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Submit Your Effect

Finished creating your effect? Submit your effect for review before it gets officially published on TikTok!

Prepare and Upload Your Effect

Before you submit your effect, make sure it follows our Effect Guidelines. When you’re ready to submit your effect, click the Submit button on the upper right of the main editor bar.

This will prompt a window for you to Input some basic public information about your effect:

Effect icon (required)

Upload an icon for your effect. See the Thumbnail Creation guide for more info about creating your icon. Icons also need to adhere to our Effect Guidelines.

Effect name (required)

Give your effect a name. Note that each effect you submit needs to have a unique name (max 25 characters). Names also need to adhere to our Effect Guidelines.

Effect hint (optional)

You can select an optional hint for your effect. This text will be displayed each time your effect is activated by a creator. If your effect is interactive, consider including a hint to help people understand how to use the effect. The following are available hints:

  • None
  • Tap screen
  • Open mouth
  • Try with friends
  • Show face
  • Blink
  • Wink
  • Turn up volume
  • Show an open palm
  • Point camera at dog
  • Point camera at cat
  • Point camera at dog or cat
  • Move eyebrows up and down
  • Smile
  • Point camera at sky
  • Point camera to the ground
  • Point camera at buildings
  • Pout lips
  • Show hand
  • Do a thumbs-up
  • Do a thumbs-down
  • Hold up index finger
  • Make a “V” with middle and index fingers
  • Hold up four fingers
  • Hold up pinky and index finger
  • Make a fist
  • Show full body
  • Tap to change
  • Tilt head
  • Move closer
  • Shake head
  • Nod head
  • Start recording
  • Point camera at a flat surface
  • Add sound from the TikTok Sounds Library
  • Move face closer to the camera
  • Move face farther from the camera
  • Move head around
  • Press and hold screen
  • Drag finger up or down
  • Drag finger left or right
  • Drag finger around
  • Use 1 finger to move, 2 fingers to rotate or adjust size
  • Make a happy face
  • Make a grumpy face
  • Make a surprised face
  • Make a grossed-out face
  • Make a scared face
  • Make a sad face
  • Blink left eye
  • Blink right eye
  • Make a heart with 2 hands
  • Make a finger heart
  • Tap image
  • Dance!
  • Show both hands
  • Select 15s video
  • Select 60s video
  • Select 3m video

Stay tuned for more hints!

You’ll also be able to see whether your effect package size is below the size limit. If your effect is too large, check your imported assets and consider swapping some of them for smaller assets.

Once you’re done, click the Upload button to continue to the next step. Your effect will then begin to upload.

Confirm Your TikTok Account

In order to submit an effect with your TikTok account, you’ll have to have logged into Effect House at least once before.

If you’re logged into a different TikTok account on the web than the one you’re using on the tool, you’ll be asked to switch to the same account that is logged into Effect House.

Select Your Effect Type

Once your effect is uploaded, a new browser window will automatically open. You can select whether you’d like to submit a new effect or update an existing effect.

Update Your Effect

To submit an update to an effect, click Submit in Effect House and select Update an existing effect in the web portal. You may update effects with a Draft or Needs Revision status at any time. Active or Deactivated effects can only be updated within 6 months of the original effect’s creation.

You can submit one update per effect. You can update the effect’s package, name, icon, or all of the above. If you would like to update the effect again, you’ll need to publish it as a new effect.

Complete Your Effect Details

Next, you’ll see a submission page where you can provide a few more details about your effect before submitting it.

Category (required)

Select a category for your effect. Categories will help your effect get discovered on TikTok.

Tags (optional)

You can add up to five descriptive tags to help other creators find your effect. Tags should accurately represent the effect’s content. Tags will not be displayed publicly, but need to adhere to our Effect Guidelines.

Additional comments (optional)

You can provide additional comments or descriptions to help the TikTok review team understand your effect. Comments will not be displayed publicly.

Select challenge

You can choose an active Effect House challenge to submit your effect to.

Upload demo video (required)

Upload a demo video for your effect. See the Demo video creation guide for more info about creating your demo video. Demo videos will not be displayed publicly, but need to adhere to our Effect Guidelines.

Click the Submit button to submit your effect!

Once submitted, you’ll see a success page with a preview QR code that you can use to preview your effect on TikTok.

Tip:
Tip:

The QR code can only be used by you and is not accessible by other creators.

You can click Manage effects to visit your effect management page, where you can see all the effects you’ve submitted, track their statuses, and take actions. See the Manage your effect guide for more info about managing your effects.

Tip:
Tip:

To receive email notifications about your effect status, please ensure your email is up-to-date in your account information in the TikTok app.

Edit, Withdraw, or Resubmit Your Effect

Once your effect is submitted, it cannot be modified.

An effect that is under review can be modified from your effect management page. Select Withdraw from review or Delete in the drop-down menu for the effect, and resubmit the effect from the tool.

If your effect was reviewed and requires revisions, you can make the necessary changes and resubmit the effect from Effect House.

You may resubmit an effect up to 10 times. After that, please create a new effect file to submit the effect again.