Did you know that you can link to a specific time in a YouTube video? This is a great trick for when you just want to show a specific segment of a video—especially if the video is quite long and the segment that you want to share comes several minutes after it starts playing.
How do you link to a specific time in a YouTube video?
- Click the Share button directly beneath the video.
- In the popup box, look for the Start at checkbox at the very bottom of the box and click to check it off.
- Make sure the time in the Start at field is set to the exact time you want to link to in the video. You can set the video to the exact time you want and then follow the above steps again so the Start at time is set to the time on the video by default or alternatively type the time into the field yourself.
- Click the Copy button that appears to the right of the URL above the Start at checkbox. You might notice that the link in the field above has changed and includes some extra characters. These extra characters are used to tell YouTube to link to the specific time that you set for it.
- Paste the link wherever you want or click any of the social share buttons to share it. Anyone who clicks on the link to watch it will only be shown the footage starting from the time that you set.
Sharing a Link to a Specific Time in a YouTube Video on the Mobile App
On the official YouTube mobile app for both iOS and Android devices, you might notice that there’s a share button that allows you to copy the video link and share it to social apps, but no Start at checkbox or field. Unfortunately, this feature is only available when you watch a YouTube video from a web browser.
So if you want to link to a specific time in a YouTube video while using the app, you have a couple of options
- Open the video in a mobile web browser to get the Start at checkbox. Tap Share > Copy link and then open your mobile web browser to paste the link into the URL field. Then follow the exact steps listed above to link to a specific time.
- Link to a specific time by manually creating a time stamp.
Linking to a Specific Time in a YouTube Video by Creating a Time Stamp
You can manually link to a specific time in a video by adding ?t=00m00s to the end of any regular YouTube link. You simply replace 00m with the minute marker and replace the 00s with the second marker.
YouTube makes it fast and simple enough that you shouldn’t have to do this manually at all, but there’s no harm in learning anyway. Knowing how this works manually also gives you a better understanding of what those extra characters mean.