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How To Upload Your First Video To YouTube.

If you’ve got a video that you want to share with the world, post it on YouTube. In this guide I’ll show you how to upload your first video to YouTube from your computer.

Uploading A Video To YouTube.

In order to upload a video to YouTube, you’ll need to be signed in. You can use your Google account to sign in or just create a new account.

To post your first video on YouTube, click the Create icon in the top left corner of the screen.

The Create icon (button) looks a little like a drawing of a movie camera.

On the menu that opens, click Upload Video.

Create icon and Upload video are marked.
To upload a video, click the Create icon and then click Upload Video.

How You’ll Appear On YouTube.

If this is the very first time that you’ve ever tried uploading a video to YouTube, you’ll see the “How you’ll appear” window.

Every video that you post (upload) to YouTube, is posted to your channel. For now, think of a channel is just a way of keeping all your videos together in one place.

You can upload a picture if you want to by clicking the Select Picture link. Or you can just leave it as is (you can add pictures later).

Click the Create Channel button to continue.

Your new YouTube channel will be created. It’s this page where you’ll find all the videos you’ve uploaded. It’s kind of like your YouTube home page.

To upload your first video, click the Create icon again (the camera) and then click Upload Video.

Create Channel button is marked.
Upload video is highlighted.

Uploading Videos.

A new window will open.

You can drag ‘n drop video files directly onto the window.

Or click the Select Files button to open a File Explorer window allowing you to find and select the video files that you want to upload.

Select Files button to upload videos to YouTube.
Drag and drop or click click Select Files.

Video Details.

As your video uploads to YouTube you can enter some details for it.

  • Give your video a title and enter a brief description of what it’s about.
  • In the Audience section, select whether the video is made for kids or not.
  • Then in the Age Restriction section, select whether it should only be shown to over 18’s or not.
  • After the video has finished being processed, you can choose a thumbnail for it. YouTube will offer 3 thumbnails automatically. These are just stills taken from the video itself. Or you can upload your own thumbnail.

When you’re ready, click the Next button.

Video title and description boxes.
Add a Title and Description for your video.
"No it's not made for kids" is selected.
Is it made for kids?
"No, don't restrict my video to viewers over 18 only" is selected.
Should the video be marked for adults only?
Thumbnail choices are marked.
Choose a thumbnail to represent your video on YouTube.
  • You can add what are known as “Cards” to your video. These are the links that appear on some YouTube videos. Click Next.
  • YouTube will briefly check your video for copyrighted material. After the check, click Next.
  • Finally you can choose whether the video should be Private, Unlisted or Public. Click the Save button after making your selection.
Add a card to video option.
Adding cards is for more advanced users.
Copyright check passed.
Copyright check.
Save or publish. Nothing has been selected.
Will the video be Private, Unlisted or Public.


You’ve just published your first video on YouTube. There is an awful lot more that you can do using YouTube, but that’s for another day.

One thing to keep in mind though is that anything made public on the Internet is there forever. Just saying.

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