How to add chapters to your YouTube video?

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Chaptering allows you to divide your videos YouTube in different sections. This feature greatly facilitates the viewing of content and is very popular with viewers, especially if the video is long. The platform offers two possibilities: create your own chapters or let YouTube take care of it.



Manual chaptering is still a new feature on YouTube. It is intended to replace the automatic mode. Indeed, some videos are not eligible for this feature because they received warnings or included inappropriate content. Want to divide your videos into sections? This tutorial explains how to do it.

Add chapters manually

Manual chaptering is done in the description of the videos. It is done by means of time codes. Here are the conditions to be met:

  • The first timecode must always be 00:00.

  • A minimum of 3 timecodes are required per video.

  • The chapters must last at least 10 seconds.

  • The titles of the different sections should be short.

Here are the steps to chapter your own content on YouTube:



1. Go to YouTube Studio and sign in, if you haven't already.

2. In the left column, select "Content".

3. Click on the thumbnail of the video you want to work on.

4. In the "Video details" menu, in the description field, add timecodes and chapter titles.

5. Click on “Save” (top right).

The chaptering is now visible on the video.


Add chapters automatically

1. Go to YouTube Studio and click on "Content" (in the left column).



2. Click on the video to edit.

3. In the "Video Details" menu, go to the bottom and find the "Auto Chapters" section.

4. Check the “Allow automatic chapters (subject to availability and eligibility)” checkbox. Then click the blue "Save" button at the top right of the screen.

If the video is eligible, the chapter will be automatically added. It can be deactivated at any time by clicking again on the box mentioned above.


The chaptering can also be corrected by going to the "Available chapters" section visible in this same menu. You must click on “Add chapters”, make your changes and then save them.

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