How to Upload a YouTube Video from an iPhone

You can create, edit, and upload a video straight to YouTube from your iPhone – I'll go over every part of the process.

How to Upload a YouTube Video from an iPhone

Now that iPhones allow a user to dive in and edit their films right on their device, it's more realistic than ever to upload these videos straight to YouTube. With the YouTube app being readily available to download for free, the process is available to anyone.

But of course, you need to be able to put your video together before you can upload your video to YouTube, and you don’t have to look any further than Kapwing.

  1. (Optional) Make final edits in Kapwing
  2. Upload video to YouTube

Step 1 (Optional): Make Final Edits in Kapwing

Since YouTube only provides a couple editing options, I recommend using the Kapwing Studio to prepare it for YouTube. First, head to in your phone's browser and tap on Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio.

You can upload a video straight from your iPhone.

Tap the Upload button, then select Photo Library. This will open up your iPhone’s photo library, where you can find your video, select it, and then choose Add in the upper-right corner of the screen.

This will send your video into the editing studio, where you will have access to all of Kapwing’s editing tools to change up the video as you see fit. You can add text, change the dimensions of the video, add some graphics over it, and much more.

You can export your video using Kapwing's cloud services.

When you're finished editing, select the green Export Video button in the top right corner to process your video. Once this is done, choose Download to save the video to your camera roll.

Step 2: Upload Video to YouTube

Open the YouTube app on your iPhone and you will be greeted with your home screen. In the middle fo the bottom menu, you will see a plus-sign. Tap on this and then select Upload a video on the new menu.

The YouTube app will let you upload any video on your iPhone.

If you haven’t before, you will have to give the YouTube app access to your photo library, which it will automatically ask you to do. Just tap on the Allow Access button in the middle of the screen.

Now, every video saved in your photo library will be ready for you to upload to your YouTube channel. Tap the video you want to upload to YouTube. This will take you to a screen where you can trim the clip to upload just the part that you want. Once you’ve done that, tap on Next in the upper-right corner.

The next screen will have you enter a title and description for the video, then choose to label your video as "for kids" – I recommend selecting, "No, it's not made for kids," unless it's specifically created for very young audiences. This way, users can add comments to your video and discover it in the usual parts of YouTube. Then, tap on the Upload button in the top-right corner of your screen.

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