YouTube Stories for creators

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. To learn strategies for creating effective stories, visit the Creator Academy. 
Note: The Stories feature is currently in beta and available to all eligible channels with over 10,000 subscribers. It may take up to 4 weeks for Stories to show up after reaching 10,000 subscribers.

Create a story

  1. Sign in to YouTube on mobile.
  2. Tap the camera , then Story .
    • If you don't see the  Story option, your device is not compatible with Stories at this time.
  3. Tap the capture button  to take a photo, or hold it down to record a video.
  4. Add effects like music Music note, filters , stickers , and text . You can also trim your story  or save it to your camera roll .
  5. Tap Post.

You can also select a video or image from your mobile device to add to your story.

Mention another creator in your story

When editing your story, you can mention another creator with the mention sticker.

  1. Select stickers .
  2. Select the mention sticker.
  3. Search for the creator you’d like to mention.
  4. Tap on their channel icon to select them.

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 Menu .
  4. Tap Delete.

Highlight viewer comments in a new story

You can highlight and respond to comments from viewers with a comment sticker in your next story.

  1. Go to your story by selecting your channel icon from the Subscriptions feed or from the Stories row on Home.
  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 dragging with two fingers.

FAQ

Where do Stories appear?

Stories are on mobile only and appear on the Stories tab of your channel page. They may show on the Subscriptions feed to subscribers. In addition, all viewers may see your Stories on Home and on some watch pages.
You can view your own story by tapping your channel icon in the Stories row on mobile Home or on the Subscriptions feed.

How do I check views, comments, and likes for my story?

You'll see the number of views, comments, and likes on each of your own story posts 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, comments, and likes on an active story.

Note: Viewers can’t see the number of views, comments, or likes on your story.

Can I moderate comments on my 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.

How long do comments on Stories last?

Comments on Stories 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. 

Can I turn off notifications for views on my Stories?

By default, creators receive notifications about views of their Stories and subscribers resulting from their Stories. At this time it isn’t possible to turn off notifications just for Stories. Story notifications are part of notifications for “Activity on my videos or channel”. 

To turn off notifications for activity on your videos and channel:

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a mobile device.
  2. Select your profile picture and then Settings.
  3. Select Notifications.
  4. Toggle off “Activity on my videos or channel”.

Where can I manage my Stories?

To manage Stories, open the Videos page of YouTube Studio beta. At the top of the Videos page, click Stories. From here you can:
  • Manage copyright claims and strikes on your Stories
  •  Download a story
  •  Delete a story
How do I manage stickers in my Stories?
Here's how to manage stickers in your Stories.
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