Post & interact with comments

If a video's owner has turned on comments, you can post comments and like, dislike, or reply to other people's comments on a video. You can also edit or delete any of your own comments. Replies to a comment are threaded beneath the original comment so you can follow the conversation.

Post comments on a video

Public videos

All comments on public videos on YouTube are public and anyone can reply to a comment that you post. If you're a Google Apps account user, any comment you post on YouTube is publicly visible to users outside of your domain.

To add a comment

  1. Find the comment section under the video.
  2. Type in the Add a public comment... box. On mobile, you may need to tap the comment section to expand it.
  3. Enter your comment.
  4. Click COMMENT.

Private videos

Comments are not available on private videos. If you want to allow comments on a video that's not publicly available, post an unlisted video instead.

Unlisted videos

You can comment and reply to comments on unlisted videos. Comments on unlisted videos can be seen by anyone who has the link to the video. Learn more about unlisted videos and privacy settings.

If you don't have a YouTube channel, by posting a comment you'll automatically create a channel. You can access and manage your channel by going to your profile picture after posting your comment.
Reply to comments
  1. Click REPLY beneath a comment.
  2. Type in your comment.
  3. Click REPLY.
Add formatting to comments
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Add style to your comment

You can use rich text to format your comment with common special tags, such as:

  • *bold text*bold
  • _italicized text_italics
  • -strikethrough text-strikethrough

Add links to your comment

If you add a URL to your comment, it will show as a hyperlink.

Add hearts to favorite comments

You can use a heart  to show appreciation for a viewer's comments on your Community tab comments, in addition to comments on the watch page. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to a Community tab post.
  3. Look for the heart  next to the thumbs up / thumbs down icons.

Viewers will see your avatar with a small red heart on the lower left and receive a notification (depending on viewer opt-in settings on desktop and mobile) that a channel owner "loves your comment."

Tip: You can also manage comments with the Creator Studio app on your mobile device. Get started in the YouTube Creator Studio app Help Center.
Pin comments to the top

Highlight a comment for your fans by pinning it to the top of the comment section. On mobile, viewers may need to expand the comment section to see the pinned comment. You can choose to pin your own comment or a fan comment.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. In the comments below a video, select the comment you want to pin.
  3. Click More  and then Pin . If you've already pinned a comment, this will replace it.
    Note: You can Unpin a comment at any time and the comment will be moved back to it's original position.
  4. Click PIN to confirm.

On desktop, viewers will see the pinned comment at the top of the watch page with a "Pinned by" icon and your channel name. On mobile, they may need to tap the comment section to expand it.

Tip: You can also manage comments with the Creator Studio app on your mobile device. Get started in the YouTube Creator Studio app Help Center.
Like or dislike comments

Go to a comment, then use the Like or Dislike  icon.

Tip: If you see a comment that you think is inappropriate, you can report it as spam or abuse. If you're a creator, you can also use the comment moderation tools to manage comments on your videos.

Edit or remove your comment
  1. Hover over the top right of your comment.
  2. Click More .
  3. Choose Edit  or Delete .

Comment previews FAQ

Which comments show up in this comment preview section?

A comment may show up in the comment preview section for many reasons. For example, the comment was:

  • Recently posted
  • Pinned or given a “heart” by the video creator

How do I view all comments?

To view all comments, tap anywhere in the comment preview section. 

To go back to the watch next video list, tap the X in the upper right corner.

Will my pinned comments show in the comment preview section?

Since there's limited space in comment preview sections, pinning a comment doesn’t guarantee that it will show up in the comment preview section. However, pinned comments will continue to show up as the first comment when someone taps to view all.

Do my current comment moderation settings apply to the comment preview section?

Yes. All comment moderation settings apply to the comment preview section, including blocked words and hidden users. Learn more about how to manage and moderate your comments.
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