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How to Schedule YouTube Videos

Mar 09, 2022

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How to Schedule YouTube Videos

YouTube can be a demanding place, requiring constant and consistent uploads from not only your viewers and fans, but also from the algorithm. Falling behind in your schedule can have a knock-on effect on not only your other work but the video performance as well. Luckily, YouTube has a nifty feature that allows you to schedule videos to be uploaded at a specific time.

With this feature, you can keep on top of your uploads meaning your videos won’t get lost in the sea of content that can be found on the platform. Being able to schedule your videos will take the pressure off and free you up to do other things rather than watch the clock. It also allows you the opportunity to test and optimise your upload times to best fit your audience and maximise your views.

If this is your first time scheduling videos we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn how to schedule YouTube videos 

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON A DESKTOP

Step 1

Step 1 in our guide on how to schedule YouTube videos on a desktop is to log into YouTube and set up your channel if you haven’t already!  

Step 2

Next, go to YouTube Studio by clicking on your profile in the top right and clicking it from the menu. You can also get there by clicking this URL www.studio.youtube.com. Alternatively, you can click the camera next to the bell to skip past the YouTube Studio if you’ve done this skip to Step 4! Note: YouTube Studio has a variety of editing options and other tools that can help you out so we’d advise not skipping if you’re new to content creation.

Step 3

Click Create in the top right of the dashboard and select Upload video(s).

click the 'create' button in the top right corner

Step 4

Upload your video by dragging and dropping your file or by clicking to select your video file from your computer. One thing to note is if you upload a video that is shorter than a minute and in 9:16 format it will be classified as a YouTube Short. This will mean it goes live in the shorts area and not the main video browser even though it will still publish to your channel.  

upload files

Step 5

While the video uploads you can add your video information such as the title, description, thumbnail and more!

edit Title, Caption, Thumbnail etc

Step 6

Add captions and any subtitles you’d like to your video. These are all optional but have benefits. To add subtitles/captions. Click Add and upload a formatted captions file or you can play the video and manually type out captions. YouTube can do this automatically for some languages such as English however they may not be 100% accurate.

Step 7

Once that’s done you have the option to add an end card to your YouTube video which is an overlay graphic you find at the end of videos which allows people to click on other videos on your channel.

Fix any issues on the checks page which appears after video elements. This is where YouTube can detect if you have any copyright claims or other issues that need to be addressed before you can publish your video. 

Now the video is all ready, you can schedule your video to go live. First, make sure the video is marked as public so everyone can watch it. Then simply pick a date and time in the Schedule box! 

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON MOBILE

Step 1

As always the first step in this how-to schedule YouTube videos guide is to open the YouTube App and tap the plus Icon in the middle of the navigation bar.

schedule YouTube videos on mobile: step 1

Step 2

Now you choose if you would like to post a video or short. Shorts are selected by default so if you want to choose a video simply select it from the bottom of the screen.

how to schedule YouTube videos on mobile: step 2

Step 3

Now choose the file you would like to upload and YouTube will bring up an editor where you can simply continue forward or edit it down into a Short.

how to schedule YouTube videos on mobile: step 4

Step 4

Similar to the how-to schedule YouTube videos on the desktop guide you can now add you’re video details including the title, description , setting a location and even adding a custom thumbnail.

Step 5

Now to schedule the video tap on Visibility and then schedule. From here choose your date and time then tap the back arrow to return to the details page.

how to schedule YouTube videos on mobile: step 5

Step 6

Once all this is in order simply tap upload and you’re done!  

scheduling YouTube videos on mobile: final step

 

TOP TIPS FOR SCHEDULING YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Now you know how to schedule YouTube videos, here’s what you do to delete a scheduled video.

  1. First, log in to YouTube Studio and then go to the content section. From here, depending on what video you scheduled, pick either Videos or Shorts.
  2. Hover over the video you wish to delete and click the 3 dots   
  3. From the menu choose delete forever, YouTube will then ask you for confirmation. Be sure to check the box then click delete forever.

And that’s it, your video is gone and there’s nothing to worry about! 

Final Tips are to continue to work to a consistent schedule as the videos will more likely appear in the recommended tab and be sure to promote your scheduled videos on your socials to ensure your audience is ready when they release!

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