Get started with 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.

YouTube Shorts

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How do I create Shorts?

You can upload vertical videos saved to your computer or smartphone as Shorts by following these instructions.

If you have a smartphone,  you can record a Short from the YouTube app. Here's how:

  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 15s in the upper-right corner 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 Capture "" 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 over 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 Start over 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 SHORT 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 Shorts?

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.
  • By searching your handle.
  • 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 Shorts?

Yes. You can now become eligible for the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) with Shorts. You can become eligible for YPP by gaining 1,000 subscribers with 10 million valid public Shorts views in the last 90 days. Learn more about earning money with YouTube Shorts.

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