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In one of his songs, Steven Wilson (singer, songwriter from the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree) sings, ‘God is on the net’. And those words strike a chord with the infinite array of possibilities the internet provides.

All social media platforms are great but if video is your focus, there’s nothing as popular as YouTube.

You can find an endless variety of content on YouTube, and what’s best is that the site (and the mobile app) provides you with the option of curating, collecting, organizing and sharing multiple content in a very easy manner through Playlists.

For start-ups, musicians or even bloggers, YouTube playlists are a blessing! Neither of those and just a casual YouTube user? The playlist function makes listening to your favorite tracks and sharing them with friends and family so much more convenient and fun.

Here you can read and learn in details about how to create a playlist on YouTube, edit YouTube playlist and how to share a YouTube playlist on a website or with your friends in simple easy steps!

How to Make a Playlist on YouTube?

YouTube Playlists make life much easier for avid users as they don’t need to search and individually play their favourite items once they’ve created the list. You can make playlists on every YouTube platform, be it the web, android or IOS.

The steps elaborated here refer to creating YouTube playlist on the YouTube website that opens on your computer. So, if you have found the video around which you would want to create a playlist, follow these steps!

Step 1: First, search for the video you want to add to your YouTube playlist

Step 2: From the list of videos, click on the three dots at the right side of the video result and select “Add to Playlist” option

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Step 3: From the drop down menu, select ‘+ Create new playlist’.

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Step 4: Type in the name you’d like for your playlist in the pop-up box that appears.

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Step 5: The second thing the pop-up box asks is your preferred privacy setting. Click on the tiny down arrow on the bottom right corner.

Step 6: The Privacy Setting allows you to select between three options-

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Public:

This setting allows anyone on YouTube who looks at your profile or with access to the YouTube link to view the playlist.

The playlist can also appear in YouTube search results. For e.g., if you name the playlist, vacation ideas, and someone on searches something similar, your playlist might show up in the searches.

This is a good option if you want more traffic to your channel or don’t mind sharing your collection with the pubic.

Unlisted:

This option lets you stop your playlist from coming up in public searches or being visible on your channel for people who visit.

It is only visible to individuals with whom you share the direct link. Select this option if you would want the viewership of the playlist to be at your discretion.

Private/Hidden:

As the title suggests, this setting makes the playlist invisible to the world, except yourself. Even if anyone gets access to a direct link to this, the contents of the playlist will stay hidden.

This option is recommended if you are creating a private list for your eyes only.

Once you have decided how private (or not) you want the playlist to be, click on your preferred option.

Step 7: Click on Create once you are happy with the customization for playlist title and privacy settings.

And voila! Your first YouTube playlist has been created! You can access this under ‘Library’ which you can open by clicking on the menu bars at the top left corner of the page.

How to Edit a Playlist on YouTube?

Now that you have created the playlist, you might want to edit it occasionally to add more videos, remove outdated/unwanted videos or arrange the content in the playlist to your liking. Read on to learn how to perform each of those actions.

1. Adding Videos to YouTube Playlist

There are two ways in which you can add more related video content to the playlist you have created. You can add individual videos as and when you come across them or edit the playlist directly to add individual/bunch of videos to it.

Here you can explore both the options and apply them to what the situation demands!

When you come across a video that you would like to add to your playlist, follow these steps to add them to your newly created, existing playlist:

Step 1: Open the video you would like to add to the existing playlist and locate a sign with three dashes and a plus sign on the right side just below the player.

Step 2: Click on that sign.

Step 3: From the drop down menu, check the box beside the playlist to which you would like to add the video.

And a new video has been collected on your playlist! Remember, individual videos in a playlist adhere to the privacy settings of the playlist as a whole, so you don’t have to do the additional steps of setting the privacy.

The other way you can add videos to your existing playlist is to open the page where your playlist is saved and directly add one or more videos without checking each out individually.

These are the steps you can follow to add a bunch of videos to your playlist quickly:

Step 1: Locate the menu bar at the top left corner of the screen and Click on it.

Step 2: From the drop down list, Click on Library.

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Step 3: Scroll down the page till you see the Playlist section.

Step 4: Click on ‘View Full Playlist’ to open the playlist you would like to edit.

Step 5: Click on the Edit icon.

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Step 6: On the right side of the page, you can locate Add Videos. Click on that button to go to the interface which allows you to search and add videos, add videos from copied URL or add videos uploaded by you on your channel.

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Step 7: If you want to search and add videos, type in the keyword/video title to find search results.

Step 8: Click on the video to select and Click on Add Video bottom at the bottom left of the page.

Step 9: Repeat the process to add more.

You can also copy paste the URL of a video you have found on some external website but which plays on YouTube and add it to your playlist by clicking on the URL tab on the Add Videos page.

If you want to add videos uploaded by you on your channel to the particular playlist, Click the ‘Your YouTube Videos’ tab and get going!

2. Removing Videos from YouTube Playlist

Sometimes, you might want to update your existing playlist by removing videos which are out of order or do not suit the playlist. You can follow these steps to successfully delete videos you don’t want to be there on your playlist anymore:

Step 1: Locate the menu bar at the top left corner of the screen and Click on it.

Step 2: From the drop down list, Click on Library.

Step 3: Scroll down the page till you see the Playlist section.

Step 4: Click on ‘View Full Playlist’ to open the playlist you would like to edit.

Step 5: Click on the Edit icon.

Step 6: Hover over the video that you would like to delete and locate the ‘cross’ option that comes up on the right side.

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Step 7: Click on the cross sign to remove the video from your playlist.

3. Arranging Videos on YouTube Playlist

You might want to change how the videos are arranged on your playlist or set one of them as the thumbnail video. YouTube allows you the option to customize the arrangement of videos on your list and here’s how you do it!

Step 1: Locate the menu bar at the top left corner of the screen and Click on it.

Step 2: From the drop down list, Click on Library.

Step 3: Scroll down the page till you see the Playlist section.

Step 4: Click on ‘View Full Playlist’ to open the playlist you would like to edit.

Step 5: Click on the Edit icon.

Step 6: Hover over the video that you would like to re-arrange and Click on the ‘More’ option that comes up to the right.

Step 7: From the drop down list, select the option ‘move to top’, ‘move to bottom’ or ‘set as playlist thumbnail’ accordingly.

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Step 8: If you want to rearrange the videos in any specific order, hover on the left of the listed video till you find a handle to individually drag videos up or down the list.

How to Share a Playlist on YouTube?

Now that you have beautifully organized a playlist on YouTube, you may want to share it with your friends/family/other YouTube users. The following steps will enable you to share your playlist from, the web application:

Step 1: Locate the menu bar at the top left corner of the screen and Click on it.

Step 2: From the drop down list, Click on Library.

Step 3: Scroll down the page till you see the Playlist section.

Step 4: Click on ‘View Full Playlist’ to open the playlist you would like to share.

Step 5: Locate the ‘Share’ tab beside the playlist featuring the thumbnail and Click on it.

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Step 6: The drop down box will give you the option to share your list on various sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Blogger etc. Select the site where you would like to share it.

Step 7: If you want to share the playlist with people you trust, simply copy paste the link provided by YouTube in the box.

You can also check on the option which allows the person you have shared the link with to add videos and collaborate with you in updating the playlist.

Have fun with YouTube playlists and enjoy a smooth video experience!


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