You can upload videos to YouTube in a few easy steps. Use the instructions below to upload your videos from a computer or from a mobile device.
Upload videos in YouTube Studio
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- In the top right-hand corner, click CREATE Upload video.
- Select the file you’d like to upload.
Note: You can upload up to 15 videos at a time. Be sure to click Edit on each file to edit your video details.
If you close the upload experience before you finish choosing your settings, your video will be saved as a draft on your Content page.
|Title||The title of your video. This field is required.|
|Description||Info that shows below your video.|
|Thumbnail||The image viewers will see before clicking your video.|
|Playlists||Add your video to one of your existing playlists, or create a playlist.|
|Audience||To comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), you’re required to tell us whether your videos are made for kids.|
|Age restriction||Age-restrict videos that may not be appropriate for all audiences.|
|Paid promotion||Let viewers and YouTube know that your video has a paid promotion.|
Add descriptive keywords to help correct search mistakes.
Tags can be useful if the content of your video is commonly misspelled. Otherwise, tags play a minimal role in your video's discovery.
|Language, subtitles, and closed captions (CC)||Choose the original video language and caption certification.|
|Recording date and location||Enter the date the video was recorded and the location where your video was filmed.|
|License and distribution||
Select if your video can be embedded on a different website. Indicate if you’d like to send notifications to your subscribers for your new video.
|Shorts permissions||Allow others to create Shorts using the audio of your video. Learn more.|
|Category||Select the category of your video, such as education or comedy.|
|Comments and ratings||Choose whether viewers can leave comments on the video. Choose whether viewers can see how many likes and dislikes are on your video.|
If you're in the YouTube Partner Program, you can use the ad suitability page to rate your videos against our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. This helps us make monetization decisions faster and accurately. Learn more about Self-certification.
|Subtitles and captions||Add subtitles and captions to your video to reach a broader audience. This option is available after your video is done processing.|
|End screen||Add visual elements to the end of your video. Your video must be 25 seconds or longer to add an end screen. This option is available after your video is done processing.|
|Cards||Add interactive content to your video. This option is available after your video is done processing.|
You can use the checks page to screen your video for copyright claims and if you're in the YouTube Partner Program, ad suitability. The Copyright check allows you to dispute a claim or edit and fix your video if issues are found. The ad suitability check allows you to request human review if you think our systems made a mistake. These checks help you learn about potential restrictions so you can address them before publishing.
- To publish your video now: Select Save or publish and choose your video’s privacy setting.
- To publish your video later: Select Schedule and pick the date you want your video to be published. Your video will be private until that date.
- To set up a Premiere, check the box next to “Set as premiere”. Unlisted and private videos can also be converted to Premieres after upload.
Watch how to upload videos
Check out the following video from the YouTube Creators channel on how to upload videos.
Learn more about uploading videosHow many videos you can upload per day
There's a limit to how many videos a channel can upload each day. If you get an error saying “Upload limit reached” when trying to upload a video, try again in 24 hours.
Limits may vary by region or channel history. Copyright strikes may impact channel history eligibility. Community Guidelines strikes will affect how much you can upload.
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Learn the difference between “upload” and “publish”
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Figure out why your video’s upload date and publish date are different
- Upload date: The date you uploaded your video. Shows next to your video on your Videos page.
- Publish date: The date your video became public. Shows beneath your live video and is always in Pacific Standard Time (PST).
These two dates can be different if:
- You uploaded your video as private or unlisted, and made it public later.
- You’re in a time zone that’s ahead of PST.