Uploading times vary depending on your file size, Internet bandwidth and upload traffic. Uploading can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If your upload seems stuck, or is taking a long time, it may be due to:
- File type and size: Your video's file type and video format determine its size. To make your uploads faster, encode your videos in one of these recommended formats.
- Slow Internet connection: Search 'Internet speed test' on google.co.uk to check your Internet connection. Slow or unstable Internet connection is one of the main causes of slow uploads.
- Heavy upload 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
If you had to quit your upload for any reason, you have up to 24 hours to continue uploading from where you left off. Return to youtube.com/upload and select the same file from your computer to continue.