How to use TikTok avatars, the filter similar to Apple’s Memoji?
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(Pocket-lint) – TikTok has introduced a new filter, called TikTok Avatars, which overlays animated Memoji-like characters on your face. These actually try to mimic your expression as you speak and move. Here’s everything you need to know about this feature, including how to access it and start using it.
What are TikTok avatars?
Announced on Thursday, June 9, 2022, TikTok avatars look and function very similar to Apple’s Memoji feature. The TikTok mobile app uses your phone’s camera to detect your face, then it overlays an animated character that copies your movements. You can record with this virtual filter, and it will mirror your mouth, expressions, and more.
How to find TikTok avatars
To try out the new TikTok Avatars filter, open the latest version of the TikTok mobile app and follow these steps:
- Tap the + (record/download) button in the bottom center to start capturing a TikTok.
- Tap the Effects button at the bottom right of the recording screen.
- In the magnifying glass, search for “avatar” in the effects of TikTok.
- Next, scroll down until you find the effect called “TikTok Avatars” and select it.
How do TikTok avatars work?
There are two dozen preset TikTok avatars you can choose from once you select the feature during a video capture, or you can customize your own. TikTok lets you change your skin tone, mouth, nose, eyes, and even jewelry, though the choices aren’t huge. TikTok said it was working with a “creator diversity collective” to improve and update its avatars.
Where can you use TikTok avatars?
Currently, you can create and share TikTok avatars in videos that you share publicly or with your followers, as well as in videos that you post to your storytimes.
Want to see TikTok avatars in action?
Here are some examples :
I don’t know if this is new or if my old millennial ass just found out but these TikTok avatars you can create are pretty fun pic.twitter.com/a8PYb6Htnd-
wondermundo (@wondermundo) June 9, 2022
Heather Dunaway Smith (@dunaway_smith) June 9, 2022
TikTok now has AR avatars. Technically impressive, but it needs more customization options. pic.twitter.com/sN4Lia2Xcq-
Peter Gasston (@stopsatgreen) June 8, 2022
Written by Maggie Tillman.