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How to Schedule TikTok Posts on Mobile and Desktop (FINALLY)

Wondering how to schedule posts for TikTok the real way (i.e., not just get a reminder on your phone)? Here’s how to use a legitimate TikTok scheduler and create a TikTok content calendar that works for you.

Hannah Macready, Paige Cooper May 26, 2022
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Want to plan your content ahead of time and have it go live when your audience is most active? Sounds like you need to learn how to schedule TikTok posts (yes, you can do it on mobile and desktop).

A TikTok scheduler is perfect for anyone who wants to post content consistently but doesn’t have time to drop everything every day (much less four times a day…when you’re on vacation).

Luckily, there are a few tools you can use to get your content out there and seen by the people who matter most, even when you’re on vacation.

So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out how to schedule TikToks! Or watch the video below for a super-fast tutorial on how schedule TikToks on mobile specifically.

Bonus: Get a free TikTok Growth Checklist from famous TikTok creator Tiffy Chen that shows you how to gain 1.6 million followers with only 3 studio lights and iMovie.

How to schedule TikTok posts on desktop for any time in the future

If you want to post from your desktop or computer, but you don’t want to suffer through TikTok’s 10-day limit, you’ll want to use Hootsuite. Grab your free trial here!

Step 1: Connect your TikTok account to your Hootsuite account

In Hootsuite, you’ll be prompted to add your social accounts. Add your TikTok account. If not, go ahead and check out our article on how to link your TikTok account in Hootsuite.

Step 2: Save your TikTok video to your computer

Now you need your TikTok video. Alas, TikTok doesn’t allow you to download it until you’ve published it, but there are a few workarounds.

The simplest one is to make your video in Tiktok, then publish it as private. That will save the video to your phone’s gallery with the watermark. You can then airdrop or email it to your computer.

You can also make it in a third-party app (or even Instagram Reels) and send it to your computer. Or perhaps you’re a fancy video professional, and you’re using Adobe Premiere. Anything is possible!

Step 3: Compose your TikTok post

Now, go over to your Hootsuite dashboard.

  • Click the Create icon (on the top left).
  • Choose post.
  • Under publish to select your TikTok account.
  • Enter your caption, hashtags and links
  • Click and drag your video file into the media box.

schedule a TikTok post in Hootsuite: clicking create

How to schedule a TikTok post in Hootsuite: choosing your account

How to schedule a TikTok post in Hootsuite: filling out the caption

Step 4: Schedule it

Click Schedule for later and choose your date and time. Once you’ve posted a few times, Hootsuite will recommend 3 best times to post based on your account’s historical performance.

Scheduling a TikTok post in Hootsuite

Step 5: Rinse and repeat

Your draft will appear in the calendar on the date you selected, so you can see it with all your other social media posts.

Viewing scheduled TikTok posts in Hootsuite

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How to schedule TikTok posts on desktop less than 10 days in advance only

The native TikTok scheduler is very easy to use. But it does have two major limitations. You can only schedule posts up to 10 days in advance and only on desktop.

If this doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, read on.

Here’s how to schedule TikTok posts using TikTok’s scheduler:

Step 1: Log in to TikTok on your web browser

Currently, the TikTok scheduler is only available on a web browser.

To use the TikTok post scheduler, head over to and log into your account.

Once you’re in, click on the Cloud icon at the top right-hand corner of your feed. This will take you to the TikTok upload page.

cloud icon top right-hand corner of feed

Step 2: Create and upload your video

Next, upload and edit your video to the TikTok platform. Here, you’ll be able to add hashtags, edit the cover image, choose who can see your video, and set privacy settings. You can also specify if other TikTok users can make a duet from your video, or leave comments.

Step 3: Schedule your video

Once your video is ready to post, toggle the Schedule button on. Select the date you’d like to post it, and you’re all set.

schedule video button

Unfortunately, just like regular posting, you won’t be able to edit your video once it’s scheduled. If you need to make any changes to your post, you can delete the scheduled post and re-upload it after making your edits.

How to schedule TikToks on mobile phone

Scheduling TikToks on mobile is shockingly simple if you have Hootsuite. Unfortunately, the native TikTok scheduler only allows you to schedule from desktop.

Here’s how to schedule TikToks on mobile:

Step 1: Connect your TikTok account to your Hootsuite account

In your Hootsuite mobile app, you’ll be prompted to add your social accounts. Add your TikTok account. If not, go ahead and check out our very precise help article on how to link your TikTok account in Hootsuite.

Step 2: Save your TikTok video to your phone’s gallery

Next up: you need your TikTok video. Alas, just like with scheduling on desktop, TikTok doesn’t allow you to download it until you’ve published it. But we know some workarounds.

  • Make your video in Tiktok, then publish it as private (it will save to your phone’s gallery with the watermark).
  • Make your video in a third-party app (or even Instagram Reels) and save it to your phone’s gallery from there.

Step 3: Compose your TikTok post

Now, go over to Hootsuite’s mobile app.

  • Tap the Compose button (on the bottom).
  • Select your TikTok account.
  • Enter your caption, hashtags and links
  • Tap the gallery icon and select your video.
  • After it’s uploaded, tap Next (in the top right corner)

scheduling a TikTok on mobile in the Hootsuite app

Step 4: Schedule your TikTok post

  • Select Custom Schedule
  • Enter your date and time
  • Tap OK

scheduling a TikTok on mobile in the Hootsuite App scheduling a TikTok post on mobile in the Hootsuite app: choosing a date and time

Step 5: Relax and enjoy a tasty snack

You did it! You can view your scheduled post in the Publisher tab.

a scheduled TikTok post in the Hootsuite mobile app

What is a good TikTok schedule?

To ensure that your videos are seen by as many people as possible, it’s important to schedule them according to when your audience is most active on the app.

Like any social platform, there are good and bad times to post to TikTok. According to our TikTok experiments, the universal best times to post on TikTok are:

  • Tuesday at 7 am
  • Thursday at 10 am
  • Friday at 5 am

Learn more about the best times to post on TikTok in our complete guide, or watch this video on how to find YOUR best time to post:

There are a few things you’ll need to take into account when scheduling TikTok posts. Knowing where your audience lives, what kind of content they want to see, and how frequently you need to post to keep them engaged are all important factors.

If you’re ready to start scheduling TikTok posts, review these quick tips first.

Build a TikTok content calendar

Content calendars can help you plan your posts in advance, so you’re not scrambling to come up with ideas at the last minute. They can also save you from making spelling or tone mistakes, and help you time your posts to reach the largest possible audience.

There are a few different ways you can create a content calendar. You can use a template, like the ones found in this blog, or you can create your own using a spreadsheet or calendar app.

If you’re building your own content calendar, make sure to fill in all the relevant information for each post, including:

  • The date and platform you want the post to publish on
  • Any relevant KPIs
  • Platform-specific criteria like Stories, Reels, or Feed posts
  • A brief description of the content

The more detailed your calendar is, the easier it will be to populate it with content. Once your calendar is complete, you can start building your content on TikTok and using the TikTok scheduler to publish it at the best time for your audience.

Watch this quick video to learn more about creating a high-performing content calendar.

Time zones matter!

If most of your followers are in a different time zone than you, posting at midnight in your time zone might not be the best time to reach them.

The easiest way to find out when your audience is online is to check your Business or Creator account analytics:

  1. Navigate to your profile page and tap the three lines in the top right of the screen.
  2. Click Business Suite, then Analytics

Here, you’ll see a graph that shows the hours of the day when your followers are most active on TikTok. You can also see how many views and likes your videos received during different hours of the day.

graph of follower activity including videos followers watched and listened to

Source: TikTok

Keep in mind that these analytics represent your followers as a whole, not just your organic audience. If you’re targeting a specific audience with your content, you’ll want to research their activity patterns separately.

Use past posts to inform your schedule

When in doubt, review your best-performing posts to see when they were published. Chances are, your audience is more active at those times.

You can use TikTok Analytics to see how individual posts are performing. This includes data on views, likes, comments, and posting times.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Go to your Business or Creator Analytics page (follow the steps listed above)
  2. From the top menu bar, choose Content
  3. Click individual posts to see how they performed

Business or Creator Analytics page

Source: TikTok

Check out our guide to TikTok analytics to learn how to analyze your TikTok performance.

Make a plan to post consistently on TikTok 1-4 times per day

We all know consistency is key when it comes to social media. If you want to build a following on TikTok, you need to post content regularly. But what’s the best way to do that?

First off, TikTok recommends posting at least 1-4 times per day if you want to see results. Features like the For You page are constantly refreshing, so if you don’t post frequently, your content will get buried.

The great news is, the TikTok scheduler makes it easy to post consistently. You can add videos to your queue up to a week in advance, and the app will publish them automatically at the times you specify.

But, don’t post for the sake of posting

Now that you have a TikTok scheduler, you may be tempted to schedule large swaths of content all at once.

But don’t forget, authenticity is key on TikTok!

Businesses succeeding on TikTok create authentic content that closely aligns with the community and the native TikTok experience.

One way to make sure your videos are top-notch is to keep an eye on the trends. Pay attention to what’s popular on TikTok at the moment, and take advantage of platform-specific features like Duets, Stitches, and music.

That way, when new users discover your content, they’ll be more likely to stick around and engage.

The new TikTok scheduling tool is an exciting addition to an already powerful social app. By bringing strategy to your spontaneity, you can create even better content and reach new audiences.

Ready to launch your business into the TikTok marketplace? Check out our guide to using TikTok for business here.

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By Hannah Macready

Hannah Macready is a freelance writer who has been working in the social media and digital marketing space for the last ten years. Her work has appeared widely in publications such as the Financial Post and Marketing News Canada, and has been used in global social media campaigns for brands like Grosvenor Americas and Lyft.

In her spare time, Hannah likes exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, Soup and Salad.

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By Paige Cooper

Paige Cooper is a lapsed librarian turned copywriter turned inbound marketing strategist who spends her days growing the Hootsuite Labs YouTube channel.

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