How to Customize an Embedded YouTube Video

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Gretchen Siegchrist

When you embed a YouTube video, you're displaying the original video as it's seen on YouTube. However, with just a few clicks, you can completely change how the video will appear when you embed it.

You might want to customize an embedded YouTube video to make it fit better on your website. Or maybe you want to stop your viewers from making the video full screen so that they see more of your website.

How to Change the Embed Options

There are a couple ways to copy a YouTube video's embed code, but the method we'll use is the one that gives us the visual options selector.

  1. Click SHARE below the video.
  2. Click Embed.
  3. Scroll below the embed code to the EMBED OPTIONS area.
  4. Select or deselect one or more of the options.
    1. Start at
    2. Show suggested videos when the video finishes
    3. Show player controls
    4. Show video title and player actions
    5. Enable privacy-enhanced mode
  5. Click COPY to copy the YouTube video embed code.

More Customization Options

If you paid close attention as you clicked the options above, you would have noticed the embed code change. This is because with each setting you enable or disable, the code updates to reflect how the video should behave.

YouTube allows for other alterations if you want to manually change the code. For example, setting the fs parameter to 0 prevents viewers from making the YouTube video full screen. Adding the start parameter to your code lets you choose at which point in the video to start the stream.

If you'd rather not update the code yourself, you can use this custom video embed generator. Just paste the video ID into the box on that page and enable any of the settings you see there to instantly change your embed code. Some of the options let you customize the width and height of the video player, force 1080 resolution, change the progress bar to white instead of red, and make the video play automatically.