TikTok Drafts: How to Edit, Post, Save, and Delete Drafts

Updated on September 13, 2023

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Published February 28, 2023

TikTok Drafts: How to Edit, Post, Save, and Delete Drafts
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(Published on March 1, 2023 | Updated on September 11,2023)

When leveraged correctly, using TikTok drafts can drastically improve your TikTok marketing initiatives.

It can augment your content reviewing process, enable client-led content approvals, help you prepare content in advance, and more. 

Read this guide to learn how to create, edit, post, and delete TikTok drafts. You’ll also learn proven strategies to reap the full benefits of publishing short-form videos on TikTok. 

Table of contents

What you’ll learn:

  • What are TikTok drafts?
  • Benefits of saving TikTok draft videos
  • Where is your TikTok drafts folder?
  • How to save TikTok drafts
  • How to edit TikTok drafts
  • How to post TikTok drafts
  • How to delete TikTok drafts
  • How to download TikTok drafts
  • How to recover deleted drafts on TikTok
  • Ways to make your TikTok drafts better
  • Mistakes to avoid when handling TikTok drafts
  • TikTok drafts FAQs
  • Rev up your TikTok presence with Vista Social

What are TikTok drafts?

TikTok drafts are unpublished content that can’t be viewed by other TikTok users. But unlike a private video, a TikTok draft still lets you add some final changes to the content.

TikTok users primarily save drafts to resume content creation at a later time. In an agency or business setting, drafts offer additional utility to post-approval workflows. 

Benefits of saving TikTok draft videos

There are several benefits of saving TikTok drafts for businesses, agencies, and individual users: 

  • Establish an in-app post-approval process. When you manage a client’s TikTok account, save posts as drafts rather than scheduling or publishing them directly. This gives your client an opportunity to manually approve and publish posts themselves. 
  • Enforce brand safety guidelines. Rather than publishing directly, save content as TikTok drafts to avoid accidentally posting content that goes against TikTok’s Community Guidelines. Remember, it’s better to add another step in your content review process than to deal with retrieving a banned TikTok account. (Must Read: How to get unbanned from TikTok.)
  • Build more elaborate content. TikTok drafts let you save your work and pick up where you left off later. This allows you to work on more elaborate video content, particularly if you create videos directly on TikTok. 
  • Prepare content in advance. Create TikTok content in bulk and save them as drafts to ensure you never run out of fresh content for your followers. Alternatively, use Vista Social to prepare your TikTok content and publish them automatically at the ideal posting times.

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Where is your TikTok drafts folder?

You can find the TikTok drafts folder on your profile page, which is accessible through the app.

Launch the app and tap ‘Profile’ in the bottom menu. The ‘Drafts’ folder should appear as the first entry to your profile feed. 

Your TikTok drafts folder.
Image Source: TikTok.com

While drafts can only be accessed through the TikTok app, remember that the actual video files are saved locally. That means they won’t be visible on your profile if you log in with a new device. 

How to save TikTok drafts

To save TikTok drafts, tap ‘Next’ at the bottom of the editing screen. 

Tap next.
Image Source: TikTok.com

Feel free to optimize your TikTok content by writing a caption, inserting hashtags, tagging other users, and configuring other features (comments, duets, links, etc.). Just remember that you can do all of this later whenever you decide to finish your post. 

Tap ‘Drafts’ at the bottom of the page to save your draft.

Save TikTok video as draft.
Image Source: TikTok.com

How to edit TikTok drafts

To edit TikTok drafts, go to your saved drafts page from your profile. 

Find and tap the specific TikTok draft you want to edit. This will open the draft video on the TikTok post editor.

Tap the draft you want to edit.
Image Source: TikTok.com

Use TikTok’s full array of editing tools to spice up your draft. 

Some of the tools you can play with are: 

  • Trim and stitch clips. Add more clips, trim unimportant parts, adjust playback speed, and more. 
  • Stickers. Insert emojis, mention other users, run a poll, tag a location, add custom photo overlays, and more.
  • Effects. Apply filters and effects to amplify or alter the mood of your video content. 
  • Automatic captions. Quickly integrate AI-based captions to help users understand your content. 
  • Audio editing tools. Add voiceovers, reduce noise, apply trending audio effects, and more. 
Use tools to spice up drafts.
Image Source: TikTok.com

When done, you may save the draft again or publish it to your feed. 

How to post TikTok drafts

To post a TikTok draft, find it on the drafts page, finish editing the content, and tap ‘Post.’

How to post TikTok drafts.
Image Source: TikTok.com

Remember to double-check everything before posting. 

Everything—from your caption to your tagged location—is unchangeable once your TikTok post is published. Drafted videos are automatically deleted from the drafts page once they go live. 

If you need to make changes, you have to delete the content and learn how to repost on TikTok

How to delete TikTok drafts

To delete TikTok drafts, head to your drafts page and tap ‘Select’ in the upper-right corner.

How to delete TikTok drafts.
Image Source: TikTok.com

Tick the checkboxes of the drafts you wish to delete. When done, tap ‘Delete’ at the bottom. 

Tick the checkboxes of the drafts you wish to delete.
Image Source: TikTok.com

When the confirmation message appears, tap ‘Delete’ again. 

This will instantly refresh your drafts folder without the videos you deleted. If no other draft remains, you’ll be redirected to your profile page. 

Be careful when deleting drafts in bulk. 

Even if you know how to find deleted TikTok videos, deleted TikTok drafts are unrecoverable. 

Unlike published TikTok videos that can be recovered from your device’s “recently deleted” folder, drafts are completely hidden from your device’s gallery and file explorer.

The only way to recover a deleted TikTok draft is if you created a backup. 

How to download TikTok drafts

It’s easy to download TikTok drafts.

Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to your TikTok profile, then tap the ‘Drafts’ button. This will show all of your unpublished videos.

Step 2: Tap the video that video that you want to download.

Step 3: Tap ‘Who can watch this video’ then select ‘Only me.’ This part is crucial since if you don’t set this up, others will see this video once you post it.

Step 4: Tap ‘More options’ then tap ‘Save to Device’ so TikTok gains access to your phone.

Step 5: Post the video while clicking the lock icon.

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Once you’re done with step 5 you’ll see the video in your phone’s gallery.

How to recover deleted drafts on TikTok

The process for recovering deleted drafts on TikTok is somewhat lengthy.

If you’re using an Android phone

Go to your Google Photos account to see if the draft is there. If you enabled the automatic backup and sync option, you should be able to see your draft.

If you still can’t find it, tap the ‘Trash’ button.

Google Photos can automatically delete files to save space. If you set up any automatic deletion or space-saving function, then your drafts may have been deleted by Google.

If you’re using an iOS phone

Try using the iCloud service since most iOS phone users use iCloud for backup.

Sign in to your iCloud account. Go to settings. Then tap ‘Recover Files’ from the popup.

From there, you should be able to see the video or file that you want to recover.

Ways to make your TikTok drafts better

Woking with TikTok drafts adds a new dimension to your TikTok content strategy. 

Make the most out of TikTok drafts with the following strategies: 

1. Schedule them at the right time

Use Vista Social to automate your social media publishing and post TikTok videos at the best possible times. 

Vista Social automatically analyzes the performance of previous posts. By analyzing engagement rate fluctuations between different posting times, our platform will help you build a posting schedule that aligns with your audience’s usage. 

Use Vista Social to automate your social media publishing.

2. Check your hashtags

Before posting your draft, consider expanding your hashtag research strategy to maximize your TikTok video’s reach. 

The secret of how to get 1,000 followers on TikTok (and more) is to leverage tools that boost your content’s discoverabilty. 

Hashtags, for example, make your content more searchable through the app. They also signal relevance to TikTok users—improving your chances of getting clicks and generating engagement. 

Look for popular and trending hashtag ideas on the fly with Vista Social. On the publisher tool, just click the hashtag button, switch to the ‘Hashtag suggestions’ tab, and enter any relevant keyword. 

Hashtag suggestions.

3. Add trending effects and sounds

Jazz up your TikTok drafts with trending sounds—boosting your content’s searchability and user engagement factor. 

Sounds make TikTok videos more entertaining and captivating, especially if you use tracks your target audiences are familiar with. Furthermore, it makes posts discoverable through the song page. 

Get trending audio suggestions in a snap with Vista Social.

Get trending audio suggestions in a snap with Vista Social. 

From the Vista Social publisher, click the three-dot settings icon in the video’s thumbnail and select ‘Pick sound.’ 

Within seconds, Vista Social will present dozens of trending sound options you can use to enhance your TikTok video. It’s worth noting that these suggestions are handpicked by Vista Social’s in-house social media experts. 

Suggestions are handpicked by Vista Social’s in-house social media experts.

4. Try a different caption

Leverage TikTok drafts to give yourself or your team a chance to refine and polish your video captions. 

Here are some ideas you should consider: 

  • Use simple-yet-impactful TikTok quotes.
  • Invite your audience to check out a web page. 
  • Use action-oriented language (i.e. “watch ‘til the end”). 
  • Highlight key parts of your video and add timestamps. 
  • Tell a relatable story about the TikTok video

5. Save offline copies of TikTok drafts

Keep your TikTok content safe by consistently saving backups. 

To automatically download offline copies of your TikTok videos, open the post editor and tap ‘More options.’ 

Tap for more options.
Image Source: TikTok.com

On the “More options” page, switch on the ‘Save to device’ toggle. 

That’s it—TikTok will automatically save published posts to your device’s gallery. Remember that this option doesn’t apply to TikTok drafts. 

Mistakes to avoid when handling TikTok drafts

Losing TikTok drafts can be frustrating since you can lose all the hard work and time you put into drafting. 

Save yourself from the headache by understanding the mistakes to avoid making when dealing with TikTok drafts:

  • Don’t freak out and accidentally delete your drafts. TikTok drafts are saved automatically, but double-check before you hit that delete button to ensure you’re not losing something important forever. 
  • Your drafts may not be on your profile, but they can still be accessed by others who have your account info. Keep your sensitive content secure and don’t share your login details. It helps keep your drafts saved in your account safe. You can also save a draft and set the viewing settings to Only me so you get sole access to the content.
  • Just because it’s in your drafts, it doesn’t mean it’s good to go. Take the time to find, edit, and make your TikTok videos perfect before you post it for the world to see.
  • Don’t leave your drafts hanging. It can be challenging to handle multiple clients with numerous TikTok campaigns and create drafts for each simultaneously. However, set aside some time to work on drafts regularly and keep them organized. Don’t put your drafts on the back burner and forget about them. Regularly check in your phone’s camera roll and those saved locally in your device. Check the drafts for publishing and those you can still use for client campaigns.  
  • Whatever you do, don’t use copyrighted material without permission. TikTok is strict about that stuff and you don’t want to risk getting suspended or kicked off the platform for more copyright infringement issues.
  • Don’t forget to check your audio. Your draft might be perfect visually, but if the audio is messed up, it’ll be a dud for viewers and your clients. Always double-check your audio and everything else before posting your drafts.

TikTok drafts FAQs

Why can’t I find my drafts on TikTok?

Your TikTok drafts may disappear if you uninstall and reinstall the app or if you switched to another account. Since TikTok doesn’t save cloud copies of drafts, ensure you create regular backups of your TikTok videos. 

Can I save TikTok drafts to camera roll?

Yes, TikTok drafts can be saved to your device’s camera roll even without posting. Just enable the ‘Save to device’ toggle on the TikTok post editor. 

Can you recover deleted TikToks?

Yes—even after being deleted from the app, TikTok videos (except drafts) may still be recoverable from your device’s local storage. Practice creating offline backups of your TikTok content to make recovery easier and more convenient.

Why did my draft disappear on TikTok?

Your draft will disappear on TikTok if your account is transferred or moved to a different device.

There are several reasons for this. But for the most part, drafts disappear since they are saved locally on your device. So even if you log into your TikTok account from a different device, you won’t be able to see the drafts you saved.

Rev up your TikTok presence with Vista Social 

Whether you’re a TikTok creator, brand, or social media marketing agency, Vista Social equips you with the tools you need to create, publish, and promote killer short-form videos.

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About the Author

Content Writer

Jimmy Rodela is a social media and content marketing consultant with over 9 years of experience, with work appearing on sites such as Business.com, Yahoo, SEMRush, and SearchEnginePeople. He specializes in social media, content marketing, SaaS, small business strategy, marketing automation, and content development.

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