Comparison: What is the difference between TikTok and TikTok Lite apps

There are differences between TikTok and its Lite version, which is designed not to affect phone storage – Photo: Kon Zografos / Pixabay

From a strict point of view, TikTok and TikTok Lite are not the same, despite appearing very similar. Both apps are designed for different types of users with different needs. While TikTok offers all the capabilities of this social network, its Lite version is somewhat limited and is the best option for people who don’t have much storage capacity on their devices but still want to use this popular app to interact with people from all over the world.

In addition to this difference, Androidphoria mentions four other peculiarities that differentiate these two versions:

  1. Videos tend to load very slowly in the Lite version of TikTok. Because it doesn’t have pre-loading of images, this helps the app perform better despite its low storage capacity.
  2. The full version is more geared toward creators, while the Lite version focuses more on watching videos. This becomes more apparent when it comes to using Lite to edit videos and discovering that it is not possible, as it is in the full version of TikTok. In that sense, the loading of sound-related effects that can normally be seen in most user posts is also restricted.
  3. TikTok Lite does not have some options that promote interaction between users, such as the ability to save a video, make duets, paste a foreign video to one of your own, create animated photos, or share gifs.
  4. TikTok Lite does not have the same configuration options as the full version, preventing you from doing many things. This includes the option to block users or upgrade to the Pro version.
  5. TikTok Lite is only available on Android devices, while the full version of TikTok is available on both, Android and iOS. This means that iOS users will need to use the full version of TikTok if they want to access all of the app’s features.

Since there are not many configuration options, TikTok Lite is not the most recommended option for creators looking to make money from the app’s creator fund, a kind of incentive to promote creativity in users and which is mainly aimed at people who have a high number of followers and whose interactions have skyrocketed in recent months.