How to Upload Videos on YouTube Faster

By Theodora Pennypacker

According to YouTube’s press page, the video sharing service receives more than 800 million global visitors each month. The online destination’s massive community has made it the third-most visited website on the Internet. If you own a small business, you can interact with YouTube’s colossal audience by starting a free channel on the service. You can leverage the website as a marketing platform by posting videos of commercials, business presentations, sizzle reels, customer testimonials and product demos. When it comes to maintaining a YouTube channel, it is essential to keep your presence fresh by posting videos as quickly as possible. Making simple adjustments to your computer hardware and software can significantly increase the speed of your YouTube video uploads.

Step 1

Increase your broadband speed. A faster Internet connection can not only enhance Web browsing, but it can also facilitate file transfer processes like YouTube video uploads. Although YouTube does not define minimum system requirements for video uploads, it does advise end users to have a minimum broadband speed of 500kb per second for video viewing.

Step 2

Remove any non-critical programs from your hard disk. If you cannot obtain a faster Internet connection, relieving storage space on your computer will improve your system’s processing speed and indirectly boost your broadband speed. Open the Windows Start menu and select “Control Panel.” Click the “Programs and Features” icon and a list of all the programs installed on your computer appears. Right-click on a listing and choose “Uninstall” from the fly-out menu. Confirm the action on the dialog box and follow the onscreen instructions to remove the program from your hard disk.

Step 3

Delete any unnecessary files on your hard disk. Like non-critical programs, an abundance of unnecessary files can fill your hard disk and compromise system activities. To selectively delete an unnecessary file, open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to the item in its storage location. Right-click on the item and select “Delete.” Permanently delete the unnecessary file by emptying the Recycle Bin. To delete unnecessary files en masse, run the Disk Cleanup. Open the Start menu and click "All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup.” The computer maintenance utility analyzes your hard disk and a dialog box appears. Select the files you want to delete and click “OK.” Disk Cleanup erases all of the unwanted items on your system.

Step 4

Shut down any non-essential tasks and background processes, especially ones that are consuming bandwidth. Just like storing superfluous programs and files, running multiple operations on your system will bog down processing speed and impede overall computer use. To selectively manage your system’s activities, press “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” on your keyboard and open the “Start Task Manager.” Select the "Processes" tab, choose a listing for a process to terminate and click the “End Task” button. Press “Esc” to exit the Task Manager.

Step 5

Make sure that you are using a supported Internet browser. Although any connected Internet browser can probably access the online video sharing service, YouTube recommends the most recent version of Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer (with Silverlight enabled). In addition to handling video uploads of up to 20GB in size, all of these applications are capable of recovering file transfers that time out or get cancelled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since compressed videos are relatively smaller in size, they can upload onto YouTube more readily. Despite the faster transferring time, YouTube does not encourage users to submit compressed versions of their original files. Because YouTube converts every uploaded video into a specialized streaming format, putting an original file through a secondary encoding will likely lead to quality degradation.