Question: How to change thumbnail on YouTube Shorts?


To change the thumbnail on YouTube Shorts, follow these steps:

  1. Open YouTube Studio: Navigate to YouTube Studio and log in with your account.

  2. Find Your Short: In the left-hand menu, select Content. Look for the Shorts video you want to edit and click on its title or the thumbnail.

  3. Edit Details: Once in the video details page, click on the Editor tab.

  4. Change Thumbnail: On the right side, you'll see a section labeled Thumbnail. Since YouTube Shorts currently doesn't support custom thumbnails directly, you will need to ensure the best frame is captured during upload:

    • Re-upload Method: If the current thumbnail isn't suitable, you can re-upload the video. Make sure the frame you want as the thumbnail is within the first few seconds of the video, as YouTube typically selects from these.
  5. Save Changes: After ensuring your desired thumbnail is selected, save your changes.


  • Timing: Ensure the optimal frame appears early in your video.
  • Quality: Use high-quality images or frames to make your thumbnail appealing.

While YouTube might update its features, this method is currently the most effective way to manage your Shorts' thumbnails.

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