How to Search on YouTube

Looking for a specific video on YouTube?  Or perhaps a playlist of videos related to a topic that you enjoy?  Or even the channel of a friend or a YouTube user that you like?  Then you're in luck, because searching for something on YouTube is as simple as it is fast!

How to search YouTube

  1. Go to in your web browser.  (You don't have to log in if you don't want to.)

  2. Click in the search box at the top of the screen and type in some search terms.  As you do so, YouTube will show you a drop-down menu with suggestions on what you might be looking for.  Click a suggestion to make those your search terms, or click the magnifying glass icon (or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard) to search for exactly what you typed in.

  3. Your search results will appear on the next page.  At the bottom of the page, click on a number to go to a specific page of results (the one with a grey tint is your current page).  You can also click Previous to go to the previous page of results, or Next to go to the next page of results.

  4. If you want to sort or narrow your results, click Filters in the top-left corner.  This will display several categories of filters that you can use to modify your search results.

    -- UPLOAD DATE: You can choose to only see videos uploaded within the Last Hour, Today, This Week, This Month, or This Year.

    -- TYPE: You can choose only to see results that are Videos, Channels (user profiles), Playlists (user-generated collections of videos), Movies, or Shows (a sequence of episodes from a series program).  Note that movies and shows are uploaded by YouTube's corporate partners and may cost money to access.  See our How Does YouTube Make Money article for more details.

    -- DURATION: You can choose to only see videos that are Short (Under 4 Minutes) or Long (Over 20 Minutes).

    -- FEATURES: You can choose to only see videos that have 4K or HD resolution (they look clearer), have Subtitles/Closed Captioning options, have a Creative Commons license (no copyrighted material), are in 3D, are being recorded Live, or are shot with a 360-degree panoramic camera (which you can control somewhat!).

    -- SORT BY: You can choose to sort your results by Relevance (how closely they match your search terms), Upload Date (how recently they were posted on YouTube), View Count (how many times people have watched them), or Rating (number of likes versus number of dislikes).

  5. You can do different things with different types of results.  For example, clicking on a video will take you to its page so that you can play it, and clicking on a channel will take you to the user's profile page. 

    You can also click the three dots (More Options) beside a video to add it to a playlist (see our How to Create a YouTube Playlist tutorial), or click Subscribe beside a channel to get the latest updates on that user's videos (see our How to Subscribe to a YouTube Channel tutorial).

That's how to search on YouTube!  We hope you find what you're looking for!


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