Why Is My Youtube Video Not Uploading

Ever since I started creating content for YouTube, I have been facing a frustrating issue – my videos are not uploading properly. It has been a source of constant headaches and delays in my content creation process. After researching and experiencing various scenarios, I have come to understand some of the common reasons behind this problem. In this article, I will share my findings and personal experiences, and hopefully help others who may be facing the same issue.

Internet Connection

One of the first things to check when your YouTube video is not uploading is your internet connection. Uploading videos requires a stable and fast internet connection. If you have a slow or unstable connection, it can significantly hinder your ability to upload videos. I have personally experienced this issue when I tried to upload videos while using a weak Wi-Fi signal or during peak network congestion hours.

To troubleshoot this problem, try connecting your device directly to your modem using an Ethernet cable instead of relying on Wi-Fi. This can help ensure a more stable and faster internet connection. Additionally, you can try restarting your router or contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for assistance if the problem persists.

File Size and Format

Another common reason for videos not uploading on YouTube is the file size and format. YouTube has certain limitations when it comes to the size and format of videos that can be uploaded. If your video exceeds these limitations, it may fail to upload or take a long time to complete.

It is recommended to compress your videos before uploading them to YouTube. This will reduce the file size without compromising too much on the video quality. There are various video compression tools available online that can help you achieve this. Additionally, make sure your video is in a supported format such as MP4, AVI, or MOV.

Content ID Match

If your video contains copyrighted material, such as music or footage, YouTube’s Content ID system may flag it and prevent it from uploading. This system is designed to protect the rights of copyright holders and prevent unauthorized use of their content. If your video contains copyrighted material, you may receive a notification stating that your video cannot be uploaded due to a Content ID match.

In such cases, you can either remove the copyrighted material from your video or obtain the necessary permissions to use it. YouTube provides a guide on how to resolve Content ID claims, which can be found in their Help Center.


Dealing with videos not uploading on YouTube can be a frustrating experience, but understanding the possible causes can help troubleshoot and resolve the issue. Checking your internet connection, ensuring your file size and format are within YouTube’s limitations, and being aware of potential copyright issues can go a long way in solving this problem.

Remember to always be patient and persistent when facing technical difficulties. And if all else fails, don’t hesitate to reach out to YouTube’s support team for further assistance. Happy uploading!