TikTok users can send a virtual gift to their favorite creator during a live stream, offering yet another way to connect during a TikTok Live. TikTok offers creators a few tips for a successful live stream, including making sure to find somewhere quiet to film and having a plan in mind beforehand. For users who want to reward their favorite creators with a gift during a live stream, here’s how to get started.
TikTok creators need 1,000 followers to get started with TikTok Live, and TikTok also requires creators to be at least sixteen years of age in order to host a livestream. While anyone can join a TikTok Live just by tapping the two smiling faces button located in the Comments section, the host does have to provide permission — so it’s important to plan on joining a TikTok Live beforehand, if possible. Back in May, TikTok introduced Live Events, which let TikTokers post a video advertising the live stream in advance, while also allowing users to add that upcoming event to their calendar so they don’t forget about it.
In order to send gifts, TikTok says both the viewer and the TikToker have to be at least 18-years-old to send a gift or receive one. Viewers also need to buy virtual coins in the app, which they can do by tapping on the “Balance” button in Settings. From there, users can just tap on the “Recharge” button, and choose from an amount of coins to buy at various prices. For example, 65 coins cost $0.99, 330 coins cost $4.99, and the maximum amount of 16,500 coins costs $249.99. Once the user has enough coins and is watching a TikTok Live, they can then tap on the Gift button located by the comment section. Once tapped, the viewer can choose a gift in exchange for a certain amount of coins. As an example, a “Cry Laugh” gift costs 25 coins, while a “Bronze Gummy” costs 500 coins. All that’s then left to do is hit “Send” and the creator will see that they have received a gift during the Live.
After a creator has received a gift, TikTok may reward them with Diamonds. Diamonds are virtual credits that TikTokers can withdraw from their account and exchange for actual money, which is sent via a third-party payment app, such as a PayPal. So, not only can a user show their favorite TikToker how much they enjoy their content by sending a gift, but they can also help that creator earn money from TikTok. Considering how many creators use TikTok to earn revenue, it’s great to know that users can directly help their favorite creators to earn more.
TikTok also offers creators the option to create a playlist for their videos, which helps them to organize similar videos in a single place. Creating a playlist can benefit both the user and the creator, since it helps users find more videos that they are likely to be interested in, which means it increases views for those videos. TikTok is a great social media app for content creators, and features like gifts and playlists make it even better.