How to Upload Videos to Youtube

Youtube allows you to broadcast yourself. No matter what you love doing, Youtube allows showcasing those skills online for the whole world to see. In this tutorial, you will learn how to upload videos to Youtube.

You will learn how to upload videos to Youtube via Computer, Youtube App, and mobile sharing feature.

Before you can upload a video to Youtube, you first need to create a Youtube channel. You can check our article on how to create a Youtube channel if you don’t already have one.

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How to Upload Videos to Youtube via computer

Step 1: Create the video. Of course, you need to create the video you want to upload on Youtube. It is against the rules to upload a video that is not yours or a video that you do not own copyrights to.

You can use your mobile phone to create a video, the camera quality doesn’t need to be Hollywood HD style. If you want to create a tutorial video where you need to record activities on your computer screen, you can use software like Screencast-o-matic.

Step 2: Sign in to Youtube. Once you have your video saved on your computer or mobile phone, sign into your Youtube account. If you have multiple Youtube channels on your account, switch to the channel you want to upload the video.

Youtube Sign in

Step 3: Click the upload icon. The Youtube upload icon can be located beside the search bar. Look at where the arrow is pointing in the image below for better clarification.

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Step 4: Select the video source. Click on the upload video icon and select where the video file is located on your computer.

Step 5: Upload the video. Once you find the video on your computer, click the open button to upload. Allow the video to upload completely.

Step 6: Add video information. In this part, you can give your new video a name, change the name of the video, add video tags, choose a thumbnail for your video (more on this later).

Youtube video description

Step 7: Hit the publish button. Once you are done with adding your video information, hit the publish button.

Congratulations, your video is now live.

How to Upload Videos to Youtube via Youtube App

Step 1: Open the Youtube app on your phone. This app comes preinstalled on Android phones, you can download the Youtube app if it’s not on your device from the Play store. iOS users can download the Youtube app from the Apple App store.

Step 2: Log in to the app with your Google account.

Step 3: Once you are logged in, click on the video icon at the top bar.

Youtube mobile upload

Step 4: Select the video from the available videos on your mobile device.

Step 5: Enter the title of the video, description and choose the privacy settings for the video.

Youtube description

Step 6: Click the send icon at the top of the app to upload the video. Wait for the video to upload.

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How to Upload Videos to Youtube via Share Feature

The share feature allows you to share or upload videos to Youtube from your mobile phone without the Youtube app. For this to be possible, you must have the Youtube app installed on your mobile phone.

Once the app is installed, follow the steps below;

Step 1: Locate the video you want to upload to Youtube from your phone gallery or video player.

Step 2: Open the video.

Step 3: While the video is playing, click the share icon and select Youtube from the list of options. On some devices, you won’t see Youtube as an option until you click “see more” or “see all”.

Step 4: Enter the title, description and privacy settings for the video.

Step 5: Click the send icon to upload the video.

Basic Youtube Upload Settings

After you have successfully uploaded your video, there are some tweaks you need to make to your video to make it more visible to search engines.

Youtube Video Description

The video description feature on a video allows you to explain what your video is all about. Through this feature, you can put links to citations. If you are trying to use your video to sell a product, you can use the video description to describe your products and put a link to a website where customers can buy the product.


The video title is the name of the video. You should consider putting an interesting title to encourage people to want to watch your videos.

Video Thumbnail

On Youtube, a thumbnail is a snapshot for a video. It is the image every user will see before playing a video. Video thumbnails can also be called video icons.

However, when you upload a video, Youtube automatically generates thumbnails for your video for you to choose from. Although, you can upload your own video thumbnail.

You can add a Youtube video thumbnail after you have uploaded the video or while you edit the video. Visit the Youtube video Manager, click on edit, select a thumbnail or click custom thumbnail to add a thumbnail to your video.

Video thumbnail

A video thumbnail is a very important part of a Youtube video. A fascinating thumbnail encourages visitors to watch your videos. There are many tools online you could use to create Youtube video thumbnails or you could hire a graphic designer on Fiverr.

Are you having issues uploading your video on Youtube? Drop a comment below so we can put you through.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope that you have learnt how to upload videos to Youtube. If you enjoyed this article, you can also check how to get USA phone number for free.


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