(2023) Why is TikTok Cropping my Video

Imagine yourself getting up early in the morning, all dolled up, ready to make a TikTok video, and having put a long pull in it. Finally, you upload the video and guess what, you find out that Tiktok has cropped one of your videos. We can imagine your expression.

Don’t be concerned, it happens with every other user, and you are not the only one here with the “TikTok crop my videos” issue. Without eating much of your precious time, let’s quickly get started with today’s topic, “Why TikTok crop my videos,” and how to get it resolved.

These days a lot of attention is drawn to the TikTok app due to the creative content produced by some content creators (known as influencers) around town.

It provides a variety of short-form clips with durations from 15-30 seconds. It includes lip-syncing, comedy, drama, pranks, stunts, food, hacks, dance, and more creative content.

Why does TikTok crop my videos

Short Answer: TikTok crops your video because the video you uploaded is not in the appropriate format. Video having dimensions different than 9:16 are cropped by Tiktok when processed.

Several dimensions are used to determine TikTok’s maximum video size. Video size relates to the file size and dimensions of the TikTok video when published on the platform. As there are a varied amount of aspects for what you can upload on the TikTok platform, we have tried to sum it all up below.

Although you have the liberty to upload TikTok videos in portrait or landscape view. But almost every social media platform offers vertical videos nowadays. Because vertical video is the easiest way to share content.

With a smartphone-optimized interface, you will have the best possible view of what you share. Increasing consumption is something that any user of the TikTok platform desires to achieve in order to make the platform’s algorithm work for them. 

TikTok is an app that is viewed on a smartphone, so a vertical 9:16 aspect ratio is optimal, with 1080p x 1920p resolution.

aspect ratio for TikTok

The 1:1 aspect ratio is also available, don’t go for that as the video will not fit the entire screen. Also, don’t forget that the video’s file size cannot exceed 287.6 MB on iOS or 72 MB on Android.

Hence, if you have uploaded a video in landscape mode, you will probably notice an empty & black side space bar. Consequently, TikTok will automatically crop down your video’s aspect ratio to the optimal one which is nothing but 9:16.

Don’t rush if it happens to you because now we’re going to discuss how to remove these bars by editing the video into the 9:16 aspect ratio.

How to Fix TikTok cropping videos

The only way to prevent this issue is to resize your TikTok Video File and upload it to the app or record it in the correct format.

1. Check camera settings

The best way to record a video in the correct aspect ratio for TikTok is by recording a vertical video. Most of the devices record videos in 9:16 or 16:9 aspect ratio by default.

All the iPhones have their default aspect ratio set to 16:9, which changes to 9: 16 as you record vertical videos.

But, for any reason, if you have changed the aspect ratio settings of video recording in your device, you will have to change it back to 9:16 or 16:9.

What if you already recorded the video in a different aspect ratio and looking for solutions now? In that case, follow the next method provided below.

2. Crop video using inbuilt editing feature

(2.1) Android

If you are someone, who is not aware or just doesn’t want to invest time in finding, installing, and then editing your video. You can simply refer to your phone’s in-built function to crop video to the optimal size. 

Note: This is an Oppo Reno 2f that might vary slightly from your model. 

  • Step 1: Select the video you’d like to edit > Tap on Edit.

Edit image to crop tiktok video


  • Step 2: After that, Tap on Next > Crop & Rotate

choose crop and rotate to crop the tiktok video


  • Step 3: Select the 9:16 ratio, and you are good to go.

choose 9:16 ratio to crop tiktok video

(2.2) iPhone/ iPad

This step-wise guide is for our iPhone users. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. What you all need to do is,

  • Step 1: Select the video you would like to edit > Tap on Edit.

Tap on edit to crop tiktok video

  • Step 2: Tap on Crop > Go for 9:16 ratio

Crop your tiktok video to 9:16 ratio

  • Step 3: Save your video.

Save your cropped tiktok video

3. Use other Video Editing Apps:

You can also opt for other video editing apps like InShot & Veed Video Cutter. 

3.1 - InShot Video Editing App

InShot is an absolute favorite video crop app for beginners, keen to learn some progressive video creation and altering features. As it is easy to utilize & less time-consuming.

  • Open the InShot application > Click on Video under Create New.
  • Allow Inshot to access videos and media on your device
  • Tap on Video > Choose the one you’d like to edit
  • Select the Canvas option > Opt for 9:16 ratio (you’ll also see the TikTok logo on it) > Save.
3.2 - Veed Video Cutter

Veed Video Cutter is a free and subscription-based video editing app available for desktop users. 

  •  Open the Veed video cutter app (veed.io/) and tap on Choose video.

Choose video to crop your tiktok video

  •  You will be offered various options to choose the video from.
  • Select a video from your video library and click the size dropdown menu. 

Choose the video from device to crop

  • Tap on TikTok (9:16) ratio, and it’s done.

Crop the video to 9:16 ratio

4. Reboot the device and re-upload

Well, if you have recorded the video in the appropriate format, TikTok won’t crop your videos at all. But, if it does, it could be because of some glitch.

The best thing would be to reboot/ restart your device once to give everything thing a refreshing start. And then you can try uploading your video on TikTok.

5. Update the TikTok app

We have mentioned all the possible ways to fix the cropping issue in the previous part of this post. But, if the issue pertains, we will suggest our readers update the TikTok app.

You see, a simple bug in the app can prevent you from using any feature in the app like you used to do. This could be the reason why you are experiencing cropping video issues on your app.

Ensure you are using the latest bug-free app version on your device.

Final Words

So, these were the few tricks to get out of a situation like that instantly. As discussed earlier, TikTok is one of the most popular video-sharing platforms in today’s world.

Ever since its launch, it has been under the limelight. Here you can enjoy sharing short clips with your loved ones, gain a massive following as a creator, and make money out of it.

In fact, we’ve got an ample amount of influencers out of it. Spending a long pull and pursuing it as your carrier is huge. Nobody with that level of interest in the app can bear this kind of issue.

Don’t forget to follow and share the above-mentioned tips and tricks to come out of it. We hope it will help you produce better content to share with the world.

Because understanding what the aspect ratio is and how to use it with your videos is one of the keys to producing high-quality content for the viewers.

Go through them once, and we hope you get the rescue. We hope it felt insightful.

Thank You So Much for lending your eyes to this article. Have A mesmerizing day ahead!

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