Question: How do you upload a video thumbnail in YouTube Studio?


Uploading a custom video thumbnail in YouTube Studio is an essential step for creators who want to make their content stand out. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  1. Sign In to YouTube Studio

    • Open your web browser and go to YouTube Studio.
    • Log in with your Google account if you are not already signed in.
  2. Select Your Video

    • From the left-hand menu, click on 'Content' to see a list of your uploaded videos.
    • Click on the video for which you wish to upload a thumbnail.
  3. Upload Thumbnail

    • On the video details page, scroll down to the 'Thumbnail' section.
    • You will see three auto-generated thumbnails. Right next to these, there is an option labeled ‘Upload thumbnail’.
    • Click on this button to choose a file from your computer. Make sure that the image adheres to YouTube's recommended specifications: 1280x720 pixels resolution (with a minimum width of 640 pixels), under 2MB in size, and in one of the acceptable formats (JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG).
  4. Save Changes

    • After uploading the thumbnail, be sure to click the 'Save' button at the top right corner of the screen to apply your changes.

Tips for Effective Thumbnails

  • Clarity and Appeal: Ensure your thumbnail is clear and visually appealing even at a smaller scale.
  • Relevance: The thumbnail should accurately represent the content of your video.
  • High Quality: Use high-resolution images to avoid pixelation when viewed on larger screens.

By following these steps, you can successfully customize the thumbnails for your videos, potentially increasing the click-through rate and viewer engagement on your YouTube channel.

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