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How to Make a Playlist on YouTube, Step-by-Step with Photos

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How to Make a Playlist on YouTube, Step-by-Step with Photos

YouTube is home to millions of videos, which makes it easy to lose track of the content you love. Adding likes to videos helps, but learning how to make a playlist on YouTube is the best choice.

Playlists allow you to categorize your favorite videos for easy access, but they can also increase views if you’re a content creator. YouTube playlists are one of the top features of the site, and we’re going to show you how to set them up in 4 simple steps.

How to Make a Playlist on YouTube from the Web

While you can find YouTube on everything from smart TVs to smartwatches, the service began life on the web. If you want to set up a YouTube playlist through the website, follow these steps.

Step 1: Sign in to YouTube

Before you can create a playlist or upload content to YouTube, you need to sign into your account. You can do this by clicking going to YouTube and clicking on the profile icon shown on the top right-hand side of the page.

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Logging in to YouTube.

Step 2: Select a Video

Choose a video you want to save to a playlist on YouTube. You can search for it or pull it from your history, but look for the 3-dot menu on the video. Click on the dots to open a sub-menu where you’ll see an option for playlists. Select Save to Playlist.

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Saving the video after clicking on the three dots.

Step 3: Playlist Options

When you choose Save to Playlist, you’re presented with a pop-up that shows any playlists linked to your account. You can save the video to an existing playlist here or click on Create new playlist to make a new one.  

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Choosing to create a new playlist.

Step 4: Create a Playlist

Selecting Create a new playlist gives you the option to name your playlist and set access to the public. Type the name of your YouTube playlist into the field, choose the level of privacy and click Create to finalize the playlist.

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Naming our playlist.

Setting up YouTube Playlists on Smartphones and Tablets

If you want to make a playlist on YouTube through the Android or iPhone app it’s just as easy as it is from a PC. You can add any video to a playlist on mobiles through the 3-dot menu as you do on the web. You can also set one up from the Library section, which is handy for recently viewed videos.

Step 1: Open the YouTube App

Open the YouTube app on your smartphone or tablet. Log in to the service under the account you want to create a playlist with.

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Locating the YouTube app.

Step 2: Select Library

At the bottom of the screen are a row of icons including one for the Library on the far left. Tap on Library to proceed.

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Choosing Library from the options at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: New Playlist

From the History screen, you have quick access to all the videos you’ve liked. You can also pull content from previous playlists you’ve made on YouTube. Select New Playlist to begin the process of creating a new YouTube playlist.

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Selecting New playlist.

Step 4: Add Content

Now you can choose to create a playlist from your recently watched videos. Select the box next to each video you want to include and tap on Next. Set a title and permissions for your new playlist and select Create to complete the process.

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Entering the name of the new playlist.

How to Add Collaborators to YouTube Playlists

Adding videos to a YouTube playlist may be simple, but it can also become time-consuming. When you have hundreds of videos or a large channel to manage, you can set someone as a collaborator.

To add someone to a YouTube playlist as a collaborator you need to access the playlist section of your account. You can do this by going to the library and choosing playlists, which brings up a list of all playlists linked to your account.

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Navigating the playlist section.

Choose a playlist and then select the 3-dot menu. From the pop-up screen, click on Collaborate and flip the toggle to On. Now, you have the option to send a link from your list to people for collaboration, and anyone with the link can add videos to your playlist.

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Allowing collaborators to add videos to the playlist.

The Wrap-Up

YouTube allows users to set up an unlimited number of playlists. Our guide will have you set up your own in a matter of minutes, although it’s easy to go overboard. If you create too many playlists or want to merge them, removing a playlist from YouTube is just as easy as creating one.

For an overview of what you’ve just learned and to see the steps we’ve outlined in action check out the video below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it free to create YouTube playlists?

YouTube allows users to create playlists for free, although they do have a paid tier with premium perks.

Who can see private YouTube playlists?

Only people you’ve shared access with as well as those with access to your account.

Is it easy to share YouTube playlists?

You can share any playlist you’ve created through the 3-dot menu as long as the playlist is set to Public.

Can you turn off collaboration on YouTube playlists?

Yes, you need to find the playlist and choose Edit to turn off the ability to add new collaborators.

What is the video limit on YouTube playlists?

The limit is set to 5,000 videos per playlist currently.

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