How to share a YouTube video on smartphone and browser

Updated: 09/30/2020 by Computer Hope
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There are several reasons people like sharing a video with their friends and family. It might be funny, insightful, educational, or entertaining to watch. The following steps show you how to share a YouTube video using your smartphone with the YouTube app, or on your computer using your Internet browser.

Share a YouTube video on Android using the YouTube app

  1. Open the YouTube app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Find and tap the video you want to share.
  3. Under the title of the video, tap Share.

YouTube Android share

  1. For this example, we're going to copy the address of the video. To do this, at the top of the Share menu, tap Copy. This adds the YouTube video's address (URL) to your phone's clipboard so you can paste it into an e-mail, text, or share it to Facebook or other social media sites.

YouTube url copy android

  1. Once you've copied the link, go to the area you want to share the video. For this example, we'll use Facebook. In Facebook, at the top, tap the What's on your mind? link. Once tapped, a box appears for you to write a message. With your finger, press and hold for a second until the Paste box appears. Let go with your finger and tap Paste.

Facebook paste Android

This pastes a link with a thumbnail and description of the video to the message you're composing. Once you are ready to post the video, add any message you might want to write with it, and tap POST.

Facebook Android post

Share a YouTube video on iPhone or iPad using the YouTube app

  1. Open the YouTube app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Find and tap the video you want to share.
  3. Under the title of the video, tap Share.

YouTube share iPhone or iPad

  1. For this example, we're going to copy the address of the video. To do this, at the top of the Share menu, tap Copy. This adds the YouTube video's address to your phone's clipboard so you can paste it into an e-mail, text, or share it to Facebook or other social media sites.

YouTube copy iphone

  1. Once you've copied the link, go to the area you want to share the video. For this example, we'll use Facebook. In Facebook, at the top, tap "What's on your mind?"

Facebook what's on your mind box

This action opens a box for you to write a message. With your finger, press and hold for a second until the Paste box appears. Let go with your finger and tap Paste.

Facebook message paste iphone

This pastes a link with a thumbnail and description of the video to the message you're composing. Once you are ready to post the video, and any message you might want to write with it, tap POST.

Facebook message post iPhone

Share a YouTube video using your computer's Internet browser

  1. Open your browser and go to youtube.com.
  2. Find and click the video you want to share.
  3. Under the title of the video, click Share.

YouTube Share

  1. For this example, we're going to copy the address of the video. To do this, at the top of the Share menu, click Copy. This copies the YouTube video's address to your phone's clipboard so you can paste it into an e-mail, text, or share it to Facebook or other social media sites.

YouTube URL copy

  1. Once you've copied the link, go to the area you want to share the video. For this example, we'll use Facebook. In Facebook, at the top, click "What's on your mind?"

Facebook what's on your mind box

This action opens a box for you to write a message. In the box, with your mouse, right-click and then click Paste (or Ctrl+V). This pastes a link with a thumbnail and description of the video to the message you're composing.

Facebook message paste

Once you are ready to post the video, and any message you might want to write with it, click POST.

Facebook message post