TikTok is without a doubt one of the most popular video-sharing apps of all time, and it has a massive amount of daily active users. If you’re not on TikTok, you’re truly missing out – but what if you don’t want to use the application on your smartphone or tablet? Can you download and install the application on your desktop computer or laptop as well?
The answer is yes! Let’s take a look at all the different methods to download, install and use TikTok on your laptop or pc.
How to use TikTok on your Windows laptop or pc with the BlueStacks emulator
En emu-what now? Emulators, like the name suggests, are pieces of software that make certain apps run on devices it’s not supposed to. Pretty nifty isn’t it? Of course, TikTok isn’t just freely available on PCs, it’s really meant to be a mobile app. But sometimes, you just want to browse or post TikTok videos with the convenience of your computer, and that’s totally cool.
How to install TikTok via the BlueStacks emulator
BlueStacks is a company and software suite that specifically focuses on emulating Android applications on Windows. Currently, BlueStacks 4 is the most proven and reliable version of the software, but the developers have also recently released BlueStacks 5. The latter version tends to run quite a bit faster and will receive support longer, but might be less suited for less powerful PCs and laptops and have a bit more bugs. Whichever version you choose, TikTok works perfectly fine on both of them. You can download BlueStacks at the official website.
- Download either BlueStacks 4 or 5 from the official website
- When running the installation software, you’ll be prompted to log into Google in order to gain access to the Google Play Store. You can also choose to log in later if you want, but this step is necessary to download TikTok.
- In the top right corner of the program, you’ll find a search bar. Type in “TikTok” and press enter.
- TikTok will show up in the list of apps at the very top, simply click install and wait until the download is finished!
- Double click on the TikTok icon on your home screen, and use the app as you would on a mobile device. Note: if your Windows computer does not have a touchscreen, you’ll need to use your mouse or trackpad for all navigation and movements.
Is BlueStacks safe?
BlueStacks has built up quite a track record over the past few years and is the platform of choice when people or businesses want to use Android apps on their PC. It is mostly used by people who want to play mobile games on their computers, which are only accessible on smartphones. The app allows them to play their favorite games on whatever computer they have.
Is BlueStacks free?
Absolutely! There might be some ads in the interface, but the core functionality is absolutely free. There are no in-app purchases, no monthly subscriptions, just download, install and forget.
How to install TikTok on your Chromebook
Do you have a Chromebook or a ChromeOS computer? Well, you’re in luck because Android apps are natively supported on most recent Chromebooks. Just check if your device can run Android applications, and you can find the Google Play Store in your launcher. You can search for the TikTok app over there and just download and install it as if it was a regular ChromeOS app. Simple as that!
How to download and install TikTok on your Windows 11 laptop or pc
Millions of devices are currently running on the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, but the next big thing is already in the pipelines. Its successor, carrying the not-so-original name of Windows 11, has a built-in feature that will definitely please TikTok enthusiasts all over the world.
In the new operating system, you’ll be able to run Android applications directly on your pc – no emulator needed. Microsoft is co-operating with the Amazon App Store to provide applications to its users. If you’re working on a Windows 11 PC, or will be working on one in the future, these are the steps you need to follow:
- Go to the Windows Store / Windows Marketplace
- Sign up for the Amazon App Store in order to download Android apps (one time process)
- Search for “TikTok”
- You’ll see the app appear in the Windows Store, click download and wait for it to install
- Enjoy TikTok on your Windows 11 system!
As you can see, Windows 11 will make it a ton easier to download and install TikTok on your pc, but if you can’t wait or don’t use the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, BlueStacks will work just fine.
Alternatively, you can also use the web version of TikTok
Admittedly, the website-based version of TikTok (www.tiktok.com) may have its flaws and it isn’t perfect at all, it’s perfectly capable if you’d like to watch a couple of videos on your laptop. You won’t be able to edit or publish videos and you won’t be able to play around with the popular filters, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Chances are that the web version will definitely scratch your itch for more TikTok on your computer.
Did you know you can also go live on TikTok with your laptop or computer? It brings a ton of benefits, such as better video quality, more flexibility, and the ability to capture whatever is on your screen.