How to Do the Ripple Effect in TikTok

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Undoubtedly, the ripple effect is one of the best ways to add wow factor to your videos. The smooth water waves even give the clips a touch of romance. But there is still no native option to do so.

There’s no reason to worry, though. If you want to know how to do this effect, we have you covered. Let’s jump right into the methods and requirements.

Before you start

This article assumes that you have already downloaded and installed TikTok. Equally important, make sure the app is updated on your Android or iOS device.

In addition, you must also update the software of the smartphone and have more than 50% charge on your battery. This is because the effect requires some computing power which is usually very battery intensive. After all, you are effectively shooting a video through an internet application.

With that in mind, you also need to have a stable Wi-Fi connection. Otherwise, the wave may not be as smooth as expected.

It is also possible to do the TikTok ripple effect on your tablet. But the process is much trickier, so it’s best to stick to smartphones.

That aside, it’s time to get down to business.

Ripple, ripple, ripple your videos

Whichever method you choose, the problem is finding the right video speed. As noted, you’ll be shooting in slow motion at around 0.5 speed for the smoothness you want. But this speed is not exactly set in stone, so feel free to experiment.

First method

The first step

Launch the TikTok app on your smartphone. For example purposes, this article uses TikTok for iOS, but the steps are the same on Android devices.

Tik Tok is having a ripple effect

Tap the plus icon to add a new video, then select the speed icon to start slow motion recording. The speed bar appears at the bottom of the screen and you need to press “0.5x”.

Second step

Press the record button and choose the recording duration. The 60s option may work better, but you can get lively waves at 15 seconds.

While recording, you need to quickly move/shake your phone towards and away from the object you are trying to record. And that’s it, your video with the ripple effect should be ready to publish.


Slowly moving your phone to and from the object won’t do you any good, because you really need to do it quickly. And you shouldn’t shake the phone left or right as the movement counteracts the ripples.

As you can imagine, this method requires a bit of practice before creating waves that look good.

Second method

The advantage of this method is that you don’t have to move your phone around like there’s no tomorrow. But it requires a little extra work and the Video Star app.

The first step

Open TikTok, tap the plus icon and record a slow motion video. As said, you don’t need to move or shake at all, just shoot and save the recording to your gallery or camera roll.

Second step

Go to Video Star, select the video and tap Edit for more actions. But first, you need to tap “Create Video” for the app to generate an editable recording.

Tik Tok Do Training Effect

Now select “Quick Split Scene” and choose where you want to perform the split. Then press “New” and choose “Re-Effect”. Select the magnifying glass icon to start the effect search and type wiggle in the search bar.

Tik Tok How to do a ripple effect

The slider at the bottom of the screen allows you to adjust the impact of the effect. And it is advisable to move it a little to the left to reduce the feeling of claustrophobia at 50% by default.

Third step

Finally, you can export the video, return to TikTok, and download it from your gallery or camera roll.


As of this writing, the Video Star app is only available on the Apple Store. But there are other video editing software that features the shake/ripple effect on Android.

More importantly, Video Star’s user interface is not really intuitive and it might take some getting used to before you master all the features and options. That said, the app offers one of the most comprehensive suites of editing tools.

And with a little practice, you’ll be able to create eye-catching videos that are comparable to those generated in Adobe Premiere for mobile devices.

Moreover, Video Star produces a different ripple effect than the manual method. For some users this is better because they have more control over the end result.

But the motion hack is awesome for some like fly-worthy ripples.

Waves galore

There are users who try to pull off the effect by putting their phone on maximum vibration while recording the video. But this usually causes image stabilization issues that render the clip useless. But if you manage to get it right, feel free to drop us a comment below.

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