of TikTok's massive global user base remains to be seen.
How to Post a TikTok video on Byte
- Copy the link to a TikTok you want to repost on Byte and Paste into the Kapwing Studio Editor
2. Select Export Video and wait for your video to process, then Download your video for Byte without a watermark
3. Open the Byte app and select the Circular Button in the center of the screen.
4. Press the Photo Icon and select the TikTok video you downloaded in Step 1.
5. Select the White Arrow in the top right of the screen then click the Next button on the following screen.
6. Add a caption to your video and select the Post button to share your TikTok video to Byte.
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