Introducing the shorter side of YouTube

Now you can create, edit and share short videos with YouTube Shorts. Whether you're sharing your voice with the masses or just making funny videos for your friends, all you need is your phone and an idea, and you're in the mix!

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So, what is YouTube Shorts?

Shorts is the spot to shoot, share and binge short videos (think 60 seconds or less) on YouTube. It's where you can go to start trends, try out a dance challenge, bring your hilarious ideas to life, and more.

So join in the fun and connect with fans and friends who will love what you're putting out there. No fancy equipment needed, and no limit on what you can create.

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'I love Shorts! The tools are really easy to use and help me connect with more people. It's fun, quick and easy!'

Goddess Earth Healing

YouTube Shorts lets you shoot and share vertical videos from the camera you carry everywhere: your phone.

Just shoot a video on your phone and tweak the settings until it's just right – you can speed up or slow down your recording speed, add filters, string videos together, add captions and more.

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Music and audio bring YouTube Shorts to life. You can sample songs or audio clips from any eligible video from the YouTube library, add it to your Shorts, and make video magic happen.

Learn more about sampling audio

Connect with the millions of YouTube viewers that are watching Shorts every day.

People can find and watch Shorts on YouTube homepage, in the Shorts Tab on the YouTube app, and on your channel homepage.

How people find your Shorts

Join our invite-only Shorts creator community

Eligible Shorts creators can receive exclusive support, advice and perks from our Community Partner Managers (CPMs) to help you grow your channel and really thrive.

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Our selected Shorts creators will be invited to special events, opportunities and workshops.

Expand your network and build new connections in the Shorts creator community and beyond.

Our Community Partner Managers will keep you informed on the latest Shorts trends, updates and tricks, and what they mean for your content.

Learn more about Shorts best practices and tips for success directly from our experts.

Five steps to create a YouTube Short

Getting started is easy. Log in to your YouTube account (or create a new one) and tap the 'Create' button in the YouTube app. Then tap 'Create a Short'.

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Mobile phone screen showing how to get set up. Mobile phone screen showing how to get set up.

Use YouTube videos as your Shorts soundtrack. Here's how: Once you've found a song or audio that you're inspired by, tap the music icon, then tap 'Use this sound'.

Pro tip: You can also tap 'Create' under the video's watch page player as a shortcut.

To record a clip, press and hold the capture button or tap it once to start and again to stop. You can change your recording speed, set a timer and string clips together with just a few taps.

Once you've recorded your Short, you can add filters and captions. You can add multiple caption snippets with timeline and control when the text appears and disappears.

You've filmed, you've filtered, now it's time to share your Short with the world. Once you're happy, tap 'Next' to add a title. Then, just tap 'Upload' to finish.

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Getting started is easy. Log in to your YouTube account (or create a new one) and tap the 'Create' button in the YouTube app. Then tap 'Create a Short'.

Get started

Mobile phone screen showing how to get set up. Mobile phone screen showing how to get set up.

Use YouTube videos as your Shorts soundtrack. Here's how: Once you've found a song or audio that you're inspired by, tap the music icon, then tap 'Use this sound'.

Pro tip: You can also tap 'Create' under the video's watch page player as a shortcut.

To record a clip, press and hold the capture button or tap it once to start and again to stop. You can change your recording speed, set a timer and string clips together with just a few taps.

Once you've recorded your Short, you can add filters and captions. You can add multiple caption snippets with timeline and control when the text appears and disappears.

You've filmed, you've filtered, now it's time to share your Short with the world. Once you're happy, tap 'Next' to add a title. Then, just tap 'Upload' to finish.

Try Shorts now

Keep the inspo going

Get ideas, tips and more from the folks who know Shorts best, including your fellow creators and members of the YouTube team.

'Shorts has boosted my content and let me reach more people. Making short videos is a fun new way to express myself!'

Lizzy Capri

What's more inspiring than your fellow creators? Check out the Shorts tab on the YouTube app to browse what other Creators are doing, watch what's trending, or just to get the creative juices flowing.

Visit the Shorts tab

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Explore the tried-and-true ways to make your Shorts great by watching videos on everything from smoothing out your transitions to creating catchy intros.

Check out our Shorts channel playlist

The Shorts Report is a twice monthly report that shares Shorts best practices to help you create, no matter where you're starting from.

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How to make money with YouTube Shorts

The YouTube Shorts Fund is a new programme that is giving creators access to $100M across 2021 and 2022 to reward them for their contribution to YouTube's community. If you're a creator that is shooting and sharing Shorts, you're eligible to participate and make money on your videos!

Every month, we'll reach out to thousands of creators based on their channel's Shorts performance in the previous month.

Creators can qualify for a bonus of between $100 and $10,000 from the fund, with the amount adjusted based on performance metrics like monthly channel Shorts views and where their audience is located.

Learn more about the YouTube Shorts Fund

Monthly eligibility for a Shorts bonus will be based on your channel's Shorts performance in the previous month. You'll also need to:

Here's a little bit of what you can expect:

Receive a bonus notification: After the first week of each month, qualifying Shorts creators will get a notification via email and the YouTube app that they're eligible for a bonus payment from the Shorts Fund. You'll have until the 25th of the month to claim your bonus.

Get set up: You'll need to accept YouTube's terms and set up an AdSense account so that we can pay you. Once this is done, we'll start processing the payment.

Get paid: Payments are issued between the 21st and 26th of the following month. In the meantime, keep creating Shorts to qualify for more bonuses!