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. You can view Video Chapters in this example video.

How to Add Chapters to Your Videos Using Timestamps

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.

To add your own video chapters:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio on your computer.
  2. Go to the video you want to edit.
  3. Select EDIT VIDEO under the video.
  4. In the “Description” box of the “Video details” page, 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.

To use automatic video chapters:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio on your computer.
  2. Go to the video you want to edit.
  3. Select EDIT VIDEO under the video.
  4. Click Show More.
  5. Make sure the checkbox “Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)” is checked. By default, this box will be checked for all new uploads.
Note: Any video chapters entered into the description will override automatic video chapters. Not all videos are eligible for auto generated video chapters, and not all eligible videos will have auto generated video 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 opt out of using automatic video chapters:

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

  • Make sure the checkbox for "Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)" is not checked for that video.

OR 

  • In the “Description” box of the “Video details” page, add a list of timestamps and titles. Any info entered will override automatic video chapters.

To opt out of automatic video chapters for future uploads:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio on your computer.
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Upload defaults
  4. Click the Advanced settings tab.
  5. Make sure the checkbox "Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)" is not checked.
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