Getting started on YouTube
We’re here to help you share your videos with the world by connecting you to expert advice, insider tips, and general good vibes, all designed for Creators like you.
Create what you want, how you want
What can you create in 60 seconds or less? YouTube Shorts are the fun, easy way to create content for YouTube’s billions of users. All you need is a mobile phone, your ideas, and a little help from our tools.
Before your first post
Before you post, think about what voice will define your channel. A good place to start is asking yourself what you’re interested in, what unique story you’re able to tell, and the viewers who will come along for the ride.
What you choose for your channel name, icon banner, and trailer are all what we’d call branding your channel. These decisions affect how your viewers recognize you and get to know your channel, and they’re all easy to customize using our easy tools.
Before you press record, you’ll want to have a few boxes checked, from choosing the right equipment, to getting the lighting right and more. Choosing the right camera, microphone, and even wardrobe can all make sure filming is a success.
Getting your channel off the ground
Creator Studio is home base for Creators. This is where you’ll post, add metadata, pull analytics, get messages from YouTube, and more. It’s also where you can track your progress toward eligibility in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
Use the Studio mobile app to manage your channel on the go. It’s useful for things like checking your stats, responding to comments, and publishing and managing your videos from your phone.
Your YouTube Dashboard is your one stop shop for information about new features and the latest Creator news. Best of all, you can get info about the opportunities to grow and earn, specifically tailored to your channel.