YouTube automatically generates a default thumbnail for your uploaded video. However, you may want to change this. Custom thumbnails with titles can increase your chances of being seen.
If you want to add a thumbnail to a YouTube video, here’s how to do it.
Step 1 – From the video’s playback page, select Info & Settings
Step 2 – Select Custom Thumbnail
Step 3 – Locate the image file and click Open, then Save Changes
If you want to add a thumbnail to a YouTube video, YouTube suggests that your custom thumbnails:
- Have a resolution of 1280×720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels).
- Be uploaded in image formats such as .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, or .PNG.
- Remain under the 2MB limit.
- Try to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as it’s the most used in YouTube players and previews.
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