How to Schedule YouTube Videos: A Step-By-Step Guide

How to Schedule YouTube Videos: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you want to learn how to schedule a YouTube video smartly, this is the blog for you. In this detailed step-by-step guide, you will learn to schedule YouTube videos using advanced publishing tools and features.

How to Schedule YouTube Videos

When was the last time you manually posted on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok? Don’t remember? Then why do that on YouTube?

YouTube is a platform that provides the perfect stage for long-form videos that take up huge planning and enhancement. So, why waste the effort by taking up the stress of manual posting? Learn how to schedule a YouTube video and see the difference it makes in your online presence.

This step-by-step guide looks at scheduling videos on YouTube to save time and increase growth for your YouTube channel.

However, to plan your schedule, you need to activate the YouTube scheduling feature. So, let’s dig in and see how to unlock the features:

How to Activate YouTube Video Scheduling Features

When you want to schedule videos on YouTube, but the “schedule” option doesn’t appear, it implies your YouTube account is not verified. In order to schedule longer-duration videos and add thumbnails to them, your account must be verified.

So first thing first, confirm your account to be able to schedule videos and change the thumbnail of your videos.

Here is the verification process:

Step 1: Check if Your Account is Verified

You may have a YouTube account for your business. If you do, great; if not, you can create and verify one using any Google account.

You can start here:

Go to YouTube, click your profile image at the top right corner, and select “YouTube Studio” from the dropdown menu.

Verified Your Account

Remember, you can access the menu from the YouTube home page or your profile. But you must sign into your Google account (Gmail, for example) to be able to do so. Then it directs you to your “channel dashboard.”

youtube Settings

From the under your profile image on the left-hand side, scroll down and click the “Settings” tab. Once on the settings page, navigate to the left column, click the “channel” option, and select the “Feature eligibility” tab.

Verified Your Account

Clicking the “Feature eligibility” tab will open three eligibility features:

  1. Standard
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

Google’s YouTube enables the first feature (Standard) by default. But to use the other two (Intermediate & Advanced) features, additional confirmation is required.


Truth is:

If you want to post videos longer than 15 minutes, you must verify the “Intermediate feature.” Also, to create and upload more videos daily, you must confirm the “Advanced feature.”


Step 2: Obtain Verification

Verifying your YouTube channel in this step requires you to provide essential information, such as your work country and valid phone number. YouTube will send your verification code to your mobile phone to confirm that you’re human.


So you must have an available phone number. To do so, click the “Eligible” tab to open the “Verify Phone Number” tab on the right-hand side.

Step 3: Register the Received Verification Code

Click the “Verify Phone Number” tab to select a confirmation method, as in the screenshot above. YouTube will send you a six-digit confirmation code via SMS or automated voicemail, depending on your chosen method for receiving your verification code.

Verification Code

Once received, register the code or copy and paste it into the code box and hit the submit button. That’s it; you’ve confirmed your account. With the confirmation process sorted out, let’s look at the step-by-step guide on scheduling YouTube videos.

How to Schedule Videos Using the YouTube App

This step-by-step guide is a simple process that covers the native method of scheduling YouTube videos directly from the app.

Follow the step-by-step guide on how to schedule a YouTube video below:

Step 1. Upload Your Video

Scheduling YouTube videos: The first step is to upload your video(s) on YouTube, get them right, and organize your content for posting at the best times.

You can upload your video from the YouTube home page by clicking the “📹Camera” button near your profile image at the top right corner.

Upload Your Video

Note; you must log into the platform before uploading your video content. When you click the camera button, it will give you two options:

  1. Upload video
  2. Go live

So, clicking the “Upload Video” tab will open a dialog box where you can select the video you want to upload or drag and drop your content from your media library.

Upload Video

However, you may skip the home page and upload your videos directly from the YouTube Studio.

YouTube Studio

To do so, click your YouTube profile picture and navigate to the “YouTube Studio” tab and click it to open your “Channel dashboard.”

Channel dashboard

Once accessed, you can upload your content in three ways:

  • Click the “📹 Create” icon at the top right corner next to your headshot to open a dropdown menu. Then click the first tab, “Upload videos,” on the menu to add your content.
    Upload Video
  • You can also add videos by tapping the (Upload) icon below the 📹camera next to your headshot.
  • Finally, upload your YouTube content from the BOLD blue “Upload Videos” tab in front of you, as in the screenshot.

Step 2. Enter Details of Your Video

After uploading your video, you must include information about the video. This step is crucial as it allows the YouTube team to examine your video to approve or flag it. Moreover, it enables your audience to find your video and understand its content.

Enter Details of Your Video

Therefore, add the following:

  • Video title
  • Thumbnail image, and
  • Image Description

But to add a thumbnail, you must verify your phone number as in the previous step above. Besides the added details, there are other video elements to consider; you must choose a playlist(s) for your video.

It enables your audience to find your content. After selecting a playlist, tick or mark one of two boxes to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) law.

content is for kids

Marking a box also informs YouTube whether your video content is for kids. Likewise, you can restrict your video to a specific age group.

legal issues

When you’re through that section, click the “Next” button at the bottom right corner to open the “Check” page. Here is where you check your video for any legal issues.

As you can see, the video I uploaded has no issues. I can publish or schedule the video for posting at a desired date and time.

Step 3. Schedule YouTube Video

After going through the stages, the final point is “Visibility.” In this section, you will choose what you want to do with your uploaded video through multiple options.

schedule your video

Indeed, it is at this stage that you can schedule your video. But before scheduling your video content, you must choose from one of the options available.

You can choose to make the video:

  1. Private: only you and your crew can see it when published.
  2. Unlisted: anyone with the link can see/view the content
  3. Public: makes it available to everyone
  4. Publish: instantly or schedule

But since the idea is to schedule a YouTube video, check the “Schedule” box to expand it. Once created, you can set a date and time and your preferred time zone to publish the video for maximum ROIs.

When you set all those components, click the “Schedule” button to schedule your content to go live on your established date.

Step 4. Scheduled YouTube Video

With all those elements in place, you’re good to go. You will see a notification that lets you know whether you planned the video successfully. Here’s what it looks like:

Scheduled YouTube Video

Step 5. Schedule Video With YouTube Premiere

You may want to go further and use “YouTube Premiere” to schedule your videos. A YouTube Premiere is a feature that allows you to share and watch new videos with your audience in real-time.

Unlike traditional YouTube videos, Premiere is a fantastic asset for creators because it alerts subscribers of new content. You can create buzz for your Premiere by sharing a public watch page that lets users set reminders, chat, and leave comments on your video.

Here’s what to do:

Scheduled YouTube Video

After entering your publishing date and time, including the time zone, click the “Set as Premiere” box to check it. Then tap the “+ Set Up Premiere” tab to open the “Countdown” dialog box.

Set Up Premiere

The premiere countdown lets you choose your desired theme and countdown length that will play automatically before your scheduled video start time.

After selecting those elements, click the “Save” button below the page to save your work. It will direct you back to the schedule section to schedule your video.

Video scheduled

Once scheduled, you will receive another “Video scheduled” notification that says, “your video will premiere on your selected date and time. But this one comes with various social media share buttons, as seen in the image below.

Video scheduled

That’s all you need to do to schedule a YouTube video in advance to go live when your target viewer and prospective clients are active on the platform.

How to Schedule YouTube Videos on Phone?

In a social media journey, there are times when you don’t have your laptop but need to schedule a video on YouTube. For situations like this, you can schedule YouTube videos using your mobile phone via the YouTube application.

The steps to learn how to schedule a YouTube video using a phone are as follows:

Step 1: Open the YouTube App and Click on “Create”

The first step is to open your YouTube application and click on the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen.

This “Create” icon is for uploading any type of videos or shorts on the platform.


Step 2: Upload the Video and Fill in the Details

After clicking on the Create icon, you must select the “Video” option and then pick the video from your device that you want to upload.

YouTube also gives you the option to make minor edits to the video before uploading.


Once you have selected and uploaded the video, you should fill in other details, such as title, description, location, thumbnail, audience, commenting options, tagging people, timestamps, etc., to make it look more presentable.

Add Details

Step 3: Set Visibility and Pick a Suitable Time

You must pick two major details before you can schedule your video, one of which is setting up the “Visibility.”

You have to pick who can view your video. Here, the default setting is Public, which you can change.

Suitable Time

After setting the suitable visibility, you must pick a suitable time and date to schedule the video for the time you want to publish it.

Suitable Visibility

Step 4: Click on “Upload Video” and Schedule It

After all this, you are done with all the steps to upload a video to YouTube using mobile.

Now, go back and click “Upload Video” to schedule your video to YouTube on the go.

Upload Video

Scheduling YouTube videos using the mobile app might seem easy, but it lacks advanced publishing and scheduling features. For features like queuing posts, AI assistant, content library, and more, you need a third-party scheduling tool like SocialPilot and its abilities.

How to Schedule YouTube Videos With SocialPilot

A scheduling tool becomes more than an option when you have to manage multiple accounts across Youtube and, while we are at it, on other social media platforms as well.

Apart from scheduling Youtube videos and shorts, SocialPilot has a long list of features, including a social inbox, content library, inbuilt analytics, etc., for all the major social media platforms.

Sounds like a good deal? Wait till you use it.

As we move forward to see the step-by-step process of seamlessly scheduling on Youtube, start your free trial of SocialPilot to understand the process better.

schedule youtube video

Step 1: Connect Your Youtube Channel

You must create a SocialPilot account and connect your YouTube channel(s) to your SocialPilot account to upload and schedule videos for YouTube.

Once connected, you’re all set. Head over to the “Connect Account” tab, locate “YouTube” below, and hit “Connect account.”

Connect Your Youtube Channel

Step 2: Upload Youtube Video or Short

It’s time to schedule your first Youtube video!

SocialPilot’s interface gives you a native tool-like experience for scheduling Youtube videos, making it super easy to become handy with the tool from the first go.

After connecting your channel, access your SocialPilot dashboard and go to “Create Post.” By default, you will land on the “Original Draft” tab; switch that to “YouTube.”

Upload Youtube Video or Short

Here, you start by uploading your video. Click the “Video Upload” box and choose your desired video from the device storage.

Note: There is no separate workflow for uploading Youtube videos and shorts. The tool will automatically detect the difference between vertical and horizontal video.

Next, you need to choose and upload a video thumbnail from the stills of your video or add a customized thumbnail according to your preference.

Upload Youtube Video or Short

Now, get creative with your copy skills. Simply, add the video title in the available field. Enter the description of your video in the allotted space and spice things up with emojis, also.

And yes,

Don’t forget to optimize your video title and description with keywords to spruce up your YouTube SEO.

You can also “Preview” your video content on the far right-hand side of the dashboard to double-check things.

Upload Youtube Video or Short

Next, pick your choice of “Privacy Status.” You have three options:

  • Public
  • Private
  • Unlisted

Select one of these and set your preference.

Step 3: Configure Advanced Settings

Next, you must select the content category of your video. Tap the “Advance Setting,” navigate to “Content Category,” and choose your video category from the dropdown menu.

Content Category

After picking your content category, navigate to the “License and Ownership” section and select your best option.

Then, add video tags with keywords to increase visibility and help viewers find your video in search results.

Below the “Video Tags” are three boxes to check:

  • Allow Embedding
  • Publish to subscribers’ feed and notify subscribers
  • Made for Kids

Check the boxes as desired.

Video Tags

Step 4: Schedule Your Video

Now, scheduling your Youtube video is just a one-click task, but let us take you through all the options available for publishing your post:

Schedul You Video
  • Add to queue” allows you to schedule your video based on a preset schedule, ensuring it will be sent at the next available time slot
  • Share Now” instantly publishes your video without any delay
  • Schedule Post” lets you choose a specific time and date at that very moment
  • Share Next” prioritizes your video to be sent next by placing it at the top of the queue
  • Repeat Post” enables you to schedule the same video for multiple days and times

With these options, you can schedule your Youtube videos and shorts in advance and avoid any potential mishaps.

schedule and shine

How to Delete a Scheduled YouTube Video

For some reason(s), you may delete the scheduled video and not publish it. For example, after planning the video in this article, I deleted it since I created it for the sake of this blog.

So how do you delete your scheduled YouTube videos?

Here’s a simple process:

Step 1: Go to “YouTube Studio” as in “Step One” above and click the “Content” tab from the left-hand menu.


It will open your saved and scheduled videos. Please, see the screenshot below.

Step 2: Check the box on the left of the video you want to delete and click the “More actions” button above.

More actions

It will open two options for you:

  1. Download
  2. Delete forever.

Clicking the “delete forever” tab will delete your video permanently.

delete forever

Another option for deleting your video is to hover your pointer/cursor/mouse on your video description, and it will display more actions. The displayed options include three dots or ellipses.

delete video

Click the ellipsis “()” to reveal a dropdown menu. From the dropdown, navigate to “Delete forever” at the bottom of the menu and hit the button.

delete your scheduled

You have successfully deleted your scheduled YouTube video.

Benefits of Scheduling YouTube Videos

Research compiled by Global Media Insight (GMI) reveals that 95% of global Internet users watch YouTube videos. The study also shows that visitors spend an average of 14 minutes and 21 seconds daily and 10 minutes daily pageviews per visitor on the platform.

Benefits of Scheduling

Therefore, scheduling YouTube videos for the best times of day can help you get higher reach and viewers. Thus, growing your channels faster on YouTube becomes easy.

Below are some most important benefits of planning or scheduling YouTube videos:

Saves Time

One of the significant benefits of scheduling videos on YouTube is that it saves time. It helps you manage time cleverly and improve productivity. Enhanced productivity enables you to increase output and drive revenue.

With the extra time on hand, you can devote additional time to the following:

  • Produce more informative and entertaining videos
  • Build a loyal viewership for your YouTube channel
  • Evaluate your YouTube video marketing results to make informed decisions.

Maintaining Consistency

YouTube video scheduling is ideal because it lets you maintain consistency. Keeping a regular publishing strategy helps you build credibility and brand reputation and positively impacts user experience and your bottom line.

As a result, you’re helping your target viewers know what and when to expect new video content. Moreover, consistent posting can boost engagement and drive traffic.

It lets you reach your audience when they are active online. Also, it gives you control over your content by allowing you to batch your video production processes.

Maximizing Audience Engagement

Across digital marketing platforms, including YouTube, posting when your target audience is active online to engage with your content is crucial for driving results.

You optimize your publishing time for maximum ROIs by scheduling videos for YouTube in advance at the best times. It helps you increase engagement and reach and improve your YouTube ranking.

Enhancing Your YouTube Search Ranking

One of YouTube’s ranking factors is viewer satisfaction. Increased watch time was considered essential and a ranking factor back in 2012. But since 2015, YouTube has used viewer satisfaction to rank videos.

That’s because creators need to determine whether consumers are satisfied with a video they watched, enjoyed the content, and find it valuable to them. Hence, YouTube prioritizes users’ satisfaction as a top-ranking factor.

So, scheduling and publishing YouTube videos gives viewers a sense of expectancy and increases engagement. You encourage your audience to return for more content and build brand trust.

More engagement and traction means that there’s demand for your content. This activity signals the YouTube algorithm that your video is helpful to your audience. Given this, your YouTube channel will rank on searches.

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

With intense competition for video views and more subscribers, scheduling your YouTube videos in advance makes sense. Not only does it help you save time and maintain consistency, but planning your videos also gives you an edge over your competitors.

That margin sets your brand or YouTube channel apart from the competition. So, it’s crucial to have an edge over the competition to maximize business growth.

It would help if you guaranteed a higher advantage by scheduling your videos to attract more views and reach your YouTube marketing goal. You will build powerful brand loyalty with your target viewers and prospects.

Wrapping Up

As this guide explains, scheduling YouTube videos is a fantastic content marketing strategy with remarkable benefits. For example, it helps you create and plan a string of content for publishing at various times of the day.

This approach puts you ahead of your content calendar and gives you more time to experiment with your YouTube marketing campaign. You have enough time to test various video formats to determine the correct frequency.

So, if you need help scheduling a video in advance, follow the above steps and apply them carefully. Also, if you’re looking for a YouTube automation tool to make your life easy, use the SocialPilot YouTube scheduling app to drive ROIs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a scheduled video on YouTube?

Following the process above will help you make a scheduled YouTube video. Nevertheless, here are the basic steps:

  1. Sign in to YouTube, click your headshot at the top right, and navigate to “YouTube Studio” from the dropdown
  2. Then click the "Create" tab >> Upload videos or tap the "Upload videos" under the channel dashboard right in front of you.
  3. Select the video you want to upload and enter the required details
  4. Click the "Next" tab below the far right corner of the "Visibility" section. Input the requested data and choose "Schedule​."
  5. Set your posting date, time, and time zone
  6. Lastly, click "Schedule," and you're all set.

Can I schedule YouTube videos from the SocialPilot app?

Yes, you can! You can conveniently schedule YouTube videos and publish them on your channel from SocialPilot. SocialPilot enables you to plan informative videos and automate them for posting on your YouTube channel.

Can I schedule YouTube videos from my mobile device?

With more people now watching videos on mobile devices, YouTube apps for Android and IOS allow users to schedule videos for later. The good news is that you will find it easier to use mobile apps because they have a similar interface to the desktop version.

How can I schedule a YouTube video from my phone?

You must download the YouTube Android app from Google Play Store if you're an Android user. The same principle applies to iPhone (IOS) users; get the app from Apple Store and follow the steps below:

  • Sign in to the YouTube app to upload your videos
  • Tap the camera icon, select the video you want to schedule, and tap "Next."
  • Enter details of your video—the video title, description, and other essential information and press "Upload."
  • Go to the YouTube Studio app and edit your video as desired
  • Update the "Visibility" section by checking the correct boxes and clicking "Schedule" to specify the date and time you want your video to go live.
  • Next, schedule your YouTube video.

Does scheduling YouTube videos Impact views?

Scheduling your videos on YouTube does not influence views on the platform. Instead, it lets you control your content publishing strategy, manage time, and maintain frequency.

Can I schedule videos on YouTube?

Yes, you can schedule videos on YouTube with its native scheduling feature available on both desktop and mobile. For advanced scheduling features, you can use third-party scheduling tools like SocialPilot.

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