How to upload a video to YouTube

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

YouTube has a staggering number of videos for users to watch, including anything from how to fix your dryer to the latest gadget reviews and cat videos. It can also be a great place to upload your videos for others to watch. To do so, follow the steps below.


You cannot upload videos to YouTube without an account. If you don't have one, visit our page on how to create a YouTube account.

How to upload your videos to YouTube

  1. Go to the YouTube website and click YouTube sign in button in the upper-right corner (if you're not already signed into your YouTube account).
  2. Click the Upload icon YouTube upload icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. On the next page, look for the upload section, as shown in the following image.

YouTube upload box


You can set your video's privacy setting by clicking the down arrow in the YouTube upload privacy button button.

  1. Click the Select files to upload button, or drag-and-drop the video.

You can also upload videos from Google Photos by clicking YouTube import button, next to Google Photos logo, in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  1. While your video uploads, you can add a description, tags and finalize your privacy settings.
  2. Once you're done, click the YouTube upload publish button button in the upper-right corner.