Add cards to videos

Note: If you're in YouTube Studio, click Creator Studio Classic in the left menu to follow these steps.

You can use cards to make your videos more interactive. Cards can have polls, 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 five cards can be added to one video.

  1. On a computer signed in to your account, go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to add cards to and select Edit.
  3. In the tab bar at the top, select Cards.
  4. Select Add card and choose what type of card you want.
  5. Next to the type of card that you want to add, select Create.
  6. If you haven't done so previously, for some link types select Enable first to accept the Terms and Conditions.
  7. Enter the URL where you want viewers to be sent from the card.
  8. Upload an image or select one of the suggestions from the site if applicable. Uploads need to be in .jpg, .gif or .png format and no larger than 5 MB. Keep in mind that this image will be cropped to be square.
  9. If applicable, edit the title, call to action and any other text (up to 30 characters). You can change the start time for the card teaser in the timeline below the video.
  10. Select Create card.

If you need to edit your cards in the future, just go to the Cards tab and select Edit  next to the card that you want to change. Cards aren't available for videos set as Made for Kids.

About cards

Watch the video below from Team YouTube to learn more about cards.

Types of cards

Here are the different types of cards that you can use to customise 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 make known 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 US non-profit organisation 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 US non-profit organisation of your choosing. 
Link cards
Access to creator features
In general, your channel needs to be in the YouTube Partner Programme in order to use certain features that link to associated websites, crowdfunding or merchandise sites.
Channels that are no longer eligible for the YouTube Partner Programme, based on criteria that launched on 20 February 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 that your URL is on the list of approved retailer URLs.

Poll cards

Engage with your viewers by presenting them with a poll and letting them vote on different options. Learn how to use cards to poll your 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 information. As the system evolves, we plan to improve it to show the most relevant teasers and cards based on performance, viewer behaviour and the device that 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 all of the 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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