TikTok photo mode graphic

Filed Under:

What you need to know about TikTok’s ‘photo mode’

Loves to write, loves to research, and loves the performance of all things social & blog strategy.

We’re revisiting this TikTok photo mode update from last week’s episode of The Sauce Pod.

Some users are saying TikTok’s slew of long, swipeable slideshows of photos, memes, and screenshots overtaking videos are, “ruining their FYP.” And… I don’t blame them.

This new feature is called photo mode, in which TikTok cycles through images at a slow pace (or users can flip through them). It’s a new alternative to the green screen effect where creators upload photos as a background to record their face on top of. In theory, this effect is more efficient and easier to use to post a photo or meme dump, but doesn’t it seem all too Instagram-esque

It’s definitely odd to see TikTok take a page out of Instagram’s playbook, but I digress.

If you want to test out the ‘photo mode’ feature, here’s how to do it:

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. Click on the plus button to open the camera.
  3. In the bottom right corner click on ‘Uploads.’
  4. Select the images you want in your slideshow, then click ‘Next.’
  5. Click ‘Switch to photo mode’ if it’s not on photo mode already.
  6. Select the sound bar from the top of the screen to pick a background song.
  7. Click the text button in the top right corner to type out song lyrics or captions for each photo.
  8. Tap ‘Next’ and post as you normally would.


This content appeared in this week’s edition of The Sauce newsletter. Subscribe here.