Engage with viewers in the Community tab

Creators with access to the Community tab can interact with viewers using rich media. Community posts can include polls, GIFs, text, images, and on-demand 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.

Note: Community is still in beta and we are testing with various audiences.

Comments on Community posts may be disabled for channels with one or more Community Guidelines strikes. Learn how to appeal a Community Guidelines strike.

If your channel has been selected for the Community tab but you don't see it, 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. 

Create a text post

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Enter your post in the text field.
  4. Click Post.

Create an image or GIF post

Keep in mind that all images must follow YouTube Community Guidelines.

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Below the text field, click the image icon
  4. Select an image or animated GIF from your computer. 
  5. Click Post.

Create a video post

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Below the text field, click the video icon
  4. Choose a video using one of these options:
    • Search for a YouTube video.
    • Paste in a YouTube video URL.
    • Select a video from your YouTube channel.
  5. Click Post.

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.

Create a poll

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Click the text field, then click on the poll icon .
  4. Enter a question in the text field. 
  5. Enter answers in the "Add option" fields.  
  6. If you need more answer fields, click +Add another option and enter the question(s) and answer(s).
  7. Click Post.

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. 

  1. Navigate to a Community tab post.
  2. 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

You can mention other YouTube channels in your Community posts on a computer by typing @ followed immediately by the channel name. The channel may get a notification that you’ve mentioned them. Viewers can click on the mention from any device and go directly to that channel page. 

Moderate comments

You can hold potentially inappropriate English comments on your Community posts as well as videos for you to later review. This can make it easier for you to moderate comments on your channel. Learn more about this feature.

Enable on new videos, Community posts and channel comments

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Click on your account icon , then click Creator Studio.
  3. In the left menu, select Community > Community Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Default Settings" section.
  5. 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 30 days after your account gets access to the Community tab. 

To access the activity log, go to www.youtube.com/comments.

How notifications work

Viewers will occasionally get Community post notifications if they are opted into bell notifications (either "All" or "Occasional") and have selected to "Include creator posts."
Viewers may opt out of post notifications by unchecking "Include creator posts" or by selecting "None" in the bell settings.
We may occasionally send post notifications to viewers who are not subscribed but frequently watch videos from your channel. To learn more about viewer notification settings, click here.
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