Engage viewers with Community posts
Creators with access to the Community posts can interact with viewers using rich media. Community posts can include polls, GIFs, text, images, and video. Community posts help provide additional reach on YouTube and greater engagement with your audience. They always appear on the Community tab, and may appear in Home or the Subscriptions feed. Learn how viewers can respond to your posts.
Creators with over 1,000 subscribers have access to Community posts. It will take up to 1 week to see the Community tab after passing 1,000 subscribers. The Community tab may also be available to other channels as we continue testing this feature.
If your channel is eligible for Community posts, but you don't see the Community tab, you'll need to enable the custom channel layout. You can change these settings from your computer by following these instructions. The custom layout must be enabled for the Community tab to be visible.
Sign in to YouTube on a computer to follow the instructions.
Follow these steps to create a new Community post.
- Sign in to YouTube.
- At the top of the page, select Upload Create post.
- In the box at the top:
- Type a message to create a text post or add text to an image, GIF, or video post.
- Choose to create a video , poll , or image post.
- Select Post.
If you have community posts enabled, you can post playlists or music from Artists that you enjoy. Learn more about Community posts here.
- Click Create in the upper right hand corner .
- Select "Create Post."
- Click on the text field.
- Paste in the playlist URL.
Tip: Look for “playlist” in the URL to ensure you’re sharing a playlist, and not simply a video within a playlist context. Example: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=<playlist ID >. Learn more about finding the playlist URL
You can create a text post by typing your message in the text box at the top of the Community tab. You can post your text by itself, or with a video, image, or GIF. Text posts can’t be combined with polls.
Image and GIF posts
If you choose to upload an image with your post, you’ll be prompted to select an image or animated GIF from your computer.
Keep in mind that all images must follow YouTube Community Guidelines.
If you choose to add a video to your post, you can either:
- Search for a YouTube video
- Paste in a YouTube video URL
- Select a video from your YouTube channel
When you create a post that shares a video by another creator, a notification may be sent to the original uploader of the video. This helps creators acknowledge when other creators are sharing their videos.
Note: To ensure your viewers don't see the same content multiple times in their Subscriptions feed, Community posts featuring a video which is already in their Subscription feed might not show again.
If you choose to add a poll to your post, you’ll be asked to:
- Enter a question in the text field.
- Enter answers in the "Add option" fields.
- If you need more answer fields, click +Add another option and enter the question(s) and answer(s).
Note: Poll options can be 65 characters max.
Add hearts to favorite comments
You can use a heart icon to show appreciation for a viewer's comments on your Community tab comments, in addition to comments on the watch page.
- Navigate to a Community tab post.
- Look for the heart icon 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."
Mention other channels in a post
Enable on new videos, Community posts and channel comments
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Click on your account icon , then click Creator Studio.
- In the left menu, select Community > Community Settings.
- Scroll down to the "Default Settings" section.
- Select Hold all comments for review or Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review.
Access to the Discussion tab
The Community tab replaces the Discussion tab. Comments from the Discussion tab can be accessed in the activity log and will be available for at least 30 days after your account gets access to the Community tab.
To access the activity log, go to www.youtube.com/comments.
See previous Community posts
You can see a history of all of your previous Community posts on the Community tab.
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Select your profile icon > My channel.
- Select the Community tab.