How to upload to YouTube on a web browser?

So you’ve made a video (or had one made) and you want to share it to your YouTube channel. But the question is, how to upload to YouTube on a web browser? It’s simple when you know how! Take a watch of the video below to find out more.

1) First of all, go to your YouTube homepage and look at the top right. You will see your profile picture, a bell, some squares and then a camera. When you hover over it, it will say create. If you click create, it will give you two options: upload video and go live. Click upload video.

2) From here, you can just drag and drop the file in. Or you can select files. Find the file that you want to upload, it should be an MP4 file or a .mov file, select it and click open. What it will do is upload your video in the background.

3) Whilst it is uploading, you can name your video. By default, it will just name it whatever the file name is.

4) In the description, you can tell people about what your video is – we would recommend getting in as much detail as possible for discovery purposes. Think about maybe a link to your Twitter feed, or Instagram feed, and you can also add hashtags at the top of the description.

5) If you scroll down, you can add a thumbnail. So a thumbnail is basically the front cover, the front door, of your video. It is a good idea to add a custom thumbnail – find out more here.

6) You can also add it in a playlist, which is a series of videos. This is good if you’re making episodes of things and for keeping videos organised on your channel. It’s important to select “No, it’s Not Made for Kids” unless your video is intended for kids.

7) On video elements, you can add an end screen. That means, at the end of the video, it will give the viewer some options of different videos to watch, or cards, which is where the video suggests different videos to watch while you’re watching it. When the video has finished processing, you can now add these, but sometimes these are still greyed out as the video’s uploading.

8) And then we go to visibility. So who we want to see it. Private means nobody can see it but you. Unlisted means anybody with the link can see it. And public just means anybody on YouTube can see it. You can also schedule the video, so that means you can publish it the day after, or the week after, or the year after, whatever you like. And you can even set a premiere, which means it will create a thumbnail and people can see that a video is coming out.

9) Now that the video is uploaded, you can see in the video section on the left, we can see all our videos. We can click on it, and we can still edit all the things that we saw before, so they’ve not gone. There are even more options where you can add subtitles.

10) Once you’re done, make sure you click Save

That’s how to upload to YouTube on a web browser – we hope that was useful. Why not head to our knowledge centre for more information and guidance, or reach out with any questions you may have.

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