This simply means users can now choose from an array of hairstyles, accessories, piercings and makeup, to create a TikTok Avatar that reflects their personal looks and styles.
Users can access the new avatar feature by opening the TikTok camera and navigating to the effects section in the app and clicking on “TikTok Avatars.” From there, you’ll see a panel with template avatars. You can try out the template avatars or click “New” to create your own customized avatar. You can create your avatar by selecting from an array of hairstyles, accessories, piercings and makeup. TikTok says it built the avatar feature to be inclusive, from outfits to skin tones and hair color down to texture.
Users can also try out the avatar voice effects to give a new voice to their avatar by choosing a voice style and speaking into the microphone. You can try out different voice styles and choose the one you like the most. Tapping on the different voice styles adds or removes them from your avatar. Once you’re happy with your avatar, you can start recording videos. When you record a video, you can become your avatar, as it mimics the way you move and follows your gestures.
There’s also a miniature avatar option where you can choose an avatar and add it to your video. You can adjust the size of the miniature avatar and place it anywhere on your screen. Users also have the option to change their miniature avatar’s reactions by tapping the different expressions displayed on the screen. The miniature avatar feature isn’t available at launch, but TikTok says it will roll out soon.
TikTok while commenting on the new feature said, “We’re excited to launch the first version of TikTok Avatars globally and will continue to improve and innovate to make sure the experience is truly representative of all who are on TikTok. From outfits to skin tones and hair color down to texture, building inclusive features and experiences remains our priority, and we’ll continue to listen to our community and look to creators for feedback at every step of its development. Alongside user feedback, we’re working with our Creator Diversity Collective to make this the most inclusive and representative experience for our community.
“We’re excited to see how people use Avatars to express their creativity and continue exploring ways to bring Avatars into more TikTok experiences, building spaces across TikTok for self-expression and expanding on the ways people connect and create across our global community.”creativitysocial mediaTikTok Avatars
The launch makes TikTok the latest social media app to add an avatar feature, as it now joins the likes of Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.