Many people will tell you that you should not judge a book by the cover, but while you are shopping for a new item, say a new book for you to read, a nice book cover will grab your attention first, right?
Thus, a novel with a lovely cover would most probably be the first thing that can catch your attention first, and after that, you will probably pick the book up and read it.
The whole situation is also similar when it relates to YouTube video thumbnails. You can make amazing videos, but while people are going through the YouTube feed, people will more likely click on the YouTube video’s thumbnail that looks the best based on what they see immediately.
Suppose the video uses a rather engaging thumbnail and catchy text that will tell you what you will watch. In that case, you will most probably open it, compared to a simple thumbnail with the sky and the road on it, and no one will bother to click on the video because of the thumbnail.
There are different methods on how to add a thumbnail to a YouTube video, and it also depends on a different kind of content of what the Channel is about. Sometimes, just a catchy screenshot from your video should be enough.
If the Channel focuses on a certain type of entertaining content, like tutorial videos or highlighted videos, you might want to go for another custom thumbnail.
How to Add Thumbnail to YouTube Video
If you do not want to create the video thumbnail yourself, YouTube will make the whole thing easier for you. The minute you upload the video, the platform will take three different screenshots from your video footage and tell you that they are thumbnails.
Depending on what type of video it is, there are chances that at least one of the thumbnails will perform just fine. The whole issue is that if the video has a lot of movement, it might result in a blurry screenshot that might not look professional. Even if you have already recorded yourself making some funny antics in the camera, YouTube might have already captured weird facial expressions that you might not want to show in the video.
To avoid using a non-appealing thumbnail, you might want to pop up different alternative solutions. Before we do what we are about to do, let us look at a different side of adding an extra thumbnail to the YouTube video.
How Do You Alter the Thumbnail of a YouTube Video
There are two different methods to add the thumbnail to your video on YouTube. This is how to do so:
- While you upload the video.
- When you publish your video.
How to Add Thumbnails When You Upload the Video
Whether you have picked or imported the right thumbnail when you have succeeded in uploading the video, you can use YouTube Studio to change it later on. To do this, you might need to:
- Login to the YouTube account.
- Double-tap on your profile icon on the top right of your website.
- Pick YouTube Studio on the drop-down site.
Go straight to the YouTube Studio dashboard. After that, locate the video you want to alter the thumbnail and input the right settings. To do this, you might want to:
- Open the content tab on the left upper part of the drop-down menu.
- Look for the right video on the whole list of the content that has been uploaded.
- Open the context menu by letting the mouse hover above the video.
- Double-tap the pertinent details on the right icon that looks like a pen.
When you click on the settings part for the video, you might want to scroll down until you finally find the Thumbnail part. Pick your desired thumbnail, or upload a brand-new image on the Upload button.
How to Make Sure You Can Add a Customized Thumbnail to the YouTube Video
If you cannot add an extra option to the YouTube video, you do not have a verified account. Only people that have verified accounts have the right option to:
- Upload custom thumbnails.
- Post videos that are 15 mins max.
- Livestream the videos to the audience.
- Provide proper content ID claims.
To verify a valid YouTube account, you might need to:
- Double-tap on the profile icon.
- Pick the right settings from the drop-down platform.
Open the account tab from the left side of the website. Look for the channel part, where you can see a good profile image and different links for various settings. Click on the status on the Channel.
The setting is a pop-up menu for the status of the Channel, and there will be different features that open up. Double-tap on the Channel tab, and go to the Features section. Here, you will see the primary features and the different ones needed to activate when you finally verify your account.
The good part is that you do not need different views or followers to attempt this. Click on the button to verify your phone number to jump to the next step.
The whole account verification process is made out of two steps. First, you will have to:
- Pick the right country from the drop-down platform.
- Choose how you want to get the verification code.
- Key in the phone number.
If necessary, change the primary language that you want to get with your verification code. Click Submit. You are done!
Adding Thumbnail to the YouTube Video When Doing Live Streaming
When you do live streaming, your audience will see the video with a primary thumbnail. Before you start a new stream, you can opt to schedule it, and you have a lot of different options, like the title, privacy, music, and the audience.
To add the right thumbnail to get the right audience’s attention, then Upload the thumbnail and import the image you have made.