how to upload videos to youtube

[UPDATED 8.11.14]

Sharing the video content that you create is one of the most important things you can do for your brand online. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using YouTube.

That’s why we put together this article which will show you how to upload a video to YouTube from your desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android device, email and Xbox One.

YouTube Upload Limit

YouTube takes just about any video format available today, so you probably don’t have to worry about the file type you’re uploading. Here is a list of all of the formats they accept:

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG4
  • MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEGPS
  • .FLV
  • 3GPP
  • WebM

If you’re using a different format than any of these, you can use the troubleshooter at this link to learn how to convert your file.

As far as length goes, when you initially create your YouTube account you’ll be limited to 15 minute uploads. If you want to upload videos longer than this you’ll have to verify your YouTube account. After you’ve done this, you’ll be able to upload videos up to 128GB in size and 11 hours in length!

Uploading a Video to YouTube on Desktop

The first step is to sign in to YouTube with any Google account or to create a new account. Once you’ve signed in, you can upload a video from anywhere on the site by clicking on the “Upload” link at the top right-hand side of the page near the search bar.

YouTube Upload Screen

Once you click the “Upload” button you’ll be directed to a page with a screen similar to this:

youtube upload screen
Here you can either click the arrow icon and choose a video from your computer to upload to the site, or drag the video directly onto the page. If you don’t already have a video that you want to upload you can create one with a webcam directly from this screen.

Filling Out Additional Information

As your video is uploading you’ll have access to the screen below where you can choose your privacy settings and add additional information.

youtube upload video screen

Here are some of the fields you should consider filling out before publishing your video:

  • Video Title
  • Video Description
  • Video Tags
  • Choose a Thumbnail for Your Video (or upload a custom thumbnail up to 2mb big)
  • Choose Your Video Privacy Setting (public, unlisted, or private)
  • Add a Message to Your Video for Social Sharing
  • Choose Whether or Not to Allow Comments and Ratings
  • Choose a Video Category
  • Choose a Video Location
  • Choose a Video Language

Once YouTube has finished uploading the video you’ll receive an email alerting you that uploading and processing is complete. You can also change these notification settings here.

Uploading a Video to YouTube from iPhone and iPad

The first thing you want to do is make sure that you have the most recent YouTube app on your phone. Open the YouTube app and click the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner, which looks like this:

iPhone uploading videos to youtube

From here, follow these steps:

  1. Click the “My Channel” button.
  2. Tap the “Upload” icon.
  3. Allow YouTube to access your Camera Roll.
  4. Fill out the title, privacy setting, description and tag fields for the video.
  5. Touch the “Upload” icon in the top right corner of the page.

Uploading a Video to YouTube from Android

Uploading a YouTube video from Android is fairly similar to uploading a video from an iPhone, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app and click the drop-down menu in the top left corner.
  2. Click the button marked “Uploads”.
  3. In the top right corner, click the upload video icon.
  4. Choose a video from your phone to upload.
  5. Fill out the title, privacy setting, description and tag fields for the video.
  6. Touch the “Upload” icon in the top right corner of the page.

Uploading a Video to YouTube from Email

Another way to quickly and simply upload your video to YouTube is to email it to a special address. Just follow these instructions:

  1. From the desktop version of YouTube, visit the settings page.
  2. This page will give you a specific “Mobile uploads” address for your account.
  3. Email the video that you want to upload to the address found in the previous step.

Uploading a Video to YouTube from Xbox One

Xbox has made it incredibly easy to record videos with your system. When you do, you may want to upload these to YouTube as well. Here’s how you can:

  1. Sign in to the Xbox YouTube app.
  2. Use the controller to navigate to “My Uploads”.
  3. Select the “Upload tile”.
  4. Choose the video from your Xbox One that you’d like to upload.
  5. Create a title, choose the privacy settings and make sure to upload to the correct channel.
  6. Select “OK” and your video will begin to upload.

Now that you have a handful of different ways to add video content to YouTube, there’s no excuse not to get out there and start shooting some videos! Even if you don’t have the same budget as some of your competitors, i’ve seen some truly amazing videos that appear to be shot with a smaller budget.