Video Chapters

Video Chapters break up a video into sections, each with an individual preview. Video chapters add info and context to each portion of the video and let you easily rewatch different parts of the video. Creators can add their own video chapters for each uploaded video or rely on automatic video chapters. Creators can also opt out of automatic video chapters in YouTube Studio.

Note: Not all videos are eligible for automatic chapters, and not all eligible videos will have automatic chapters. If the channel has any active strikes, or if the content may be inappropriate to some viewers, the video chapters feature won't be available.

To add your own video chapters:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. In the Description, add a list of timestamps and titles.
    • Make sure that the first timestamp you list starts with 00:00. 
    • Your video should have at least three timestamps listed in ascending order.
    • The minimum length for video chapters is 10 seconds.
Note: this option will override automatic video chapters.

To use automatic video chapters:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. Click SHOW MORE and under Automatic Chapters select “Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)”. By default, this box will be checked for all new uploads.
Note: You can also allow automatic video chapters in bulk.

To opt out of using automatic video chapters:

To opt out of automatic video chapters for a specific video:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Upload defaults
  4. Click the Advanced settings tab.
  5. Under Advanced settings, uncheck  "Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)".

Watch how to add video chapters

Check out the following video from the YouTube Creators channel on how to add video chapters.

How to Add Chapters to Your Videos Using Timestamps

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