One of the biggest social media platforms in the world TikTok offers users a unique experience. 

With the chance to earn and buy TikTok coins, the in-app currency on the video-sharing platform. 

For those that use the app to watch videos instead of making content, you might be a bit confused about what the coins are and how you can use them. 

Well, you're in luck as we've created a quick and easy explainer on the coins and what you can spend them on. 

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What are TikTok coins?

The coins were created so fans and users of TikTok can show their support to their favourite creators in a financial way. 

The virtual tip allows you to send gifts to creators which can range from a thumbs-up sign to a pure royalty crown. 

For content creatures, TikTok coins can be used to boost posts so you reach a wide audience. 

How do you use TikTok coins? 

You can use the coins in three major ways, sending gifts on TikTok Live, sending gifts in comment sections and buying a TikTok promotion. 

Sending gifts on lives vary in price and is shown by different emoticons.

When a creator has stocked up enough gifts, they can exchange them for money, much like a virtual tip. 

When you send a gift, a notification will appear onscreen for everyone watching, including the creator, meaning the creator can thank the gift sender in real-time.

To send a gift, you click on the gift box icon and select your gift and hit send. 

Sending gifts in comments is much the same as sending in a live, you open the comment section, select a gift and choose before sending your gift. 

Last but not least, you can buy a TikTok promotion through TikTok Promote which allows you to boost a video for a set amount of days. 

To do so, you'll need to choose a video to promote tap the three dots, tap the fire icon and choose the goal of promotion. Then hit select and your video will be promoted.