2021 YouTube Size Guide

YouTube is a video-sharing social media network that is accessed by the most devices out of every network listed in our Ultimate Social Media Size Guide. With this wide variety of devices, including tablets, phones, desktops, and tv’s, it's obvious how important it is to have your content sized properly to display correctly throughout every stream. Yet, it is almost impossible to remember all of these dimensions and specs without using a YouTube Size cheat sheet like this one from digital advertising agency Raleigh NC, Red Shark Digital. Below is a thorough yet easy to use size guide on optimizing your Youtube image sizes:

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Top Requested Youtube Sizing Questions:

1. What is the Youtube thumbnail size?

1280 x 720 pixels.

The optimal size for your Youtube thumbnail is 1280 x 720 pixels, with a minimum width of 640 pixels. This ensures your thumbnail is a high-quality, sharp image whether viewers are on their mobile app or their computers. Keeping your thumbnail at a ratio of 16:9 is a good rule of thumb, as this is most commonly used for players. Youtube thumbnails should be uploaded in JPG, PNG, or GIF formats and must remain under the 2 MB limit.

2. What is the best Youtube Channel Art size?

2560 x 1440 pixels.

Ideally, your Youtube channel art size, Youtube banner size, or Youtube header image size should be 2560 x 1440 pixels. The minimum dimensions are 2048 x 1152 pixels. While these are all the same thing, they can be shown differently depending on which device your viewers are using. Continue scrolling to see the suggested pixels for various device displays.

3. What is the correct size for my Youtube profile pic?

800 x 800 pixels.

While the minimum size for a Youtube profile picture can be 250 x 250 pixels, it is highly suggested that your images are 800 x 800 pixels for the sharpest image possible whether viewers are on their mobile app or their computers. Keep in mind that while YouTube has you select a square image for your profile picture, that it is cropped to a circle frame. Make sure that you don’t have any content in the corners of your Youtube profile picture that you want to be seen, and that your file isn’t bigger than 2 MB!

2021 YouTube Size Guide-

Youtube Channel Sizes-

  • Profile image- 800 x 800 pixels
  • Banner image-
  • TV display- 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Desktop display- 2560 x 423 pixels
  • Phone display- 1564 x 423 pixels
  • Tablet display- 1855 x 423 pixels
  • Maximum file size for Youtube channel cover images- 4 MB

Digital advertising agency Raleigh NC, Red Shark Digital optimizes each of our videos that we post to our youtube channel. To grasp a better understanding of what we mean when we talk about all of these image sizes on a platform that is solely based on video content, check out our page.

Youtube Video Specs-

  • Video thumbnail- 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Standard- 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Maximum file size for YouTube videos- 128 GB
  • Maximum video length for YouTube videos- 12 hours

Youtube Ads Sizes-

  • Display ads- 300 x 250 pixels
  • Maximum display ad length for YouTube- 30 seconds
  • Maximum file size for Youtube display ads- 150 KB
  • Overlay ads- 480 x 60 pixels
  • Maximum overlay ad length for YouTube- 10 seconds
  • Maximum file size for Youtube overlay ads- 150 KB
  • Skippable ads- 1920 x 1080 pixels (size of the YouTube player)
  • Maximum skippable ad length for YouTube- 15-20 seconds
  • Maximum file size for Youtube skippable ads- 150 KB
  • Non-skippable ads- 1920 x 1080 pixels (size of the YouTube player)
  • Maximum non-skippable ad length for YouTube- 15-20 seconds
  • Maximum file size for Youtube non-skippable ads- 150 KB
  • Pre-roll or bumper ads- 640 x 360 pixels
  • Maximum bumper ad length for YouTube- 6 seconds
  • Maximum file size for Youtube bumper ads- 1 GB

With hours of content at your user's fingertips, there is no reason your videos and ads shouldn’t be accurately sized for YouTube optimization. To be sure each posting is correct, download or save this Youtube Size cheat sheet, or our full social media size guide for 2021 PDF for all of your videos to come.

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Download our templates for the best social media image sizes to use in 2021

Want to save yourself some time and hassle while posting on your favorite social media platforms? We have generated a one-stop-sizing-shop for the top 11 social networks being used today. Download and refer to the social media size guidelines whenever you are creating, editing, or uploading content this year to optimize your posts and to take the guesswork out of the process. Utilize the additional information explained in this social media size guide to make posting to social platforms a breeze in 2021. Contact Red Shark Digital advertising agency Raleigh NC for all of your social media marketing and management in 2021.