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 videos.
- Select the file that you'd like to upload.
Note: You can upload up to 15 videos at a time. Make sure that you click Edit on each file to edit your video details.
If you close the upload experience before you've finished 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 that 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 US 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.|
You can add video chapter titles and timestamps to your videos to make them easier to watch. You can create your own video chapters or use the automatically generated chapters by ticking the 'Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)' tick box. By default, this box will be ticked for all new uploads.
Any video chapters entered will override automatic video chapters.
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 and caption certification||Choose the original video language and caption certification.|
|Recording date and location||Enter the date on which the video was recorded and the location where your video was filmed.|
|Licence 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.|
|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 Programme, you can
If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme, you can use the ad suitability page to rate your videos against our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. This action helps us make monetisation decisions faster and more accurately. Learn more about self-certification.
You can use the Checks page to screen your video for copyright claims and, if you're in the YouTube Partner Programme, 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 that our systems have made a mistake. These checks help you to learn about potential restrictions so that you can manage them before publishing.
- Save or publish: To publish your video now, select this option and choose Private, Unlisted or Public as your video's privacy setting. If you choose Public, you can also set your video as an instant Premiere.
- Schedule: To publish your video later, select this option and pick the date on which you want your video to be published. Your video will be private until that date. You also set your video as a Premiere.
Watch how to upload videos
Take a look at 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.
Upload audio files
Learn the difference between 'upload' and 'publish'
Upload vertical videos
Understand why your video's upload date and publish date are different
- Upload date: The date that you uploaded your video. Appears next to your video on your Videos page.
- Publish date: The date that 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.