YouTube is without a doubt the most popular video platform out there. You can promote all sorts of things on it and reach to millions of people to get your message out. But, you may have avoided uploading your video thinking that uploading a video might be too confusing for beginners.
Don’t worry; uploading your first video to YouTube is not as difficult as you may think. The following guide will explain everything you need to know on how you can easily upload any video to your YouTube account.
Uploading From YouTube on a Desktop Computer
To get things started, make sure that you’ve signed into the account you want to upload the video to. Click on the camera icon to the right of the search bar and click on Upload a Video.
In the next section is where you’ll need to select the video you want to upload. Click on the arrow pointing up and your files window will appear. The privacy of the video is going to be set public automatically. If in the future, you want to make a video private, make sure to change this.
The public and private option are self-explanatory, but the unlisted option means that your video will not show up in search results. Users would only see the video if they go to your channel or click on a direct link. The scheduled option means that your video won’t be published immediately, your video will be posted at the time you set up.
Managing Your YouTube Video
The uploading process will only take a few seconds, and when your video is ready to be managed, you will see a blue line with the words Processing Done.
In the Basic info tab, you’ll need to give your video a name, a description, and tags that will help YouTubers find the video. If you want your video translated into another language, click on the Translations tab. Select the original language tab and select your video’s original language and the language you want the video translated to.
In the Advanced settings tab, there are various options for you to choose from. You can either allow or disable comments, choose a category, allow embedding, age restriction, caption certification, content declaration, syndication, 3D video, and license and rights ownership.
With the Basic info tab, it’s time to choose a thumbnail for your video. You’ll only be able to choose between the three thumbnails YouTube will show at the bottom of this tab. Once you’ve chosen your favored thumbnail click on the blue done button at the top.
Your video is now officially on YouTube. If you ever want to make any changes to it click on your profile picture and choose the Creator Studio option. Creator Studio will allow you to see the analytics of your video. To make any changes to your videos, click on the Video Manager option that will also be under Creator Studio.
Uploading Video From iOS
Uploading a video is also an easy task for iOS users. Open YouTube and tap on the camera icon at the top. You can either choose to upload a video you already have on your camera roll, or you can record a new one. If you decide to record a new video, you will need to give YouTube access to your device’s camera in Settings.
Once you’ve chosen your video, it’s time to either trim it, add filters, or add music. When your video is ready, tap on the blue Next option at the top right.
The next window will give you options such as adding a title to your video, making the video public/unlisted/private, and you can also add a location as well. Don’t forget to add a title to your video too. When you’ve filled that information out, tap on the upload option at the top right, and you’re good to go.
Uploading Video From Android
To upload a video to YouTube on your Android device, tap on the camera icon at the top. For first time access, you will need to give YouTube access to your files, unless you want to Go Live or Record a new video (YouTube will need permission to your camera).
Just like on the other platforms, you’ll need to add the necessary details to your video. You can add info such as title, description, privacy, and you can add your location. When you’re ready to upload your video, tap on the blue send arrow.
Once you’ve uploaded your video, it will appear in the videos list. Tap on the three dots and tap any of the options it offers such as save to watch later, save to playlist, delete, edit, and share.
No matter what platform you choose to upload your video, uploading a video to YouTube is not rocket science. Once you know the steps to take, you won’t even have to look at the instructions next time. Are you ready to upload your video to YouTube?