YouTube comments: Replying, filtering and moderating
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 that you can follow the conversation.
Interact with comments on your smart TV
You can now view and interact with comments while watching content on your smart TV or game console. To view the comments for a video, go to the video's watch page and select the video's title. The About section will surface, featuring the video's comments panel. Select the comments tile to view a full list of comments for the video, including:
- Comments that the creator has pinned
- Liked count
- Reply count
Select a comment to read the comment in its entirety, view replies, like or dislike the comment.
To reply to or post a comment, sync your smart TV or game console with your phone and leave the comment using your phone.
To add a comment or reply:
- Open the YouTube app on your phone.
- Make sure that you're signed in to the same Google Account on both devices.
- A pop-up will open on your YouTube app, asking you to connect to YouTube on your TV.
- Tap Connect.
- Comments for the video that you are watching on your TV will load on the YouTube app, allowing you to seamlessly post and interact with them.
Post comments on a video
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 that you post on YouTube is publicly visible to users outside of your domain.
To add a comment
- Find the comment section under the video.
- Type in the Add a comment... box.
- Enter your comment.
- Click Comment.
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.
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.
- Click REPLY beneath a comment.
- Type in your comment.
- Click REPLY.
Add formatting to comments
Add style to your comment
You can use rich text to format your comment with common special tags, such as:
*bold text*→ bold
_italicised text_→ italics
-strikethrough text-→ strikethrough
Add links to your comment
If you add a URL to your comment, it will show as a hyperlink.
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.
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Go to a Community tab post.
- 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'.
Starting in May 2023, to pin comments, you must enable access to advanced features on your channel. Advanced features may take up to 24 hours after they're turned on to appear across your channel.
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.
- Sign in to YouTube.
- In the comments below a video, select the comment that you want to pin.
- Click More 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 its original position.
- 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.
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.
- Hover over the top-right corner of your comment.
- Click More .
- 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-hand 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.
Comment reminders, warnings and timeouts
Before you post a comment, you may get a reminder that's intended to encourage respectful interactions on YouTube. This reminder shows when our system finds that your comment could be considered offensive to others. Reflect on your comment, or review our Community Guidelines, before you post it.
Note: This reminder is only available for English and Spanish comments at the moment.
Comment removal warnings
After you post a comment, you may get a notification that says that the comment was removed. A comment may be removed when YouTube's system finds that your comments could be repeatedly violating YouTube's Community Guidelines. If you disagree with the removal, you can submit feedback here.
Comment timeoutsAfter you post a comment, you may get a notification that says that commenting has been paused for your account. Commenting may be paused when YouTube's system finds that you repeatedly left comments that could violate one or more of our Community Guidelines. Your ability to comment may be paused for up to 24 hours.