How to Schedule YouTube Videos

03 April 2024

Scheduling YouTube videos is a game-changer for content creators looking to take their channel to the next level. As your audience grows, being able to plan and publish your content at the right times can make a significant impact on engagement, viewership, and overall channel performance. Whether you’re a seasoned YouTuber or just starting out, mastering the art of scheduling your videos can help you maintain a consistent posting cadence, keep your audience hooked, and streamline your content management across all your social media platforms. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to schedule YouTube videos, as well as explore how tools like Metricool can simplify your social media management even further.

How to Schedule YouTube Videos to Publish Later

The process of scheduling a YouTube video for later publication is relatively straightforward and can be done in just a few quick steps. You can schedule your video on your phone, or your desktop. 

To schedule a YouTube video: 

  • Sign Into Your YouTube Account: Log into YouTube Studio or open the YouTube app.
  • Upload Your Video: Start by uploading your video to YouTube as you normally would. Click on the camera icon at the top right corner of YouTube and select ‘Upload video’.
  • Fill in the Details: After uploading, you’ll be prompted to fill in the video details such as title, description, and tags.
  • Choose Visibility: In the ‘Visibility’ section, you’ll find the option to schedule your video, Upload Short, or Upload Video. Select ‘Schedule’ and pick the date and time you want your video to go live. 
  • Finalize: Review all the information, and if everything looks good, click ‘Save’. Your video is now scheduled to publish at the specified time.
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How to edit a scheduled YouTube video time

Adjusting the schedule for a YouTube video is a straightforward process. Whether you need to publish your content earlier or push the release back, you can edit your scheduled YouTube video time in a few steps.

To adjust your scheduled YouTube video: 

  1. Go to YouTube Studio: Access your YouTube Studio dashboard.
  2. Find Your Video: Navigate to the ‘Content’ section, where you’ll see a list of your videos. Find the video you’ve scheduled and click on it.
  3. Edit Details: Click on the ‘Details’ tab, and then go to the ‘Visibility’ section where you initially scheduled your video.
  4. Change the Time: Click on ‘Schedule’ again, adjust the date and time as needed, and then click ‘Save’. Your video’s scheduled time has now been updated.

How to Schedule a YouTube Premiere

YouTube Premieres is an engaging feature that allows you to share your new content with your audience in a unique, real-time viewing experience. When you schedule a YouTube Premiere, you’re essentially creating a live event around the release of your video, building anticipation and fostering a sense of community among your viewers.

To schedule a YouTube Premiere:

  • Go to YouTube Studio: Access your dashboard and click “Create Upload videos”.
  • Upload Your Video: Select your video and enter the video details. Note: Shorts and 360/VR180 videos aren’t supported.
  • Instant Premiere: To immediately premiere the video, click “Save” or “Publish Public” and choose “Instant Premiere”.
  • Schedule Premiere: To schedule your YouTube Premiere for later, click “Schedule” and enter a date and time.
  • Customize: Choose a countdown theme and countdown length.

When you create a Premiere, a public watch page is created for your video. You can share the watch page URL, and viewers can set reminders, leave comments, and chat. Premieres show up across YouTube like regular uploads. Customize your Premiere by choosing a different countdown theme, monetizing your Premiere, or showing a trailer on the watch page before your Premiere starts to build anticipation with your audience.

How to Schedule YouTube Videos with Metricool

If you’re looking to take your YouTube content management to the next level, Metricool is a powerful tool that can help you schedule videos, track performance, and coordinate your social media presence across multiple platforms.

  1. Log into Your Metricool App: If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Metricool account.
  2. Navigate to Planning: Once logged in, go to the ‘Planning’ section at the top of the page that contains all your brand’s scheduled content.
  3. Click ‘+ Create Post’: A pop-up window will appear. Choose the YouTube logo at the top of the window, and select either ‘Short’ or ‘Video’.
  4. Upload Your Video: Upload your YouTube video, and write your description, video title, audience configuration, privacy, category, and tags. 
  5. Schedule: Choose to either ‘Schedule’ with your chosen date and time, or you can save as a draft, send for review, or publish your YouTube video now. 
  6. Save: Click ‘Save’, and Metricool will handle the rest, publishing your video at the scheduled time.
Metricool YouTube Scheduler Tool

Metricool isn’t just for scheduling YouTube videos; it’s a one-stop shop for managing your brand’s social media presence across multiple platforms. In addition to YouTube, you can use Metricool to schedule content for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and more.

Beyond scheduling, Metricool also provides valuable analytics and data insights, helping you understand the performance of your content and make informed decisions about your social media strategy. You can even use Metricool to manage your advertising campaigns, ensuring a cohesive and effective approach to your online marketing efforts.

Gretchen Oestreicher Gretchen Oestreicher , 03 April 2024


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