YouTube stories for creators

As of October 18th, 2018, you will no longer be able to link to videos in Stories. We want to make this experience better for both our creators and our viewers, so we’re spending some more time working on this feature before releasing it.

Stories are short, mobile-only videos that allow you to connect with your audience more casually, on the go. Stories will expire after 7 days. They are currently in beta. 

Create a story

  1. Sign in to YouTube and tap the camera .
  2. Tap Story .
  3. To record, hold the capture button .
  4. To take a photo, tap the capture button .
  5. You can also select a video or image from your mobile device to add to your story. 

Edit a story

If you'd like to edit the video, you can:

  • Save to your camera roll
  • Trim
  • Add music
  • Add filters
  • Add text
  • Add stickers

Delete a video within a story

  1. Tap the story.
  2. Tap the player until you get to the video or photo you'd like to delete.
  3. Tap the three-dot Menu .
  4. Tap Delete.

Viewing stories

Stories appear on the Stories tab of your channel page and may show on your homepage or Subscriptions feed to both subscribers and non-subscribers.  If a viewer who isn’t subscribed to your channel is watching your story, they can subscribe to your channel directly from the story.

You can view your own story by tapping your avatar on the top row of your Subscriptions feed, or by visiting the Stories tab on your channel page.

You'll see the number of views on each post at the bottom of the player, or the total number of views across all posts in a story via the Stories tab on your channel page. You can only see the number of views on an active story.

Note: Viewers can’t see the number of views on your story. 

Respond to comments on a story

You can highlight and respond to comments from viewers in your story. To reply in a story:

  1. Go to your story by selecting your avatar from the Subscriptions feed or on the Stories tab on your channel page.
  2. Tap the Comments icon
  3. Below the comment you’d like to highlight in your next story, tap “Reply in Story".
  4. Record a video or photo with the app. 
  5. Tap “Post.”

You can adjust the position and size of the comment sticker in your story after recording your response by pinching and/or dragging with two fingers.

Note: This feature is currently an experiment and may only be available on some channels. 

Moderate Comments on a story

You can moderate comments directly in the story or in YouTube Studio. Comment moderation settings will apply to both video uploads and stories. Learn more about comment moderation here

Comments on a story will expire with the story after 7 days. However, you’ll be able to see comments on a story for 30 days in YouTube Studio. 

Note: This feature is currently an experiment and may only be available on some channels.

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