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How to Enable Custom Thumbnails on YouTube

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March 10, 2020

Enabling custom thumbnails is one of the simplest yet most important things you can do for your YouTube channel. We show you how.

The old adage that readers often judge a book by its cover is true, and the same goes for viewers who judge videos by their thumbnails. So make sure that custom thumbnails are enabled on your YouTube channel so that you can upload your own images for the viewer when they search for something interesting or entertaining to watch.

How to Enable Custom Thumbnails on YouTube

When you’re signed in to YouTube, you should see your profile logo in the top right corner. Click here then go to settings. From there, you need to click on the See additional features link, which will then show you all available YouTube features and whether or not you have access to them.

There are no views, subscribers, or watch time requirements to unlock custom thumbnails. All you have to do is verify your YouTube account. And you can do it from this same screen. Next to your profile logo and channel name at the top, you’ll find a blue verification button. Click on it to start the process. To verify your YouTube account, Google will send a verification code to a phone number through an automated voice or text message, which you can choose onscreen. Please note that you can only verify two YouTube accounts per phone number per year.

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Once you have entered your phone number, click submit and you should see this screen asking for this verification code. Whichever solution you decide to use, you should almost instantly receive a ping to your phone. In this example, I requested an SMS, which sent me the verification code. Now all you have to do is go back to your computer, enter the six-digit verification code, click submit, and it will verify your account. Which gives you instant access to add custom thumbnails to your videos.

Why YouTube Custom Thumbnails are Critical to Success

Now for a very quick demonstration of why custom thumbnails are so important. This video you see on the screen explains how to download a YouTube thumbnail. But the current thumbnail of this video that YouTube automatically selected is a pretty useless image of me that says absolutely nothing to the viewer. But with the help of a custom thumbnail, we can tell a much more colorful, intriguing, and direct visual story that might earn that video an extra click.

Here is a very simple way to see it. We increase the number of clicks we get on our videos (we call them click-through rates) by more than 100% just by creating better thumbnails. So remember, you can make a great video, but if you can’t get people through the door, then it’s a waste of time. Pay attention to that first impression.

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Carla Marshall

Content Marketing Manager at FMR

Carla Marshall has over 10 years of experience in video marketing, social media management, content marketing, DRM and SEO. She was previously the editor-in-chief of ReelSEO.com, and as a journalist and video marketer, she covered news, creator journeys, and early digital publishing initiatives across all major online video platforms. She is YouTube certified and a judge for the Shorty Awards, as well as the UK, US, Canada, Global and EU Search Awards.

Add YouTube video thumbnails

Les vignettes vidéo permettent à votre public de voir un instantané rapide de votre vidéo. Vous pouvez choisir parmi les options générées automatiquement par YouTube ou télécharger les vôtres si votre compte est vérifié.

Vous pouvez également ajouter des miniatures dans l’application YouTube Studio sur votre appareil mobile.

Ajouter des vignettes automatiques ou personnalisées

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  1. Inicie sesión en YouTube Studio .
  2. En el menú de la izquierda, seleccione Contenido.
  3. Haz clic en el video que quieras editar.
  4. Seleccione una miniatura generada automáticamente o haga clic en Cargar miniatura para crear una miniatura de video personalizada a partir de una imagen en su dispositivo.
  5. Haga clic en GUARDAR.

Nota : es posible que los cambios en la miniatura tarden en aparecer en YouTube.

Vea cómo agregar una miniatura de video personalizada

Mire el siguiente video del canal YouTube Creators si desea un tutorial sobre cómo agregar una miniatura de video personalizada en YouTube.

Obtenga sugerencias para creadores de miniaturas de video. 

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Tamaño y resolución de la imagen

Your custom thumbnail image should be as large as possible. It will be used as the preview image in the embedded player. We recommend your custom thumbnails:

  • Have a resolution of 1280×720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels).
  • Be uploaded in image formats such as JPG, GIF, or PNG.
  • Remain under the 2MB limit.
  • Try to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as it’s the most used in YouTube players and previews.

Políticas de miniaturas

All custom thumbnail images must follow our Community Guidelines. Your thumbnails may be rejected and a strike on your account when it contains:

  • Nudity or sexually provocative content
  • Hate Speech
  • Violence
  • Harmful or dangerous content

Repeat offenses may lead to the removal of your custom thumbnail privileges for 30 days or even account termination. Learn more about Community Guidelines strikes.

Si un avertissement est émis, vous recevrez un e-mail et une alerte s’affichera dans les paramètres de votre chaîne la prochaine fois que vous vous connecterez à YouTube. Vous pouvez faire appel de l’avertissement si vous pensez que vos miniatures n’enfreignent pas le règlement de la communauté YouTube. Si votre appel est approuvé et que vous n’avez pas encore remplacé la vignette, nous pouvons la restaurer.

Limites de vignettes personnalisées

There is a limit to the number of custom thumbnails a channel can upload each day. If you get an error saying “Daily custom thumbnail limit reached” when trying to upload a thumbnail, try again in 24 hours. 

Limits may vary by country/region or channel history. Copyright strikes may affect channel history eligibility. Community Guidelines strikes will affect the number of custom thumbnails you can upload.

Why are my custom tiles disabled?

YouTube may disable custom thumbnails for certain search results when they are deemed inappropriate for viewers.

All custom thumbnail images must adhere to our community guidelines.

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Add video thumbnails in YouTube Studio app

The following information is for the YouTube Studio mobile app. Learn how to add video thumbnails on your computer or in the YouTube app.

Video thumbnails let your audience see a quick snapshot of your video. You can choose from options automatically generated by YouTube, or you can upload your own if your account is verified.

Add automatic or custom thumbnails

  1. Open the YouTube Studio app z7m4UMx4odRh6oSayWh9oW6GvEwU209EG1jS.
  2. From the bottom menu, tap Content  ILAO8SWhjkjRuJrDEZdxvH7rKuDThtkRJCQ7.
  3. Select the video you want to edit.
  4. Tap Edit IdYLBoPVYCw2AnOdxbxewznan5jS1cqLLc4nand so Edit thumbnail 9VTVRRbGyvP0I53DqkojjwARGzT3ZqhbaMHb.
  5. Select an auto-generated thumbnail or tap Custom Thumbnail to create a custom video thumbnail from an image on your device.
  6. Confirm your thumbnail selection and press SELECT.
  7. Press SAVE.

Note: Changes to thumbnails may take time to appear on YouTube.

Best Practices for Custom Tiles

Image size resolution

Your custom thumbnail image should be as large as possible as it will also be used as the preview image in the embedded player.

  • 1280×720 resolution (with a minimum width of 640 pixels)
  • Image formats JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG
  • Under 2MB limit
  • 16:9 aspect ratio

Sticker policies

All custom thumbnail images must adhere to our community guidelines. Your thumbnails may be disapproved and a warning posted to your account when they contain:

  • Nudity or sexually provocative content
  • hate speech
  • Violence
  • Harmful or dangerous content

Repeat violations may result in the removal of your custom tile privileges for 30 days, or even termination of your account. Learn more about Community Guidelines strikes.

Custom tile limits

There is a limit to the number of custom thumbnails a channel can upload each day. If you get an error saying “Daily custom thumbnail limit reached” when trying to upload a thumbnail, try again in 24 hours.

Limits may vary by country/region or channel history. Copyright strikes may affect channel history eligibility. Community Guidelines strikes will affect how much you can download.

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