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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. Available hints:

  • Show face
  • Hold up hand, palm forward
  • Smile!
  • Blink eyes
  • Open mouth
  • Pout lips
  • Hold up thumb
  • Hold up index finger
  • Hold up index and middle fingers
  • Hold up four fingers
  • Show palm
  • Hold up fist
  • Hold up index and pinky fingers
  • Tap screen
  • Press and hold
  • Press and move
  • Stand in frame and move around
  • Show full body
  • Move hands
  • Move around
  • Pose!
  • Tap!
  • Tap to play
  • Tap to start
  • Tap to start again
  • Tap to continue
  • Tap to change
  • Tap to change character
  • Tap and hold
  • Tap and swipe to change
  • Tilt head to the side
  • Tap to move around
  • Look down
  • Look left
  • Look right
  • Look up
  • Pick a face
  • Try it with a friend!
  • Try it with friends!
  • Don’t try with a friend!
  • Move closer
  • Tilt head from side to side
  • Tilt head back
  • Turn head to left
  • Turn head to right
  • Turn head
  • Blow a kiss
  • Kiss again
  • Close right eye
  • Close left eye
  • Wiggle eyebrow
  • Lower eyebrows
  • Raise eyebrows
  • Raise eyebrows again
  • Open mouth
  • Tap eyes
  • Don’t smile!
  • Pucker lips
  • Shake head
  • Nod head
  • Find a face
  • Aim camera at sky
  • Show hand
  • Switch camera
  • Flip camera
  • Switch camera to see more
  • Photosensitivity warning: this effect uses flashing lights

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 replace an existing effect. Only effects labeled as “Draft” or “Needs revision” can be replaced (“Active” effects can’t be replaced).

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.

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 dropdown 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.