Add cards to videos

Note: We’ve updated the way you link to external websites from cards and end screens. Previously, you had the option to link to an associated website or approved merchandise and crowdfunding websites. Now, eligible creators can link to any external website that complies with our policies, including our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.

You can use cards to make your videos more interactive. Cards can feature a video, playlist, channel, or link. 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 Content.
  3. Click the video you’d like to edit.
  4. Click the Cards box and select the type of card you want to add.
  5. Choose your specific video, playlist, channel, or link.
  6. Change the start time for the card below the video.
  7. Add an optional message and teaser text about the video. Note: Message and teaser text are required for channel cards.
  8. Click Save.

Types of cards

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

Video cards

This card allows you to link to a public YouTube video for your viewers to interact with. 

Playlist cards

This card allows you to link to a public YouTube playlist for your viewers to watch.

Channel cards

This card allows you to link to a YouTube channel for your viewers to engage with. For example, you can use a card to thank a channel that helped with your video or to recommend another channel to viewers.

Link cards

If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, this card allows you to link to an external website to share with your audience. You can also add end screens to your videos. 

Note: Make sure your linked external website complies with our policies, including our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. Violations can result in card or link removal, strikes, or termination of your Google Account.

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.
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