YouTube is a great place to 'broadcast yourself' — and it's super easy to get started!
Lots can happen when you're out and about, and you may not want to wait until you're around a computer to share it with the whole world.
YouTube has been part of Google since 2006. With that being the case, it would make sense that Google would make it as easy as possible to sign in and share videos with the official Android YouTube app, right? It really is pretty easy. We'll go through the process with you, and you'll be uploading videos in no time.
In order to upload anything to YouTube from your mobile device, you need to be signed in. When you first open the app, Google will prompt you do do so via one of your Google accounts. If you managed to skip this the first time around, or in case you need to sign in again, launch the app and select the three dots placed on top of each other in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Select "Sign in."
From there, you can choose to sign in with a Google account (which also works for YouTube) that has already been used on the device or you could choose to add a different account.
If you choose "Add account," you can sign in using an existing Google account (but maybe it hasn't been used on the device you're using). You will be asked for an email address and a password. You could also choose to create a new account right there on your device.
Now that you've signed in, you can upload videos!
From the home screen, as well as other screens in the YouTube app, you'll see something that looks like this at the top of your screen. Select the upper left-hand corner of the screen where you see those three lines and the YouTube logo (the "hamburger menu").
That will take you to a menu that looks something like this. To upload a video, select "Uploads." Take a look at that icon with the upward arrow with the line underneath it. That'll be important.
After selecting "Uploads," you'll see a screen like this. Remember the icon with the arrow? It should appear, at least if you have videos you can upload on your device. Select that icon.
That'll take you to videos on your device that you can upload. Select which video you'd like to upload by tapping it.
The first time you upload a video from your device, you may be asked whether you would like uploads to be restricted to just when you're using a Wi-Fi network. For many people with limited amounts of data, this may be the ideal option. Video uploads will count against data caps.
You'll be able to give your video a title and tag it, which will help others find it. You may also enter a description of the video.
You'll also be able to select the privacy level of the video you upload. If it's set as public, anybody will be able to find and view it. If it's set as unlisted, it won't be put out there for everybody to find and see, but anybody with the link will be able to view it. Set the video to private if you want yourself (or your account) to be the only one who can view the video.
Once you've entered the appropriate information, hit the upward arrow icon (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen) again and the video will begin uploading.
You'll be taken to a screen where you can track the upload progress. You'll see when it's finished uploading from that screen as well.