Get started with YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts is a way for anyone to connect with a new audience using just a smartphone and the Shorts camera in the YouTube app. YouTube's Shorts creation tools makes it easy to create short-form videos that are up to 60 seconds long with our multi-segment camera.

Learn more about Shorts

In which countries/regions are Shorts creation tools available?

Shorts creation tools are available to everyone globally with the YouTube app.

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Missing Shorts creation tools?
If you don't see the option to 'Create a Short', make sure that you have the latest version of the YouTube app. Learn how to update the YouTube app.
How do I record a Short?

To create a short video on YouTube:

  1. Sign in to the YouTube app.
  2. Tap create  and then  Create a Short.
  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 that you recorded or tap redo  to add it back.
  6. Tap close  and then choose to Start again or to Save as draft and exit the camera. 
  7. Tap done "" to preview and enhance your video.
  8. Tap back  to return to the record screen. You can also tap back after you've made edits to Discard edits or to Save as draft and exit the editor. Saving a draft at this point saves any edits that you've made.
  9. Tap NEXT to add details to your video. From this screen, add a title (max 100 characters) and choose settings, like video privacy.
    Note: The default video privacy setting for creators aged 13–17 is private. If you're 18 or older, your default video privacy setting is set to public. Everyone can change this setting to make their video public, private or unlisted.
  10. Tap Select audience and then 'Yes, it's Made for Kids' or 'No, it's not Made for Kids' to choose your audience. Learn more about Made for Kids.
  11. Tap UPLOAD to publish your Short.
Get creative with Shorts!
Enhance your Shorts with various creative features in the YouTube app – Learn how.
How will viewers find my short videos?

We're always testing new ways to deliver content to viewers. This is especially true for Shorts.

At the moment, viewers may find your Shorts by tapping Shorts  at the bottom of the YouTube app. They may also find Shorts:

  • On the YouTube homepage.
  • In their notifications.
  • Checking their Subscriptions.
  • Featured on your channel homepage. Learn how to customise your channel layout.
  • Once they tap into a Short, viewers can scroll to watch more short videos.

Wherever they find them, subscribers gained from watching your Shorts count towards Creator Awards programme milestones.

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 Add hashtags to your video.

Can I earn money from my short videos?

Short-form video creators do not share revenue from advertisements played in the Shorts player at the moment. We've instead started the YouTube Shorts Fund, a $100M fund for creators who help us build the future of short-form video on YouTube.

Looking for more tips to get started with Shorts?
Download our Shorts getting started guide.

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