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.

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 Create .
  2. Select "Post."
  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 Create .
  2. Select "Post."
  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.

When you create a video post that shares a video by another creator, a notification may be sent to the original publisher 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 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.

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.

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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