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How to Duet on TikTok With Sound

Are you looking to duet on TikTok with sound but the video is not recording it?

Many TikTok users encounter this issue, so you’re not alone.

Unfortunately, some devices do not have certain features (e.g. react).

Hence, not everyone is able to duet with sound.

If that’s the case, you’ll have to make do with other features you have on your device if you want to duet with sound.

This guide teaches you how you can use certain features on TikTok to duet with sound.

Let’s get right into it.

How to Duet on TikTok With Sound

To duet on TikTok with sound, you can either enable the microphone icon on the right-hand side of your screen, use voiceover, or use the ‘React’ feature instead of ‘Duet’.

To duet with sound, you can either enable the microphone icon on the right-hand side of your screen, use the voice-over feature, or use the ‘React’ feature instead of ‘Duet’.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this.

But first, make sure that you allowed TikTok to access your microphone.

Allow TikTok to access your microphone

Before I get into the methods, make sure that you’ve allowed TikTok to access you microphone.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to record your own voice/sound.

To allow TikTok to access your microphone on an iPhone, navigate to your phone’s Settings, scroll all the way down until you find the TikTok app, select it, and turn on the microphone switch.

To allow TikTok to access your microphone on an Android device, navigate to your phone’s Settings, tap on ‘Apps’, search for TikTok, select ‘Permissions’, and turn on the microphone switch.

And there you have it — TikTok has access to your microphone!

Method #1: Enable the microphone

The first method is to enable the microphone on the right-hand side of your screen.

Do note that certain devices do not have the microphone feature.

If that’s the case, you should use the next couple of methods. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

Here’s how you can enable it the microphone.

Navigate to the video that you want to duet.

Firstly, navigate to the video that you want to duet.

Then, tap on the ‘right-arrow’ icon as shown on the screen.

Do note that certain songs is not licensed for duets.

In addition, you cannot duet with some videos because the original poster have disabled the duet/react feature.

Tap on ‘Duet’.

Once you’ve tapped on the ‘right-arrow’ icon, a navigation drawer will appear on your screen.

On the bottom of the navigation drawer, there’s a ‘Duet’ icon. Tap on it.

If the ‘Duet’ icon is blurred out, that means the duet feature is either disabled from the original poster, or that the song on the video is not licensed.

Enable the microphone.

Once you’ve tapped on ‘Duet’, you’ll be directed to the recording screen.

On the recording screen, there should be a ‘Mic’ icon on the right-hand side of your screen (for most devices).

The microphone is disabled by default.

Simply tap on the ‘Mic’ icon to enable it.

That’s it, you’ve learnt how to enable the microphone to duet someone with sound.

If your device does not contain the microphone feature, try the next couple of methods instead.

Method #2: Use the voice-over feature

The second method you can use to record sound or audio in a duet is to use the voice-over feature.

Here’s how you can access it.

Record the duet first.

To access the voice-over feature, follow the steps mentioned in method #1 until you reach the recording screen.

Then, record the entire duet first.

After you’re done recording, tap on the ‘tick’ icon.

Tap on ‘Voiceover’.

After you tapped the ‘tick’ icon when you’re done recording, you will be directed to the edit screen.

On the edit screen, select ‘Voiceover’.

Record your own voice/sound.

After you’ve tapped on ‘Voiceover’, you’ll be directed to the edit screen.

Here’s where you can tap or long press to record your voice or sound.

Tap on ‘Save’ when you are done.

And you’re done!

You’ve learnt how to add a voice-over to a duet.

Method #3: Use TikTok’s ‘React’ feature

TikTok released their ‘React’ feature on late 2018.

Again, some people might not have the feature as it might be a glitch.

But if you have the feature, you can use it to duet with others with sound on TikTok.

To use the ‘React’ feature, tap on ‘Share’ (right-arrow icon), then tap on ‘React’.

TikTok react

The ‘React’ feature records your sound/audio on default, so you don’t have to worry about enabling your microphone or adding a voice-over.

Tip: Use a headphone with a microphone to record your voice with clarity.

If you don’t have the microphone feature on your device, using ‘React’ is a great alternative if you want to record audio/sounds.

General FAQ

Question 1: Why don’t I have the microphone icon?

Answer: Make sure to check that you’ve allowed TikTok to access your microphone in your phone’s settings.

To enable the microphone on an iPhone, navigate to Settings and scroll all the way down until you find the TikTok app. Select it and turn on the microphone switch.

To enable the microphone on an Android device, navigate to Settings, tap on ‘Apps’, search for TikTok, select ‘Permissions’, and turn on the microphone switch.

Question 2: My duet sound is not being recorded, what should I do?

Answer: There are three methods you can use to record a sound in a duet. You can either enable the microphone, use the ‘Voiceover’ feature, or use the ‘React’ feature.

Question 3: I tried everything and my sound is still not being recorded in the duet. What can I do?

Answer: Your best bet is to report a problem to TikTok stating your exact issue that you’re facing. The support team might be able to fix it.

Conclusion

Starting a duet on TikTok is easy.

But when you’re trying to duet with sound, it can be a little bit complicated.

If you want to duet with sound, make sure that you’ve allowed TikTok to access your microphone.

Then you’re left with three options.

You can either turn on the ‘Mic’ icon, use the ‘Voiceover’ feature or use the ‘React’ feature.

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