How to Enable Custom Thumbnails on YouTube 2021

This blog was updated on May 24, 2021 and has been refreshed to remain relevant to our readers!

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Have you uploaded some great content to YouTube, only to see a few unsightly thumbnails to choose from for its preview? In the past, getting a decent thumbnail from a YouTube video was like playing roulette with your content. Now, any user that is in good standing can choose what image will embody their videos.

Videos with custom thumbnails don’t only give users control of how their media is being presented, but its been proven that this adjustment increases the rate of views. And we all want to increase our video views on YouTube, right?  Here’s how you can validate your account and start creating customized thumbnails of your own.

Step-by-Step on How to Enable Custom Thumbnails on YouTube

    1. Access Your Channel on YouTube.
    2. Under Channel, access the CUSTOMIZE CHANNEL button on the top right side of the screen.
    3. Next, you will choose the SETTINGS button on the bottom left column.
    4. In settings, you will choose CHANNEL and then FEATURE ELIGIBILITY.
    5. If your account has not yet been verified, you must have the verification code sent to your mobile device.
    6. Click the “Text me the Verification Code” option and enter your phone number. Once you receive a text message (ours came in less than a minute), enter it on the next screen. After pressing the submit button, you should see a message showing.
    7. Once verified, you will go to your CHANNEL CONTENT and will select the video you choose to add the custom thumbnail to.
    8. Scroll down and you will see the THUMBNAIL option, select the thumbnail you want for the video and save!

 

How to Set Custom Thumbnails on YouTube Studio 2021

Step 1:

Access Your Channel on YouTube.

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Step 2:

Under Channel, access the CUSTOMIZE CHANNEL button on the top right side of the screen.

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Step 3:

Next, you will choose the SETTINGS button on the bottom left column.

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Step 4:

In settings, you will choose CHANNEL and then FEATURE ELIGIBILITY.

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If your account has not yet been verified, you must have the verification code sent to your mobile device.

Click the “Text me the Verification Code” option and enter your phone number. Once you receive a text message (ours came in less than a minute), enter it on the next screen. After pressing the submit button, you should see a message showing.

Below is a photo of the verified/ enabled account.

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Step 5:

Once verified, you will go to your CHANNEL CONTENT and will select the video you choose to add the custom thumbnail to.

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Once your account is verified and posting custom thumbnails is enabled, access the settings for the video you would like to upload a custom thumbnail for. Underneath the thumbnails YouTube generated, you should see a CUSTOM THUMBNAIL option. From here, you can select the file you would like to represent your video. You can also find information about the size and file types that YouTube prefers.

 

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YouTube is a great way to share engaging content and boost your company’s SEO. Don’t let unattractive stills get in the way of people seeing what your videos have to offer. By representing your media in an appealing way, your content is more likely to get the attention that it deserves. Don’t forget to update your video’s description, then enjoy the benefits from this engaging content.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Marisa Nascimento
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    Thank you so much! That helped me a lot ! =)

  2. Manjul
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    Thanks a lot Sir.