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February 15, 2024

How to upload custom thumbnails to TikTok - how to uplaod your video cover to tiktok on desktop

Until now - the answer to 'how to upload a custom thumbnail on tiktok' was to edit your thumbnail into your video. Then select that frame from the options tiktok gives you when you're uploading.

But the game's changed...

TikTok now allows you to upload custom covers or thumbnails - but there's one catch.

You can only upload a custom thumbnail for your TikTok video on desktop.

Weird, right?

A mobile-focused app hiding a feature where less than 10% of TikTok users will find it doesn't make a lot of sense...

(the truth is - I found out about this feature from a client that's never used TikTok before!)

But - here's how you upload a custom cover for your tiktok videos in 7 steps:

@jaycartere How to upload custom thumbnails to TikTok (without editing the image into your video) Until now - the answer to 'how to upload a custom thumbnail on tiktok' was to edit your thumbnail into your video. Then select that frame from the options tiktok gives you when you're uploading. But the game's changed... TikTok now allows you to upload custom video covers or thumbnails - but there's one catch. You can only upload a custom thumbnail for your TikTok video on desktop. Weird, right? A mobile-focused app hiding a feature where less than 10% of TikTok users will find it doesn't make a lot of sense... (the truth is - I found out about this feature from a client that's never used TikTok before!) But - here's how you upload a custom thumbnail for your tiktok videos in 8 steps: 1. Go to the upload page on TikTok 2. Click 'Select files' - or drag your video onto the page 3. Click Edit cover 4. Click Upload cover 5. Click 'select a file' - or drag your custom TikTok thumbnail onto the page 6. Use the guide to crop your image - then click 'Confirm' 7. Tap Cover above the video to preview the thumbnail 8. Add your caption and any other details - then click Post Some extra notes on uploading your custom video cover to TikTok: You can't upload a video using your mobile then add your custom thumbnail to TikTok on desktop. You need to upload the video and your custom thumbnail using the desktop interface. This is the process I used to upload my custom TikTok video cover for this tutorial: - I created the video on mobile - I uploaded the video to google drive on my mobile - I downloaded the video from google drive on my desktop - I uploaded the video and custom thumbnail to TikTok using the steps above What is the correct TikTok Thumbnail size? 540 x 720 is the correct TikTok thumbnail size for your custom video cover. Grow a powerful personal brand that builds authority in your industry and brings you inbound leads on auto-pilot with my FREE personal branding workbook & checklist here: https://jaycartere.com/freepersonalbranding/ #tiktokthumbnails #tiktokthumbnail #tiktokthumbnailhacks #thumbnailtutorial #tiktoktutorials #thumbnailtiktok ♬ original sound - JayCartere
How to upload custom thumbnails to TikTok - how to uplaod your video to tiktok on desktop

2. Click 'Select files' - or drag your video onto the page

3. Click Edit cover

How to upload custom cover to TikTok - edit your video cover

4. Click Upload cover

How to upload custom covers to TikTok - how to upload your thumbnail on desktop

5. Click 'select a file' - or drag your custom TikTok cover/thumbnail onto the page

6. Use the guide to crop your image - then click 'Confirm'

How to upload custom thumbnails to TikTok - resize and upload your video cover

7. Add your caption and any other details - then click Post.

Some extra notes on uploading your custom video cover to TikTok:

You can't upload a video using your mobile then add your custom thumbnail to TikTok on desktop.

You need to upload the video and your custom thumbnail using the desktop interface.

This is the process I used to upload my custom TikTok video cover for this tutorial:

  • I created the video on mobile
  • I uploaded the video to google drive on my mobile
  • I downloaded the video from google drive on my desktop
  • I uploaded the video and custom thumbnail to TikTok using the steps above

What is the correct TikTok thumbnail / cover size?

540 x 720 is the correct TikTok thumbnail / cover size for your custom video cover.

Click here to grow a powerful personal brand that builds authority in your industry and brings you inbound leads on auto-pilot with my FREE personal branding workbook & checklist.

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