How to Enable Long Videos on YouTube?

Enable Long Videos YouTube

If you’re new to YouTube, you may be frustrated by their 15-minute upload limit to your videos. Luckily, there are a few ways to circumvent this limit and upload videos that are much longer.

As you probably know, most people want to watch videos that are longer than 15 minutes. It’s really a pain to know that people want to see more of your content, but it feels like there’s nothing you can do about it.

Every person reading this can easily set up their account to enable them to upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

You need to know that YouTube isn’t doing this because they don’t like you or that there’s something wrong with your account. Every new YouTuber is hit with the 15-minute video limit, but thankfully, there’s a way to get around it.

YouTube Studio

Go to YouTube Studio on your YouTube account. This will take you to the dashboard.

Youtube Studio click

Go to Settings

Click on the settings tab on the left to go to the tabs to update video length.

Inside the Settings Area

In the settings area, another box comes up with General, Channel, Upload Defaults, Permissions, Community, and Agreements.

Click on the channel.

Then click on feature eligibility.

Increase your Limit

Here the default features are enabled where you see the green checkmark. If the feature is not enabled then click to enable.

The next step is to verify by phone.

Verify Account

Follow the steps to verify your account with a mobile phone.

Basically, all you do here is input the information YouTube asks for to verify your account with a mobile phone. Again, it’s not like there’s anything you can do to mess this up. Just follow give them the information they ask for. The entire process should take you no more than a few minutes at the most.

Enter the verification code that YouTube sends to your phone via text message.

YouTube will send a text message to your phone with a verification code. You enter that code on YouTube and continue to follow the instructions.

YouTube will confirm your verification code and will allow you to upload videos longer than 15 minutes


This is how you enable long videos on YouTube. Everything is now done, all you have to do is wait for YouTube to do their thing. The process is usually instant, but it may take a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

Don’t worry if you can’t upload videos longer than 15 minutes immediately. Though, you should be able able to upload them within seconds after YouTube validates your account using the verification code you entered.

Video Length

Let’s talk about why you want to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes

Videos over 15 minutes in length are viewed more frequently than shorter videos, which is why so many people want to upload longer videos. Longer videos give you more opportunity to connect with the viewer and potentially steer them towards an affiliate offer or something you’re promoting.

In addition, people are more likely to share a video that’s over 15 minutes in length. This is because people like to share videos, they think their friends will enjoy too.

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Watch Time and Making Money

Watch time is important for those who want to monetize their YouTube channel.

Your channel must have 4,000 hours of watch time before you can monetize it. If all you have are 5-minute-long videos, it will be challenging to achieve the required amount of watch time to get it to be monetized.

You need to make sure you start your YouTube channel off right. Engaging videos and doing SEO right is the key.

Watch time is measured by the total number of minutes watched on each video view. The longer your videos are, the more watch time gets racked up. The more watch time you rack up, the higher your chances are for monetizing your videos.

It’s in your best interest to do whatever it takes to increase the length of time people are watching your videos. The higher the views your videos have, the more you’ll be paid when you monetize them.

Start Making New Videos

There you have it; now you know how to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. It only takes a few minutes to do, but the results are worth it. You’ll get more views and potentially get more subscribers. Your channel will stand out amongst the thousands of similar channels out there.

When you have your videos uploaded, you can promote them on social media and see how they convert. You may be surprised at how many people will watch your long videos.

Once you’ve been able to upload long videos, go ahead and start to experiment with your channel. Experiment with different types of videos you want to upload, try other strategies like Patreon or join affiliate programs and find offers that you think your subscribers will buy.


Can you still upload videos that are less than 15 minutes after increasing the video length?

You can still upload videos that are shorter than 15 minutes after you’ve asked YouTube to increase your allowed video length. It doesn’t matter if you’ve increased the video length or not; you can still upload videos that are less than 15 minutes.

It’s not unheard of for people to increase their video length only to continue to upload mostly videos that are shorter than 15 minutes. Why? The reason may be that the YouTuber wants to know that they can if they desire to make a longer video.

What is your new maximum upload size?

YouTube places a maximum upload size of 256 GB or 12 hours, whichever is less. So, to be clear, you still have a restriction on the length of your video. However, almost no one reading this right now will have any problems with these requirements.

‘It’s hard to believe that you will make a video longer than twelve hours or larger than 256 in GB. However, if you do, all you need to do is break the video up into sections and upload each of them. YouTube will allow that, and you can get around even those extremely generous requirements.

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