How to Change YouTube Video Cover photo from PC and Phone

Published: May 4, 2022

Last Modified: March 2, 2023

How to Change YouTube Video Cover photo from PC and Phone

Option 1: Computer

  1. In the creative studio, go to the section: “ Video Manager ”, in which select the category: “ Video ”.
  2. A page will appear in front of you, on which all the videos you have previously added will be displayed. To set a cover image in one of them, you need to click the ” Edit ” button under the video you want to add it to.
  3. Now the video editor is open in front of you. Among all the elements, you must click on the ” Custom Icon ” button, which is located to the right of the video itself.
  4. Explorer will appear in front of you, where you must pave the way to the image that you want to put on the cover. After selecting it, click the ” Open ” button.

After that, wait for loading (a few seconds) and the selected picture will be defined as the cover. To save all changes, you need to click the Publish button . Before that, do not forget to fill in all other important fields in the editor.

Option 2: Mobile devices

On gadgets running Android and iOS / iPadOS, the required procedure is performed through the YouTube Creator Studio application, which can be obtained from the Play Market and the App Store.

  • Run the program and in the control panel window, tap on the video whose cover you want to change.
  • Click on the button with the image of a pencil.
  • Repeat this operation on the next screen.
  • Here, use the “Custom icon” element – its location is indicated in the screenshot below.
  • Grant the application permission to access the file system, if required.
To upload your picture, you usually need to verify your account, if this has not been done before. It is recommended to perform this operation from a computer, details can be found in the manual at the link below.

Having done this, use the gallery (iOS) or file manager (Android) to select a picture.

If the system detects that the image does not meet the criteria for resolution and volume, you will receive a warning.

Wait for the future preview to load, then click Save to apply the changes .

Done – now you need to wait until the data is updated on the service itself, usually this does not take much time.

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