Get started with YouTube Shorts

Shorts is in beta. Everyone can watch Shorts, but YouTube’s short-form video creation tools are only available in some countries/regions. We’re gradually expanding to more creators around the world – Learn more.

YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts is a way for anyone to connect with a new audience with just a smartphone and the Shorts camera in the YouTube app. YouTube’s Shorts creation tools makes it easy to create videos that are up to 60 seconds long with the option to capture multiple clips.

You can also use various creative features, including:

   Music & sound: Add a song or use other audio to create your own Short.

  Text: Add text after recording a Short and use  Timeline to control when it appears and disappears.

  Speed: Choose to accelerate or slow down recording.

  Timer: Set the countdown to record hands-free and choose when to automatically stop recording.

Creators outside of the Shorts beta can still get started creating Shorts. Upload a vertical video up to 60 seconds and include #Shorts in the title or description of your video to help our system recommend your Shorts across YouTube.

Learn more about Shorts

In which countries/regions are Shorts creation tools available?

We introduced our Shorts beta in India last year. Since then, we’ve expanded the beta to everyone in the U.S. We’re now rolling out to even more countries/regions around the world.

Creators in the following countries/regions can now use the latest YouTube app to create Shorts:

  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
How do I record a Short?

To create a short video on YouTube:

  1. Sign in to YouTube on mobile.
  2. Tap create  and then tap  Create a Short beta.
  3. To make your Short longer than 15 seconds, tap 15 above the record button to record up to 60 seconds (60).
    Note: Recording with music from our library or the original audio from other videos is limited to 15 seconds.
  4. To record a clip, hold the capture button  or tap it to start recording and then again to stop.
  5. Tap undo  to remove the previous video clip you recorded or tap redo  to add it back.
  6. Tap done " " to preview and enhance your video and then tap NEXT to add details to your video.
  7. Add a title (max 100 characters) to your short video.
  8. Tap UPLOAD to finish.
How will viewers find my short videos?

We’re always testing new ways to deliver content to viewers. This is especially true for Shorts. Right now, viewers may find your Shorts:

Include #Shorts in your short video’s title or description to help our system recommend your Shorts across YouTube.

For more info on hashtags on YouTube, go to Use hashtags for video search.

What audio can I use in my short videos?

Accompany your Shorts with a song from our music library. These tracks are free to use, but only for personal, non-commercial use, unless you have the appropriate licenses. Here’s how to get started:

  • To find our music library when you’re ready to record, tap  Add Music. Select a song and then record up to 15 seconds.
  • To add music after you record, tap  Music at the bottom of the edit screen. Music picked from our library is limited to 15-second clips.

You can also use other audio to create a Short. For example, you can sample the sound from an eligible Short to create your own short-form masterpiece. Learn more.

If you upload a short video you’ve created elsewhere, make sure that any copyright-protected material you’ve used is approved for your use on YouTube. Using copyright-protected material without getting appropriate rights could lead to you getting a Content ID claim. Also if a copyright owner sends us a valid and complete copyright takedown notice against your short video, it may be removed, and you could get a copyright strike.

Can I earn money from my short videos?

Short-form video creators can’t share revenue from advertisements played in the Shorts player. Instead, we've started the YouTube Shorts Fund to reward creators for their contributions to Shorts. We'll be using this fund to help creators monetize their videos while we begin testing ads and work on longer-term monetization solutions.

YouTube Shorts Fund

The YouTube Shorts Fund is a $100M fund for creators who help us build the future of short-form video on YouTube. Anyone, including creators in the YouTube Partner Program, is eligible to participate in the fund simply by creating unique Shorts that resonate with the YouTube community.

Later this year, we’ll reach out to thousands of creators each month whose Shorts get the most engagement to reward them for their contributions. Learn more in our blog.


Looking for more tips to get started with Shorts?
Download our Shorts Getting Started Guide.

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