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How to add chapters to YouTube video?

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Youtube is one of the most popular streaming platforms in the world and the easiest to access as well. It doesn’t cost anything and lets users access a vast library of content on just about any genre without a hitch. It also has a lot of creator and user-friendly features that make watching videos a breeze. 

In this article, we’re talking about how you can add chapters to your Youtube videos making it easy for your viewers to get to a specific part of the video quickly. 

You can continue reading the article or watch the video to add chapters to a Youtube video in English or Hindi

Also read: How many playlists can you have on YouTube?


Adding video chapters using YouTube Studio

If you’re looking to make just about any change to your uploaded videos, you’re going to have to go through Youtube Studio. Adding chapters is actually quite a simple task with Youtube introducing automatic chapter in addition to manually adding them in for more control. 

Manually adding Youtube chapters

Here’s how you can manually add chapters to your videos. 

Step 1: Head over to your Channel dashboard in Youtube Studio and click the Content button on the sidebar. 

Step 2: Find the video you want to add chapters to and click the pencil icon underneath to make changes. 

Step 3: Now add your chapters into the description box starting with the 00:00 time stamp and keep adding subsequent timestamps with the chapter name. Click Save when you’re done. 

Your chapters will show up as soon as you add them, although it might take up to 24 hours in some cases. 


Automatically adding Youtube chapters

If you don’t want the time-consuming work of having to type in your own timestamps, Youtube Studio has an auto-add feature for chapters as well. 

Step 1: Head over to your Channel dashboard in Youtube Studio and click the Content button on the sidebar. 

Step 2: Find the video you want to add chapters to and click the pencil icon underneath to make changes. 

Step 3: Click Show more at the bottom of the page. 

Step 4: Under Automatic chapters, enable the Allow automatic chapters and key moments checkbox.

Note that since this feature is AI-powered, it isn’t perfect and won’t be as precise as specifying your own chapters. 

Also read: How long does HD processing take on Youtube? 


Adding chapters from the YouTube Studio app

In case you’re using the Youtube Studio app, you can add your chapters the same way you did in the browser. 

Adding manual chapters in the YouTube Studio app

Here’s how to add manual chapters in the Youtube Studio app.

  • Open the Youtube Studio app and tap the video you want to edit. 
  • Tap the pencil icon in the top-right.
  • Tap the video description.
  • Add the time stamps as you did on the web. 

Save your changes once you’re done and the chapters should appear on your Youtube video. 


Adding automatic chapters in the YouTube Studio app

Unfortunately, you can’t add automatic chapters in the Youtube Studio app. However, if you’ve enabled the option on the web, automatic chapters should appear on every subsequent upload. 

Also read: Why can’t I change the thumbnail on YouTube Shorts?

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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