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How to Copy a YouTube Link Step by Step With Photos

Hey there! If you‘ve ever wanted to easily share a cool YouTube video you found or save it to watch later, you‘ll need to copy the video link first. In this guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through how to copy any YouTube link on both desktop and mobile.

Whether you want to copy the link to a specific video, a precise part of a video, or an entire YouTube channel, I‘ve got you covered. With detailed instructions, photos illustrating each step, and expert tips, you‘ll be a pro at copying YouTube links in no time!

Copying Video Links on Desktop

When accessing YouTube on your computer, you have a couple options for copying a video link – through the address bar or the share menu under the video. Let‘s go through both methods:

Method 1: Copy Link After Playing Video

If you want to copy the link after you‘ve already opened the video, follow these steps:

Step 1: Sign in to Your YouTube Account

Go to and sign in by entering your Google account email and password in the top right corner. This allows you to access your full YouTube account with watch history and subscriptions.

According to YouTube, over 2 billion logged-in users visit YouTube each month. So chances are, you already have an account!

Step 2: Search for the Desired Video

In the search bar at the top of the page, type in keywords related to the video you want to share. For example, if you want to copy the link to a baking tutorial, you might search "chocolate cake recipe."

YouTube hosts over one billion hours of video and gets over one billion search queries per day. So no matter how specific your search, you‘re likely to find what you‘re looking for in their massive video library!

Step 3: Click to Open the Video

Browse through the search results and click to open the video that you want to copy the link for. Allow the video to begin playing.

Step 4: Locate the Share Button

Under the video player, you‘ll see various options like like/dislike, add to queue, save to playlist, etc. Click the "Share" button – it‘s an icon with an arrow pointing outward.

Share button under YouTube video

The share feature allows you to copy the link or share the video through various social media sites and messaging apps.

According to YouTube, over 700,000 hours of video are shared on the platform per day. The share button makes it quick and easy to distribute videos you love!

Step 5: Copy Link from the Share Window

In the share window that pops up, you‘ll see the video‘s URL in a box at the top. Click the "Copy" button next to it to copy the link to your clipboard.

Copy video link from YouTube share window

Now you‘ve successfully copied the link and can paste it anywhere to share the exact video!

Method 2: Copy Link from Address Bar

If you want to copy the video link without opening the share menu, use this shortcut method:

Step 1: Open Desired Video

Search for and click the video you want to share, allowing it to begin playing.

Step 2: Click Address Bar

In your browser at the top, click on the address bar where the video URL is displayed. This selects the link.

Step 3: Right-Click and Copy

Right-click on the selected link and choose "Copy" from the menu.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C (Windows) or CMD+C (Mac) to copy the link.

Step 4: Paste Link Where Needed

The video link is now copied to your clipboard. Paste it wherever you want to share it – in an email, document, social media post, etc.

That‘s it! With either of these methods, you can easily copy YouTube video links on desktop in just a few quick clicks.

Copying Links on Mobile Devices

If you want to copy a YouTube link from the YouTube mobile app, the process is very similar on both iPhone and Android.

Here are the steps for each platform:

Copy YouTube Links on Android

Step 1: Open the YouTube App

Open the YouTube app on your Android device. You may need to log into your Google account if not already signed in.

More than 2 billion monthly users access YouTube from mobile devices. The mobile app makes watching and sharing videos super convenient on the go!

Step 2: Search for Video

Tap the search bar at the top and type in keywords for the video you want to copy the link for.

According to YouTube, mobile makes up over 70% of total YouTube watch time. Users are constantly searching and discovering new videos through the app.

Step 3: Tap Video to Open

Browse the search results and tap to open the desired video. Allow it to begin playing.

Step 4: Tap Share Button

While the video is playing, tap the "Share" button just below the video player. This opens the sharing menu.

YouTube share button on Android

Step 5: Tap "Copy Link"

In the sharing options, tap "Copy link" to copy the video URL to your clipboard.

Copy YouTube link on Android

Now you can paste the link to share it elsewhere!

Copy YouTube Links on iPhone

Copying a YouTube video link on an iPhone is very similar:

Step 1: Open YouTube App

Launch the YouTube app on your iPhone. Sign into your Google account if needed.

The YouTube app has over 1 billion downloads on iOS. It‘s one of the most popular free apps in the App Store!

Step 2: Search for Desired Video

Tap the search bar and type in keywords related to the video you want to copy the link for.

Step 3: Tap to Open Video

Browse the search results and tap the video you want to open it. Allow the video to begin playing.

Step 4: Tap Share Icon

Below the video player, tap the arrow Share icon to open sharing options.

YouTube share icon on iOS

Step 5: Tap "Copy Link"

In the sharing menu, tap "Copy Link" – this copies the video URL to your clipboard.

Copy YouTube link on iPhone

Now the link is ready to paste wherever you want to share it!

Copying YouTube links on mobile only takes seconds, making sharing videos on the go quick and seamless.

Copying Links to Specific Video Times

By default, copying a YouTube link will share the video starting from the beginning. But you can actually copy a link that starts at a specific timestamp in the video!

Here‘s how to do it on desktop:

Step 1: Play Video and Pause at Desired Timestamp

Open the YouTube video you want to share. Play through it and pause at the exact time where you want the copied link to start playing from.

For example, you might want to share a link that skips the intro and starts at the 1:30 mark where the main content begins.

Step 2: Right-Click Video Player

Right-click directly on the video player at the paused timestamp. In the menu, choose "Copy video URL at current time."

Copy video URL at current time

This copies the link starting at the chosen timestamp, rather than the beginning.

Step 3: Paste Link

Paste the copied link wherever you want to share it. When viewers open the link, the video will start playing from the specific time you copied it at.

Pretty cool right? This allows you to skip right to the relevant part that you want to highlight when sharing videos.

Copying YouTube Channel Links

In addition to copying links for individual videos, you may also want to copy and share links to entire YouTube channels that you follow.

Let‘s go over how to do this, both on desktop and in the mobile app:

Copy Channel Link on Desktop

On a computer, here‘s how to copy a channel‘s link:

Step 1: Open YouTube Channel

Go to and navigate to the channel page that you want to copy the link for.

For example, search for the channel name in search, or click "Subscriptions" in the left sidebar and click on the channel you want from your list.

Step 2: Click "Customization"

At the top of the page, click your profile picture, then select "YouTube Studio" from the dropdown menu.

In YouTube Studio, click on "Customization" in the left sidebar menu.

YouTube Studio Customization

This is where you can customize your channel settings.

Step 3: Find "Channel URL"

Under the "Basic Info" tab, scroll down until you see the "Channel URL" field. This contains the unique URL for that channel page.

YouTube channel URL

Step 4: Click Copy Icon

To the right of the channel URL, click the "Copy" icon to copy the link to your clipboard.

Copy YouTube channel link

Now you‘re ready to paste the channel link anywhere you want to share it!

Copy Channel Link on Mobile

On the YouTube mobile app, here‘s how to copy a channel link:

Step 1: Open Channel Page

In the YouTube app, use search to find the channel you want to share. Tap the channel icon or name to open its page.

Alternatively, tap your profile picture > "Subscriptions" and select the channel you want.

Step 2: Scroll Down to "More Info"

On the channel page, scroll down below the channel stats and videos. There you‘ll find a "More Info" section.

Step 3: Long Press Channel URL

Under "More Info", long press on the channel URL to highlight it. This will open a menu.

More info on YouTube channel page

Step 4: Tap "Copy Link"

Tap "Copy Link" in the menu that appears. This copies the channel‘s URL to your clipboard.

Now you can paste the link anywhere you want to share the channel!

Copying a channel link is great for sharing your own channel or your favorite creators with your friends and followers.

Helpful Tips for Sharing YouTube Links

Now that you know how to easily copy any YouTube link, here are some useful tips for sharing them:

  • Paste links in emails – Share videos with friends and family by pasting YouTube links in email messages.

  • Promote videos on your website – If you have a website or blog, embed video links in your content.

  • Share links on social media – Post YouTube links on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

  • Send links through messaging apps – WhatsApp, Telegram, Slack, and more allow you to share YouTube links.

  • Share video timestamps – Use time-specific links to share the most relevant parts of longer videos.

  • Promote your YouTube channel – Share your channel link so viewers can subscribe and see all of your content.

  • Use link shortener services – If needed, shorten lengthy YouTube links using sites like

So there you have it – a complete guide to easily copying and sharing any YouTube link. Now get out there and start sharing those awesome videos with the world! Let me know if you have any other questions.