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: Higher resolution videos take longer to upload. For instance, a 4K video will take longer to upload than a 1080p video.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, we recommend that you let your video finish uploading to YouTube.

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 and select the same file from your computer.

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