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How To Upload a Video To YouTube in 2024

You’ve got a channel, you’ve got a video, and you’re ready to start posting to YouTube! All that’s left is to upload your content. In this article, we’ll explain how to upload a video to YouTube from your computer and from the YouTube mobile app.
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So, you’ve started a YouTube channel, found your content niche, and created some videos. Now you’re ready to publish those videos for the world to see. First, though, you need to upload them to the YouTube platform. 

In this article, we’ll take you step-by-step through how to upload a video to YouTube using a computer or the YouTube app. We’ll also guide you through YouTube’s video upload requirements so that you won’t have any trouble getting your content ready to view. 

YouTube Video Upload Requirements

Here are the YouTube upload requirements, as well as some of the formatting specifications that the platform recommends to raise the quality of your content. 

  • Your video file can’t be any larger than 256GB or 12 hours, depending on which one is less. 
  • YouTube prefers MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 formats for your video files:
  • YouTube says the typical frame rate for most videos is 24, 25, or 30 frames per second (FPS).
  • YouTube recommends uploading your video in its native aspect ratio (as in, using the aspect ratio that is native to your camera instead of editing it in post-production).
  • YouTube recommends a minimum resolution of 1280×720 pixels for a 16:9 aspect ratio and a minimum resolution of 640×480 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

How To Upload a Video To YouTube Using a Computer

Once you’ve ensured that your video meets YouTube’s requirements and specifications, you can upload it to your channel

Here’s how to do it using a computer. 

Step #1: Open your preferred web browser and log into your YouTube Studio account (at studio.youtube.com).

Click YouTube Studio

Step #2: Click +Create in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

Click +Create

Step #3: Click Upload videos.

Click Upload Videos

Step #4: Click Select Files and select the video(s) you want to upload from your computer files.

Select Files

Step #5: After selecting a video file: 

  • Enter Details such as the description, thumbnail, tags, audience, and more. 

Enter Details

  • In the Monetization tab, select how you’d like to monetize your video (if you’re in the YouTube Partner Program).
  • In the Ad Suitability tab, double-check that your content is advertiser-friendly. 
  • In the Video Elements tab, add subtitles, cards, and an end screen. 

Video Elements

  • In the Checks tab, have YouTube screen your video for potential copyright violations and ad suitability. 

Checks

  • Finally, in the Visibility tab, choose whether you want to save your video as Unlisted or Private, publish it now as Public, or schedule it to publish at a later date.

Step #6: Select Save, Publish, or Schedule depending on which option you chose in the Visibility tab in Step 5.

Publish

How To Upload a Video To YouTube Using the YouTube App

Next, learn how to upload a video to YouTube using the official YouTube app on your smartphone or tablet

The following steps work for Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads.

Step #1: Open your YouTube app and log into your account.

Step #2: Tap the + sign at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the + Sign

Step #3: Tap Upload a video.

Upload a Video

Step #4: Select the video file you want to upload.

Select the Video File

Step #5: Add your video details and set the visibility.

Add Your Video Details

Step #6: Go through your checks for copyright violations and ad suitability (if you’re a member of the YPP).

Step #7: Select your Audience and Tap Upload Video or Publish.

Tap Publish

What Is the Difference Between Upload and Publish on YouTube?

Many new YouTube creators confuse uploading their video with publishing it. In reality, they are two distinct actions. 

  • To upload your video to YouTube means to upload the file to the platform.
  • To publish your video means to make it watchable by other users

Uploading your video without publishing it right away is a convenient feature. It gives you the freedom to make your content public whenever you want. It also allows you to schedule a video to automatically publish at a later day and time.

Why Can’t I Upload a Video to YouTube?

If you’re having trouble uploading a video to YouTube, it could be because your internet signal isn’t strong enough. It could also be that your channel has violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, or that you haven’t performed 2-step verification to verify your identity for your channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Free to Upload a Video on YouTube?

Yes. Anyone can upload and publish a video to their YouTube channel for free.

How Do I Upload a Video From My Phone to YouTube?

Open the YouTube app, tap the + sign at the bottom of the homepage, and tap Upload a video.

Conclusion

Uploading your video to YouTube is the first step to introducing your amazing content to the world. Be sure your video is completely optimized to be viewed at the highest quality on the platform before you follow our step-by-step instructions to properly upload your video. 

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