Question: Can you add thumbnail to YouTube Shorts?


As of now, adding a custom thumbnail directly to YouTube Shorts via the mobile app is not possible. However, there is a workaround if you are using a desktop or laptop:

  1. Upload Your Short Video: Start by uploading your short video (less than 60 seconds) to YouTube via the desktop website.
  2. Go to YouTube Studio: Once uploaded, navigate to YouTube Studio.
  3. Select Content: From the left-hand menu, select "Content".
  4. Edit the Video: Find your uploaded Short and click on the pencil icon to edit the details.
  5. Custom Thumbnail: In the video details page, scroll down to the "Thumbnail" section where you can upload a custom thumbnail image.

Ensure your thumbnail image follows YouTube's guidelines:

  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Format: .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, or .PNG
  • Size: Under 2MB

This method allows you to have a custom thumbnail for your YouTube Shorts, enhancing their visual appeal and potentially increasing viewer engagement.

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