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TikTok: Users are getting a less Cluttered Viewing Experience

Some TikTok users have begun noticing a ďClear ModeĒ option, which lets them watch a video without the UI overlay that usually offers things like the favorite and comment regulators and other info about the video. 

TikTok guaranteed that itís currently testing the feature, but itís unclear how many people have access to it.

Those in the test group can access transparent mode by pressing and keeping on a video, then tapping the Clear Mode button on the menu. The same method can be used to exit manner transparently, and thereís also a button in the bottom right corner that will return you to the standard UI.

Activating transparent mode is a two-step process. If you start Clear Mode, youíll be able to watch a TikTok without all the window chrome, but if you scroll to the following video, the UI comes back, and youíll have to reenable transparent mode if you want to get the authentic full-screen video experience.†

Thatís not how youíd expect it to work, but it would make sense for the company to build the feature this way; it ensures that youíll at least have the chance to see who made the video and what sound itís using.

You will be able to use Clear Mode across TikTok ó it is available when you look at the For You page and on peopleís profiles, and even in videos that had been DMíd to you. However, it didnít show up for ads, and interestingly enough, it wasnít available when you will be screen recording. In theory, thatíll help prevent people from using Clear Mode to steal content and pass it off as their own.

You donít want to oversell this change, but it makes the app feel useable to me. Youíve always hated how the UI, which mainly contains the info you donít care about, covers up a significant percentage of the video you are trying to watch. Clear Mode solves that issue. 

TikTok is adding this feels like more substantial evidence that the company is focusing more on longer videos ó within the past year, the maximum time limit for TikToks has expanded from one minute to 10 minutes. While the UI being in the way of a 30-second video might only be a bit bothersome, you will not think many people want to watch something for 10 minutes while buttons cover up the main content and constantly moving text and icons.

Designing the mode to focus on longer-form content would also explain why you have to reenable it every time ó if thatís an intentional choice. While itís hard to justify activating the long-press menu and tapping the button to watch something less than a minute long, it makes more sense for something youíre settling down to watch.