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Video stuck during upload

Tips for videos taking a long time to upload or that are stuck during upload.

Uploading times vary a lot depending on the format of your video, file size, Internet bandwidth, and upload traffic. This could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If you think that your video is taking too long to upload or is stuck during upload, you might be experiencing some of these issues:

  • File type and size: Take into account the type of file you’re trying to upload and its size, not just the length of the clip. The size of your video file is determined by the file type and video format. To make your uploads faster, it’s recommended to encode your videos in one of these recommended formats.
  • Slow Internet connection: Check your Internet connection. One of the main reasons why uploads take a long time is because your Internet connection is too slow or unstable.
  • Heavy uploads traffic: You might be uploading during a busy time. At some peak hours, your Internet Service Provider registers spikes of upload traffic and might take longer to upload your video to YouTube. Find out more about video performance on YouTube.
  • Resolution: HD video can be streamed in low resolution to a wide variety of playback devices as soon as the upload is complete. The availability of higher resolution versions should be available soon after. We’re constantly working on decreasing the processing time for video uploads. If you prefer to wait for availability of a specific resolution, then you can upload your video initially as unlisted video, and make it public once the video can be streamed in the desired resolution on YouTube.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, we recommend that you let your video finish uploading to YouTube. We’ll notify you when the upload is complete if your email settings are enabled.

Continue a previous upload

Don't waste your uploads progress! If you had to abandon your upload for any reason, you have up to 24 hours to continue uploading where you left off. Just go back to youtube.com/upload and select the same file from your computer.

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