How to upload a video to YouTube

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope
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YouTube has thousands of videos available, including anything from how to fix your dryer to the latest gadget reviews. It can also be a great place to upload your videos for others to watch. To do so, choose the method for how you access YouTube and follow the steps below.


You cannot upload videos to YouTube without an account. If you don't have one, see: How to start a YouTube channel.

Uploading videos to YouTube on a computer

This section contains steps for those who are using a desktop or laptop computer to access YouTube through the website.

  1. Access the YouTube website and click YouTube sign in button. in the upper-right corner (if you're not already signed in to your YouTube account).
  2. Click the Create icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

YouTube Create icon

  1. Select Upload Video from the drop-down menu.

Upload video selector on YouTube.

  1. In the prompt that appears, you are given the option to drag-and-drop your video or click Select Files to select it manually.

YouTube upload box

  1. Once your video uploads, there are three steps to follow. The first has you enter a title, description, and select a thumbnail (optional). Also, you need to indicate whether or not your video is appropriate for children to comply with the COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) guidelines. When you're done, click the Next button button.
  2. The following screen lets you set up cards at the end of your video.
  3. YouTube then checks your video for issues. Click the Next button button.
  4. The final screen lets you choose privacy settings.

Privacy settings for a YouTube video upload.

  1. Once done, click the YouTube upload publish button button in the bottom-right corner.

Uploading videos to YouTube on the mobile app

This section contains instructions for those who are accessing YouTube through the app on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

  1. Open the YouTube app on your mobile device.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Create button.

Create button on YouTube mobile.

  1. Tap the Upload a video selector.

Upload a video selector on YouTube mobile

  1. Select the video you want to upload and then tap the Next button in the lower-right corner.

Preview of selected video for upload in YouTube app.

  1. Review the fields below the video and make any desired edits. For instance, you may want to add a description or adjust the visibility or comment settings. When you're finished, tap the Next button in the upper-right corner.

Video upload options on YouTube mobile.

  1. Adjust the audience/age restrictions for the video, then tap the Upload video button at the bottom of the screen.

Adjusting the audience settings and uploading a video on YouTube mobile.

  1. If successful, you'll see your new content in the Videos section.

Successfully uploaded video on YouTube mobile.