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How to create an app like TikTok WITHOUT CODING?

Debarpita Banerjee Published on : 25 August 2023

Do you want to create an app like TikTok, but are not well-versed with coding and app development? Then, this blog is for you! 

If you are a short video creator, you MUST have heard of TikTok. An app that was launched in 2017, became the most downloaded app worldwide in 2022, just five years after its inception! This feat has come after being banned from one of the largest short video markets in the world, India.  

Hence, TikTok is clearly ruling the global short video market, and there is hardly any other app that has gone even close to beating it yet. And that’s where lies the biggest opportunity! If you can hit the right chords by developing the right app, you can probably capture this short video market very easily. 

But for that, you will have to first analyze the biggest pros of TikTok, that make it what it is. After that, you need to develop an app that is cost-effective, easy to use, covers all the plus points of TikTok, and delivers something extra, that TikTok fails to offer. 

In this blog, we will guide you through this entire process, and tell you how you can create an app like TikTok without writing a single line of code! So, let’s begin. 

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a short video sharing platform where you can share videos (usually short but can be up to 10 minutes long) with your followers (in case of private accounts) and other TikTok users (in case of public accounts). 

TikTok is immensely popular across the globe, and its popularity can be testified using the number of users it has worldwide. Back in 2018, when it was relatively new, it had around 347.1 million users worldwide. But by the end of 2022, it has crossed 1,719 million users. In 2023, it is nearing the 2 billion mark. By 2027, it is expected to reach 2.2 billion users. 

And please mark that here we are referring to active users only. There are many more who downloaded the platform but stopped using it after some time. We are not counting them here.

number of tiktok users worldwide for 2018 to 2027

Such tremendous popularity and an immense number of users have made it one of the most downloaded mobile applications worldwide. It crossed the 3 billion download mark back in 2021. In fact, for the year 2022, it was THE most downloaded mobile app, with a total download of 672 million in a single year. 

leading mobile apps worldwide in 2022 by downloads

How It Started?

In 2017, Beijing-based technology company ByteDance launched TikTok as an international version of the already popular Chinese video-sharing platform Douyin. In the first year, it was running well (but not in the way it runs today). 

In November 2017, ByteDance acquired Musical.ly, another popular short-video-sharing platform that was particularly famous for its lip-sync videos, and merged it with TikTok in 2018. After this merger, TikTok’s popularity started skyrocketing, and it never looked back!

Why Is It So Popular?

So, now the question comes, why is TikTok so popular? Logically speaking, TikTok mainly hosts user-generated videos, which might not be of any value at times. But still, it is THE most popular video-sharing app worldwide. WHY is it so?

Actually, the popularity of TikTok can be dissected into two different theories: The first being the users themselves, and the second being the platform features. Let’s start with the users first. 

The popularity of TikTok tells us the following things:

  1. Video consumers nowadays prefer using mobile phones more than laptops or desktops. So, an app that is specifically designed for mobile users always wins. 
  2. Internet users nowadays have a shorter attention span. They prefer videos of a few seconds over content spanning several minutes. 
  3. Even user-generated content can sometimes add immense value and be of great quality.
  4. Shorter stories are often more engaging than detailed ones, and users prefer to like them more and find them fresh and non-repetitive. 

TikTok successfully managed to tick all four boxes and hence became a favorite platform for users. But there were some features that helped grow its popularity. Let’s now talk about its features.   

What Are Its Key Features?

Now the features of TikTok can be divided into two categories:

  • Basic features
  • Advanced features

Let’s start with the basics first. 

Basic Features

These features of TikTok let users create videos, add filters, and upload them. In short, these are the most essential features that are needed for the platform’s basic operations. 

Video Uploading

Using this feature, TikTok users can upload their videos. There are basically two options here. The users can either create their own videos on the platform itself, or they can upload them from their mobile storage. In the case of uploaded videos, the maximum length can be 10 minutes, but for created videos, it can be up to three minutes. The minimum length of the videos is 15 seconds. 

Video Editing

The users can edit the uploaded videos before publishing them. They can crop, rotate, flip, and increase or decrease the playback speed. 

Lip-Sync With A Song

The users can choose a song to lip-sync. They can create a video in the app where they dance or act to this song. 

Multiple Filters and Video Effects

TikTok is known for offering a large library of amazing video filters. Also, you can add multiple effects to your short videos to make them more eye-catching. 

Likes and Comments

Your followers and viewers can like your TikTok video and comment on it. 

Follow

TikTok lets you follow other people on the platform. The followers can view your videos and like and comment on them. 

Notifications

You get notified when someone likes or comments on your videos, or requests to follow you. 

Advanced Features

These are those special extra features that make TikTok stand out amongst the crowd. 

Social Sharing

TikTok lets you share your videos over other social media platforms using their social sharing feature. 

Duets

This feature allows users to lip-sync on a single song with any other TikTok user across the globe. 

Live Streaming

TikTok lets you stream live videos. You can even earn from your live streams via virtual gifts. 

Geolocation

This feature lets you stream your videos to your nearby locations only. 

Real-Time Analytics

The users can check the performance of their videos in real-time. 

Things To Know Before Developing Your TikTok

Before starting to develop your own TikTok-like platform, you must think about the following points. 

Who Are Your Target Audiences?

What type of audience are you catering to? Are they teenagers, students, housewives, senior citizens, or all types of people in general? Depending on your answer, you will have to develop a platform that suits your audience. 

What is Your Timeline?

How many days do you have in your hand? If you have enough time (and by enough, we mean around a year, or even more), then only you can attempt to develop your platform from scratch. Otherwise, it is advisable to use a no-code add builder. In any case, the better you get to the market, the more your chances of success. 

What Type of Monetization Models Do You Want to Use?

Do you want to monetize the videos? If yes, then how? There can be many types of monetization. Including subscription, ad-supported subscription, pay-per-view, and ad-based streaming. But according to our opinion, ad-based streaming would be most apt for these types of applications. 

Steps to Create an App Like TikTok Without Coding

Now coming to the primary question of this blog, how can you create an app like TikTok very easily, without coding, in a very short time? 

Well, the easiest way is to use a no-code platform like Muvi One. Muvi One is one of the best no-code video streaming platform development platforms, which is packed with 100+ industry-leading features. Recently, they have launched a brand-new sub-product called Muvi Minis, which specifically focuses on developing short-video platforms like TikTok. 

So, to create TikTok using Muvi Minis, you need to follow the steps given below. 

Step 1 – Sign Up With Muvi One

In the first step, you will have to sign up with Muvi One by clicking on the Sign Up link. As soon as you sign up, your 14-day free trial will start. So, you can now log in to your CMS dashboard. 

Muvi One CMS Login

Step 2 – Enable Muvi Minis

After logging in to your dashboard, go to the “Content Management” section and enter the “Content Settings”.

In “Content Settings”, click on “Advanced”. The following screen will appear.

Advanced content settings

Here, go to the “User Generated Contents” section, and enable it. Also, you will get another option in “Mini” or Muvi Minis, so enable it too!

After enabling these two, enable the “Content Review Workflow” too, so that you can review the short videos uploaded by your users before they go live over the platform. 

Step 3 – Choose The App

Now, go to the apps section, and click on Android or iOS (whichever you want to build). 

Fill out the app request form, and submit it.  

For the Android app, you will get the app SDK within just a few minutes of submitting the app form using the “Try App” feature. 

App dashboard

Step 4 – Design the Frontend

Go to the App Templates, and choose a design template. Below the template, you will get a “Customize” button, which will take you to the mobile visual designer. You can customize your app banner, logo, and other design elements from the mobile VD. 

How Will It Feel To Your Users?

When your users log in to your created short video app, they will be able to see a “Plus” button at the bottom center of the home screen. So, when they click on the “Plus” button, they will get a content form where they can add their short video content. They can also trim and edit the videos before uploading them. 

 

You can view all the short video content uploaded by your viewers in the content library. You can review those videos and approve or reject them. 

Also, you can add comments on the content, if you want to tell your user why you rejected the content. 

Why Muvi Minis?

Muvi Minis gives you an edge over your competitors because of the following reasons:

  • You get your app within minutes, that is the fastest way to create an app like TikTok. 
  • You can take control of the content being published by your viewers. You can reject or delete any unsuitable content. 
  • With Muvi Minis, you get access to 100+ industry-leading features of Muvi One, including multi-DRM security, geo-blocking, real-time analytics, multiple monetization options, live chat and likes, social media sharing, and even live streaming. Hence in a way, you get everything you need to compete with giants like TikTok. 
  • Our team keeps working on regular feature updates to add new and trending features. 
  • You get 24×7 support, whenever you need help. 

 

To Sum Up

TikTok has already crossed 3 billion downloads and is moving fast towards the 2 billion active user mark. This proves that the short video market is probably the most thriving video streaming market currently. 

You can capture this market easily by creating your own short-video streaming app like TikTok, using Muvi Minis. You don’t need to write a single line of code. Enjoy the complete built-in infrastructure with multiple features out of the box. Sign up to start your 14-day free trial today! 

FAQs

Can I really create an app like TikTok without any coding experience?

Yes, you can create an app like TikTok using Muvi Minis very easily. You won’t have to write a single line of code! 

Is it possible to scale and update my app as it gains popularity?

Yes, due to built-in CDN, multiple payment gateways, and monetization models, apps built using Muvi Minis are perfectly scalable. 

How can I ensure the security of user data within my app?

Muvi Minis is packed with multiple security features that ensure the security of all types of data, including your content and user data, available within your app database. 

Can I update and improve my app over time?

Yes, you can either improve your app yourself, add new features, or request our support team to do so on your behalf. 

Do I need any technical expertise to use Muvi Minis for app development?

No, you won’t need any technical expertise. You just need to fill out some forms, add content, and customize the design of your app. There is no need for any coding or other technical work.

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Written by: Debarpita Banerjee

Debarpita is a Content Writer with Muvi. With around 2 years of experience in content creation, she has worked across industries like SaaS, EdTech, eLearning, AR-VR, and Metaverse. She believes in delivering content that can be of some value to the readers. In her free time, she likes to try her hand at website and app development.

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