Schedule video publish time

You can use scheduled publishing to schedule a private video to go public at a specific time.

Schedule a video to publish later

To schedule a video's publication time, you have to first set the video as "scheduled" or "private" on the upload page.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the top-right, click CREATE and then Upload videos.
  3. Select the file that you'd like to upload and enter your video details.
  4. On the “Visibility” tab, select Schedule​.
  5. Set the date, time, and time zone that you want your video to be published.
  6. Click Schedule.

Note: If your account has a Community Guidelines strike, your scheduled video won’t publish during the penalty period. Your video is set to “private” for the penalty period duration, and you have to reschedule it when the freeze period ends. Learn more about Community Guidelines strike basics.

Edit scheduled publication time

You can change the scheduled publish time or publish the video right away.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left Menu, select Content.
  3. Select the drop down on the video you want to edit in the “Visibility” column.
    • To change the scheduled publish time, make sure the visibility is Private, choose the new time under “Schedule”, then Schedule.
    • To publish the video immediately, select Save or publish and set the visibility to Public.
  4. Click PUBLISH.

'Published on' date on watch page

When you make a video public on YouTube, the date on the watch page is based on Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you want a certain date to show beneath your video, upload your video on that date. Alternatively, schedule it to go public on that date, in Pacific Standard Time.

You may see a different date on the watch page than the one you see in you see in YouTube Studio if you:

  • Upload a public video in a timezone ahead of PST
  • Schedule a private video to go public at a specific time in a timezone ahead of PST

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