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Engage with viewers in the Community tab

Creators with access to the Community tab can interact with viewers using rich media from the Community tab. Community posts can include polls, GIFs, text, images, and on-demand video. You can go to your Community tab at this link:

Community posts help provide additional reach on YouTube and engagement with your audience. They always appear on the Community tab, and may appear in Home or the Subscriptions feed.

This feature is only available on select channels in beta and is not accepting new participants at this time. Learn how viewers can respond to your posts.

Note: As you get the Community tab, it will replace the Discussion tab. You can access or delete any comments left on the Discussion tab for 30 days after receiving the Community tab. Follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to on your computer.
  2. Go to your comment history.

Open the YouTube Android app and sign in to YouTube to follow the instructions. 

Go to your Community tab

  1. Tap the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Select the Community tab.

Post to your community tab from any tab

  1. Tap Create .
  2. Select Post.

Create a text post

  1. Tap the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Tap the Community tab.
  3. In the text field, enter your text and tap Post.

Create an image or GIF post

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

  1. Tap the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Tap the Community tab. 
  3. Below the text field, tap the image icon .
  4. Select an image or animated GIF from your device's photo library. Only use images that you have permission to use. You can also include text content with your image post.
  5. Tap Post.

Create a video post

On mobile devices, you can share videos directly in your Community tab.

  1. Go to the video that you want to share.
  2. Tap Share Share > Share....
  3. Select Create a post.
  4. Type your message and tap Post or Send .

To see your post, tap View at the bottom of the screen. The video will show directly in your Community tab and your subscribers will see it in the My Subs tab.

Note: When you create a video post that shares a video by another creator, a notification will be sent to the original publisher of the video. This helps creators acknowledge when other creators are sharing their videos. 

Create a live stream post

  1. From the home screen, tap Record Video camera
  2. Tap Live > Public > Next.
  3. Choose a title, then tap Next.
  4. Select a thumbnail for the post. 
  5. Choose the broadcast orientation by turning your device to landscape or portrait view (make sure rotation is enabled on your phone).
  6. Tap Share > Create a post.
  7. Add post text, then select Post.
  8. Tap Go Live.
  9. To end the stream, tap Finish.
Add hearts to favorite comments

You can use a heart icon  to show appreciation for a viewer's comments on your Community tab, in addition to comments on the watch page and channel.

  1. Tap the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Tap the Community tab. 
  3. Go to a post, and tap the heart  next to the thumbs up / thumbs down icons.
  4. You'll see a "comment loved" confirmation message.

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."

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