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How to Change YouTube Video Custom Thumbnail – Tutorial (No Software Needed)

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How to Change YouTube Video Custom Thumbnail- If you are not seeing a custom thumbnail button, look at the following: #1 Monetize your channel. #2 Click on Youtube Settings and then Under Channel Settings click featured… Make sure you are in good standing and approved

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Have you wondered how to change your YouTube Video Thumbnail?

In this tutorial, I"m going to show you how simple this really is, it's not that complicated.

Steps to Change Your YouTube Video Thumbnail – Make It Custom!

Step 1: Click of the upper right-hand corner for the video manager. This will bring in the section where it has all your uploaded videos.

Step 2: Select a Video to Edit that you want to customize that thumbnail – Click that edit button and YouTube automatically selects three thumbnails that you can choose from and one of them might be great but I want you to use this step because it's going to bring more conversions. It's about more people clicking on that video and watching the video and to do that they have this custom thumbnail button that your able to upload and I'm going to show you how to maximize the clicks from there.

Step 3: File Size for that Custom Thumbnail – YouTube suggest that we use 1280 pixels by 720 pixels. And you can upload it as a JPEG, PNG, whatever and have it to be no more than 2 MB.

Step 4: Take Screen Shot of the Thumbnail – On Windows you can use the snipping tool. On a Mac hit command, shift & 4.

Step 5: Edit Thumbnail at http://www.Pixlr.com – This is where you want to start customizing that thumbnail. Use Colors and Text that will stand out.

Step 6: Upload custom Thumbnail: We need to come back to our channel and to get back where we need to be we need to go ahead and hit edit. So let's go to the video manager again. And let's hit the edit button. And we'll now get this custom thumbnail and upload the image that we actually just did.

That's how you customize those thumbnails for the YouTube videos.

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  1. Elite Games || Danish Zia says

    AWSOME VIDEO , but i have got a problem , and i hope that you can help me ,
    i just uploaded a thumbnail about an hour ago , but i cannot see it on my
    video still 

    1. Derral Eves says

      Your Browser caches the image that is there… You can force a reset of
      your cache and it will show up.

  2. MichaelSerial says

    Thanks for the help, Derral! we appreciate you very much! You’re a TOTALLY
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    1. SilenT Gaming says

      same thing 4 me

    2. Onixpected says

      need to get verified

    3. Prø Tëamate says

      +Onixpected how do you get verified I’m on mobile

    4. Dognut8315 says

      Ikr and I dont wanna b verified!

    5. Onixpected says

      +NBKgamerPRO Plays i don’t think you can on mobile, but you would go to
      creator studio, click ‘verify’ and then give them your phone number.

  5. TouchTheRazor says

    the custom thumbnail dosen’t appear on my channel :-(

    1. KawaiiKellight says

      You need to be verified

  6. Modern Tori says

    When I went in to edit it I didn’t see custom thumbnail

    1. Modern Tori says

      +jaylan the dark lord no you don’t I not even class se to that I I can add
      custom thumbnails

    2. jaylan the dark lord says

      k then?

    3. Stromman GT says

      Modern Tori same

    4. Unity salon says

      Modern Tori yup I have the same problem

    5. Rockybarry says

      What I mean by getting your account verified is not your youtube account,
      but linking your email account to your youtube account and verifying it so
      Google can confirm it’s a real email.

  7. McDiamondPIE says

    There’s no custom tumbnail button on my thing… I am sad :(

    1. KawaiiKellight says

      You need to be verified

    2. B3kwags says

      What she said

    3. Cutie girl Sabha says

      +B3kwags how to be verified

  8. Brianna Games says

    It’s not there in 2016 .


    Help me please.

    1. Rockybarry says

      You can use photo editing software (some may cost you money)

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  10. PelThePinda says

    Sorry derral but i don’t see a button “customize thumbnail”

    1. B3kwags says

      You need to be verified

    2. Creative Monkeyz says

      You have to be verified.

  11. The Cookie says

    there is no custom thumbnail button !!!!!!!

    1. Austin Lallemand says

      How do you verify?

    2. Meimei Kurosaki says

      omg same

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  12. Gabe Lee says

    Does anyone know how do you change a thumbnail for a video file that is on
    your computer and not a video that is on YouTube? Let’s say you do not
    particularly like a certain thumbnail for a video file. How do you change
    the image to show another part of the video? Is that even possible?

    1. Twiggier Lake says

      +Gabe Lee Did the video work out? Because I really didn’t think it was
      possible to change a file thumbnail.. But to be honest nowadays everything
      is possible right?

    2. Gabe Lee says

      +Twiggier Lake Do you mean did my method work out or did the method on the
      video I posted a link to work out? I have not tried either one yet.

    3. Twiggier Lake says

      +Gabe Lee Did you find your solution for your thumbnail problem

    4. Gabe Lee says

      +Twiggier Lake It appears that I did. I may have even found two solutions.

  13. mirandaisaphanda says


    1. B3kwags says

      You need to be verified

    2. mirandaisaphanda says

      +B3kwags it still isnt but i found something more helpfull

  14. Ginger Bakery 25 says

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  15. Jelisa honsa says

    Nothing show up -.- where do i go and get Custom Thumbnail

  16. Chara Gaming says

    im dont got change thumbnaill

  17. LizTantoco says

    My videos is not showing the watch on YouTube button? Help pls;)

  18. LizTantoco says

    Mine just says AirPlay? No YouTube to click on??

  19. Sherry Choong says

    hi derral u are amazing but i dont have the utube button that u clicked im
    using samsung phone idk wether u know but most americans use iphones so
    sorry if u dont know is okay i still sub to u and like ur videos anyways

  20. LuAnnaKnight Anna says

    No sorry it don’t can u make a new video for this new update? PLZ

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