How to Upload Videos Longer Than 15 Minutes to YouTube

March 5, 2016

A how to on uploading long videos to youtube

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As a default setting you are going to be able to upload videos to YouTube that are up to 15 minutes along in duration.

And while that is all well and good for the overwhelming majority of people that are using YouTube to share their videos, occasionally (or not all that occasionally, as the case may be) you’re going to need to upload videos to the platform that are a lot longer than 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, the process for doing exactly that is going to take a little bit longer than you may have expected – and you’ll need to know exactly how to navigate the process. That’s where this quick guide comes into play.

We are going to share with you exactly how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes on YouTube 2016, and we are going to break down this process into as simple and straightforward a system as we can. By the time you’re done with this quick guide you’ll know exactly how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, and you’ll know how to do so faster than you would have ever thought possible.

Shall we dive right in?

 

How long of a video can you post on YouTube?




As we mentioned above, as a default YouTube user, you are only ever going to be able to upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long until you go through the actual process of uploading longer pieces of content.

There are a couple of reasons as to why YouTube has put this restriction in place, but mostly they did so in an effort to cut down on the amount of spam content that was landing on the YouTube servers.

Believe it or not, there were quite a few people out there that were pumping nothing but nonsense videos up on YouTube – we’re talking about an exceedingly long piece of content that added no real value to the platform whatsoever – and really dragging down the performance of everyone’s content.

By restricting the majority of users to only being able to upload 15 minutes worth of video content, YouTube built in a safeguard. Sure, the safeguards are relatively simple and straightforward to get past for legitimate reasons, but you’ll still need to know exactly how to do so.

On top of that, when you know exactly how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes on YouTube 2016, you’ll still be able to post your extra long content but you won’t have worried about YouTube lagging it, deleting it, or cutting its resources.

As of right now (February 2016) everyone on YouTube that goes into the process of unlocking longer than 15 minute video uploads is going to be able to upload a maximum file size of 128 GB with a maximum duration of 11 hours.

You can break up your content into multiple chunks if necessary (Part I, Part II, etc.) if your content exceeds those limits, but right now they are the ones that have been established.

Here’s how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes on YouTube 2016

The process for uploading longer pieces of content on YouTube couldn’t be any easier or more simple and straightforward.

All you are going to have to do is log into your YouTube account as usual and then moved to the “Upload” section of your profile.

You’ll have the chance to increase the limit of your YouTube uploads by visiting www.YouTube.com/verify and increasing the amount of space that you’re able to use with every individual upload, but you’ll also be able to get to this area of the platform by visiting the “Increase Your Limit” section of the site.

You’ll have to follow the steps to verify your account (you’ll need access to a mobile phone), and you’ll be able to choose to receive your verification message through text or as an automated phone call.

Once you move through this process you’ll be able to upload longer pieces of content at any point in time. This is a one-time only kind of arrangement, and it is something that once set up will ALWAYS be set up.

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