How to Enable Custom Thumbnails on YouTube

Photo credit: @thatgoldendog
Photo credit: @thatgoldendog

Have you uploaded some great content to YouTube, only to see a few unsightly thumbnails to choose from for its preview? In the past, getting a decent thumbnail from a YouTube video was like playing roulette with your content. Now, any user that is in good standing can choose what image will embody their videos.

Videos with custom thumbnails don’t only give users control of how their media is being presented, but its been proven that this adjustment increases the rate of views. And we all want to increase our video views on YouTube, right?  Here’s how you can validate your account and start creating customized thumbnails of your own.

Step 1:

Access your Creator Studio on YouTube.

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Step 2:

Under Channel, access the Features setting and click on the VERIFY option.

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Step 3:

Select the TEXT option and enter your phone number.

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Step 4:

Once you receive a text message (mine came in less than a minute), enter it on the next screen.

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After pressing the submit button, you should see a message showing that your account should be verified.

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Step 5:

Click CONTINUE to see a green dot next to the “Custom Thumbnails” area.

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Once your account is verified and posting custom thumbnails is enabled, access the settings for the video you would like to upload a custom thumbnail for. Underneath the thumbnails YouTube generated, you should see a CUSTOM THUMBNAIL option. From here, you can select the file you would like to represent your video. You can also find information about the size and file types that YouTube prefers.

YouTube is a great way to share engaging content and boost your company’s SEO. Don’t let unattractive stills get in the way of people seeing what your videos have to offer. By representing your media in an appealing way, your content is more likely to get the attention that it deserves. Don’t forget to update your video’s description, then enjoy the benefits from this engaging content.

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3 Responses

  1. Marisa Nascimento
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    Thank you so much! That helped me a lot ! =)

  2. Manjul
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    Thanks a lot Sir.

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