Add cards to videos

Poll Cards going away soon

Poll cards will be discontinued across all channels after June 10, 2020. This feature was rarely used and we’re removing them to focus on other creator tools. You can still use comments to review feedback from viewers and eligible creators can use Community posts to engage with viewers. You have until July 10, 2020 to download your data for your poll cards. For videos that have integrated poll cards within the video, consider using the trim feature in YouTube Studio.
You can use cards to make your videos more interactive. Cards can have links to other channels and more.

Cards aren’t available on videos set as made for kids.

Add cards to a video

To add cards to a video, follow the steps below. Up to a total of 5 cards can be added to one video.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Click the video you’d like to edit.
  4. Click the Cards box.
  5. Select Add card. Next to the type of card you want to add, select Create.
  6. Customize your card and click Create card.
  7. Change the start time for the card below the video.
  8. Changes are automatically saved.

Types of cards

Here are the different types of cards that you can use to customize your content. You can also use YouTube Analytics to get performance reporting for cards.

Channel cards

Link to a channel that you'd like to call out to your viewers. For example, you could use a card to thank a channel that contributed to your video. You could also use a channel card to recommend another channel to viewers.

Donation cards

Creators in the United States who want to fundraise for a U.S. nonprofit organization can raise funds by putting YouTube donation cards on their videos.
Follow these instructions to add donation cards on your videos so that viewers can make donations directly to a U.S. nonprofit organization of your choosing. 
Link cards
Access to creator features
Note that, in general, your channel needs to be in the YouTube Partner Program in order to access certain features, such as end screens and cards that link to associated websites, crowdfunding, or merchandise sites.
Channels that are no longer eligible for the YouTube Partner Program based on criteria that launched on February 20, 2018, will continue to have access to these features as we develop new eligibility criteria. Get more information in our YPP FAQs

Associated website cards

Link directly to your associated website from your video. You need to add an associated website to your account to use this card.

Crowdfunding cards

Link viewers directly to your creative projects on one of these approved crowdfunding URLs.

Merchandise cards

Promote licensed merchandise directly from your video. Make sure your URL is on the list of approved retailer URLs.

Poll cards

Poll cards will be discontinued across all channels after June 10, 2020. You can still use comments to review feedback from viewers and eligible creators can use Community posts to engage with viewers.

Video or playlist cards

Link to another public YouTube video or playlist that viewers might be interested in. You can choose to link to a specific time in a video.

How viewers can interact with cards 

Cards are designed to complement videos and enhance the viewer experience with relevant info. As the system evolves, we plan to improve it to show the most relevant teasers and cards based on performance, viewer behavior, and the device they're using.

How viewers get to cards

  • When a viewer is watching your video, they'll see a teaser for the time that you designate.
  • When the teaser isn't showing, viewers can hover over the player and click the card icon . On mobile, viewers can see the card icon whenever the player controls are showing.
  • When they click the teaser or the icon, they can browse cards on the video.

How cards can change your content

How cards show on videos

Cards are shown on the right-hand side of the video on a computer. Cards are shown below the video on mobile. If there are multiple cards on a video, viewers can scroll through them while the video is playing.

Who can see cards?

This feature is available to viewers on computers. This feature is not available on Adobe Flash.
Get pro tips on how cards can help viewers discover more of your content.
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