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.
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.
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 tiktok.com 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.
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.
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
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:
Navigate to your profile page and tap the three lines in the top right of the screen.
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.
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:
Go to your Business or Creator Analytics page (follow the steps listed above)
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.
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.
Use Hootsuite to schedule TikTok posts at the best times, respond to comments, and measure performance — all from the same dashboard you use to manage your other social networks. Start your free trial today.