The YouTube community option has existed for a while, but many channels still need to learn what it is and how to use it. Here is a thorough guide about all you need to know about the community tab.
What is the Community tab?
This is a section of your channel, like the Videos, Playlists, and about sections. This tab allows you to use the platform to create social media posts like Facebook or Instagram. Here you can make announcements without uploading videos to your channel. You can submit photos, GIFs, text, and videos to the Community tab. Another great feature is polling. You can create surveys to collect feedback from your subscribers. You also have the option to schedule your posts.
Can I use the Community tab?
For the Community tab to be available, you must enable access to the advanced features of your channel. You can choose from three access rights options: Channel History, Video Verification, or Valid ID. After enabling additional features, the Community tab may take up to 48 hours to become available.
Access rights to community posts may change depending on your channel role. Learn more about channel usage rights. The Community tab won’t be displayed to your viewers if the channel’s audience setting is set to Kids; you would be able to see it. You also cannot create new messages, but you can view previous messages. Learn more about audience definition. This feature may not be available in the moderated YouTube experience.
Where can I find my community messages?
Your community postings can be found in YouTube Studio’s Content section and the Community page of your channel.
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- Select Contents from the left menu.
- Click the Messages tab.
Once you’ve scheduled community posts for a future release date, they’ll appear in YouTube Studio and the Community tab’s Scheduled section. Only you can see this part of the page.YouTube does not permit community posts that go against our community guidelines. If your post violates our policies, it will be removed from all surfaces, including the Community tab.
Will my viewers be notified when I post?
If viewers have chosen to receive notifications from their subscribed channels, they will receive periodic notifications about community posts. Viewers can turn off message notifications by selecting none in the watch settings. From time to time, YouTube may send post notifications to viewers who have yet to subscribe to your channel but often watch videos on your channel.
How to create a community post?
Community posts can increase your reach on YouTube and better engage your audience. Learn more about benefits and eligibility under the Community tab. Access rights to community posts may change depending on your channel role. Learn more about channel usage rights.
Community messages will be disabled if:
Your channel’s audience is set, children. Learn more about audience definition. You can access YouTube with a verified account.
To create a community message on your computer, do the following:
- Sign in to YouTube.
- Select Create at the top of the page.
- Select Create Message.
- Type the message to create a text message or add text to an image, GIF, or video message.
- Choose to create a video, poll, or photo post.
- Select Submit.
Create a community message on Android and iPhone.
To create a community post, follow these steps:
- Click Create, then click Create message.
- Choose a poll, quiz, text, or up to 5 images from your images, depending on the message you want to create.
- Select Submit.
- Tap the hourglass if you want the message to expire after 24 hours.
To protect the community, YouTube limits the number of posts a channel can create in 24 hours. If you get a “limit full” error, please try again in 24 hours.
How to Schedule a post
To schedule a community post:
- Click Create, then click Create message.
- Choose a survey, quiz, text, or up to 5 images from your photos, depending on the message you want to create.
- Touch the watch in the corner above the right.
- Select the date, time, and time zone to publish the post. Select Done.
- Click Schedule on the article creation page.
Why should I use the community tab?
Essentially communicate with subscribers. By not uploading videos, you can stay in touch with your audience. Messages can appear on the home page or in the order feed. If viewers choose to receive notifications from subscribed channels, they will receive occasional notifications about community posts.
To share a community message:
- Go to the video you want to share.
- Tap Share
- Tap Create Message.
- Enter your message and click Send or the arrow icon.
- Go to the playlist you wish to share and open it.
- Select Add and then Share.
- Tap Copy link.
- Click on Create and then on Submit.
- Paste the URL list and click Submit.
Create a streaming post.
- On the home screen, click Record Camera.
- Tap Live, then Public.
- Select a title, then click next.
- Select a post thumbnail.
- Choose the streaming direction by rotating the device to landscape or portrait view (ensure rotation is enabled on your phone).
- Tap Share, then Create message.
- Add the message text and select Send.
- Tap Start live streaming.
Create a text message by typing your message in the text box on the Community tab of your channel. You can send your text as is or with a video, image, or GIF. Text messages cannot be combined with quizzes.
With community posts enabled, you can post playlists of artists you like. Copy and paste the URL list into your message.
Image and GIF posts
You can upload up to 5 images or animated GIFs from your Android device.
Size: up to 16 MB
File types: JPG, PNG, GIF or WEBP
Recommended aspect ratio: We recommend a 1:1 aspect ratio because this is how images are displayed in the feed. Viewers can view the image in full by clicking to enlarge it. Only use images that you have permission to use. You can also add text to the image post. Remember that images must follow the YouTube Community Guidelines.
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