How to Use YouTube

Last updated: April 21, 2017 - 6:23pm EDT

Now that you've made an account on YouTube, it's time to learn what you can do with it.  Some of the things that you can do on YouTube won't require you to be logged into your account, but most of them will.  Therefore, we suggest starting by logging into YouTube.

To do this, go to in your web browser and click Sign In in the top-right corner.

On the next screen, click in the box labelled "Enter Your Email" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for YouTube.  Then click Next.

When you reach the next screen, click in the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you chose to secure your YouTube account.  Then click Sign In.

How to use YouTube

Watch all kinds of different videos

YouTube has lots of different videos that you can watch.  Some are movie trailers and commercials.  Others are clips of news broadcasts or other television programs.  Others are home videos of family events, personal musings, or events captured as they happen.  Some videos even have features such as closed captioning, or the ability to rotate the camera or watch in 3D!

To begin watching a video, simply click on it or its name.  You don't even have to be logged in to watch most videos (though there are some exceptions)!

 Share your opinion with comments and ratings

Did you enjoy a video that you watched on YouTube, or did it rub you the wrong way?  Do you feel like speaking your mind to others who have watched the video?  You can leave a comment on a video that you've watched, or respond to a comment that someone else has made about the video.  You can also "like" or "dislike" a video or any comments that have been made about it.

To learn how, visit our How to Comment on YouTube Videos tutorial.

Create a playlist of your favourite videos

If you have a couple of different videos that you like, then you can put them together in a playlist.  A playlist is a sequence of videos with some kind of theme between them.  What that theme is... is up to you!  Are they sports highlights?  Do-it-yourself instructions?  Cute animals or babies?  You pick the videos, so you get to decide!

See our How to Make a YouTube Playlist tutorial to learn how to put together a playlist.

Subscribe to another YouTube user's channel, or create your own

A "channel" is like a specialized user profile for YouTube.  It contains videos that you've uploaded, playlists that you've made, comments that have been made about your videos, general information about you, and more.  Some people have more than one channel for posting different kinds of videos.

If you subscribe to a channel, then you'll be able to follow that YouTube user's activity.  You'll never miss when their next big video goes live!

Or, you can create your own channel and express yourself with playlists, artwork, information, videos, and more!  Head over to our How to Make a YouTube Channel guide for instructions.


Upload your own video masterpieces

If you have a video or two that you'd like to show off on YouTube, you can post it on your channel.  Give it a title and a description, and decide who can see it.  Or, choose advanced options, such as what category that your video falls under, or if people are allowed to comment on or rate your video.  You can even upload multiple videos at once, or create your own on the spot!


Those are some of the different things that you can do on YouTube!  Check them out in our other tutorials!


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