Upload videos

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 in YouTube Studio beta

To upload a video, follow these steps to select your video file, and add your video's details and settings. If you close the upload experience before you finish choosing your settings, your video will be saved as a draft on your Videos page.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. In the top right-hand corner, select Upload  .
  3. Select Upload video (beta).
  4. Select the file that you'd like to upload.

Step 1: Add basic info

After you've chosen the video that you'd like to upload, use the Basic info tab to add important details to your video. This info is required to upload your video. If this info is missing, your upload will be saved as a draft on the Videos page.
  • Title: The title of your video.
  • Description: Info that appears below your video.
  • Thumbnail: The image that viewers will see before clicking your video.

Step 2: Choose advanced settings

Select Next to choose your advanced settings.
Note: Some features may not be available if your video is still being processed. You can always upload your video as 'Unlisted' and add these features after processing is complete. Learn how to change your video's privacy setting after upload.
  • Playlists: Add your video to one of your existing playlists, or create a new playlist to add it to.
  • End screen: Leave the upload experience to add visual elements to the end of your video.
  • Cards: Leave the upload experience to add interactive content to your video.
  • Subtitles and closed captions: Upload subtitles and closed caption files.
  • Video language: Choose the original video language.
  • Tags: Provide descriptive keywords to help correct search mistakes.
  • Category: Select the category of your video, such as education or comedy. 
  • Video location: Add the location where your video was filmed.
  • Recording date: Enter the date on which the video was recorded.
  • Licence and rights ownership: Choose between a standard copyright licence or a Creative Commons licence.
  • 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.
  • Additional settings:
    • Age restriction: Age-restrict videos that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
    • Embedding: Select if your video can be embedded on a different website.
    • Notifications: Indicate if you'd like to send notifications to your subscribers for your new video.
    • Paid promotion: Let viewers and YouTube know that your video has a paid promotion.

Step 3: Preview and publish

  1. Select the Preview & publish tab. 
  2. Select your video's privacy setting. Unlisted is a good privacy option to use to make sure that processing is completed before your audience sees your video. 
  3. Preview your changes and make sure that they follow YouTube policies before publishing your video.

If you're uploading a public video, you'll also see the option to set up a Premiere. Unlisted and private videos can also be converted to Premieres after upload.

Upload in Creator Studio 

Upload videos in Creator Studio Classic

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. At the top of the page, click Upload  .
  3. Select Upload video.
  4. Before you start uploading the video, you can choose the video privacy settings.
  5. Select the video that you'd like to upload from your computer. You can also import a video from Google Photos.
  6. As the video is uploading, you can edit both the basic information and the advanced settings of the video, and decide if you want to notify subscribers (if you untick this option, no communication will be shared with your subscribers). Partners will also be able to adjust their Monetisation settings. You can have a title of up to 100 characters and a description of up to 5,000 characters.
  7. Click Publish to finish uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to Private or Unlisted, just click Done to finish the upload or click Share to privately share your video.
  8. If you haven't clicked Publish, other people won't be able to view your video. You can always publish your video at a later time in your Video Manager.

Learn upload basics

Publish videos with any aspect ratio

After you publish a video, YouTube automatically changes the player to fit the video size.
  1. Don't burn in bars, as this prevents YouTube from displaying your video in the best way.
  2. Follow the steps to publish your video.

When you publish your video, YouTube will determine the best way to display the content. Whether the video is vertical, square or horizontal, the video will fit the screen.

For the best viewing experience on all devices, follow the steps above. The player automatically adjusts to the video on the YouTube mobile app and desktop.

Understand 'Published on' date on watch page

When you make a video public on YouTube, the 'published on' date on the watch page is based on Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you want to make a video public with a specific date on the watch page, make sure that your video is uploaded or scheduled to go public for that date in Pacific Standard Time.
You may see a different publishing date on the watch page from the one that you see in your Video Manager if you:
  • Upload a public video in a time zone ahead of PST.
  • Schedule a private video to go public at a specific time in a time zone ahead of PST. 

Understand video quality processing

When you upload a video, it will initially be processed in low resolution. This process helps you complete the upload process faster. Once the upload flow is complete, your video will be available to stream in low resolution on a wide variety of devices.
Higher resolutions, such as 4K or 1080p, can take more time to process. While this processing is carried out, your video may appear to be missing higher resolutions for several hours. Once high-resolution processing is finished, higher resolutions will be available on your video. Learn more about video processing after upload.
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