How to Share, Embed, and Link YouTube Videos

All your YouTube video sharing options

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With over one billion users around the world who watch one billion hours of content on a daily basis, there are lots of videos to share on YouTube. When you want to share the clips you find with friends and family over other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, use the YouTube sharing options.

Where to Find The Share Option in YouTube

To share a YouTube video, look below the video player to find the Share link. When you select the Share link, a menu opens with a number of sharing options.

A screenshot of a YouTube video and its Share option

How to Share a Video Via Message on YouTube

To send videos to people you're friends with on the platform, select Message on YouTube. The people you select appear in the To field. There's also a field where you can say something about the video you're sharing.

After you select Send, YouTube creates a private conversation where you and your friends can view and chat about the clip.

Screenshot of the Messages on YouTube option

Everyone you share the video with can see each other, read all replies, add people, and connect.

Share a YouTube Video Over Social Media or in an Email

You can share YouTube videos on social media platforms directly from the website. The social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, Blogger, and more.

You must be logged in to the social media site where you want to share the video, and this can be done either before or after you select Share. When you select a platform, YouTube creates the link and title of the video automatically so you can quickly share it.

A screenshot of a video being shared to Twitter

Clicking one of the share buttons in YouTube does not immediately post the video. There's at least one more button to press before sharing it on each platform.

Listed among all the social media sites are the options to Embed the video or Email it. Choosing the email option opens up the default Windows Mail app and begins a new message with the YouTube link inside.

How to Embed a YouTube Video

The option to embed a YouTube video is found to the left of all the social media options. To share the clip on your blog or website:

  1. Select Share.

  2. Select Embed.

  3. Copy the HTML code.

    Screenshot of the YouTube embed options
  4. Paste the code into your blog or website.

There are extra embed options if you want to further customize your video. Select the Start at check box to begin playing the video at a certain point. Either type the start time into the field or scroll through the video to reach it. The embed code automatically adds a new line denoting when the video should begin. You can also choose whether or not you want to show player controls or enable a privacy-enhanced mode.

You can also embed a whole playlist and make an embedded video start automatically.

How to Copy the YouTube Video Link

If you want only the hyperlink for a YouTube video, you'll find it at the bottom of the Share menu, along with the option to copy the link to the clipboard. This is a great way to capture the video's address so that you can share it over a non-supported social media website, post it in a comments section, or compose your own message. Just like embedding a video, you can choose a specific start time by selecting the Start At check box.