Social Media YouTube How to Link to a Specific Part in a YouTube Video Create a YouTube time link to jump to a specific place in a YouTube video by Marziah Karch Writer Marziah Karch is a former writer for Lifewire who also excels at Serious Game Design and develops online help systems, manuals, and interactive training modules. our editorial process Marziah Karch Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Aug 07, 2020 Jon Fisher YouTube Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email When you want to link to a specific place in a YouTube video, instead of asking people to scroll forward to a particular time, you can instead link directly to the desired location in the video by adding this information to the end of the URL. It's easy to add a time stamp to the end of the video's URL, something you can do manually or automatically. Then, when the link is clicked and the video opens on YouTube, the video starts at the specific time you choose. These steps pertain to desktop users only. All browsers are supported including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, etc. Manually Add a Time Stamp to a YouTube URL To add a timestamp manually, open the YouTube video in your browser, then locate the URL for this video in your browser's address bar. This is the URL that shows near the top of the browser window when you're watching a video on YouTube. Depending on the URL, there are two ways to add a timestamp to the video: &t=1m30s or?t=1m30s Use the ampersand example if the URL includes a question mark, like if it ends in watch?v=Sf5FfA1j590. Short URLs that are listed as youtu.be don't have a question mark, so those would need to use the second example above. Here are two examples that jump to the same point in the video (using the two different timestamp options from above): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf5FfA1j590&t=1h10shttps://youtu.be/Sf5FfA1j590?t=1h10s The time you choose can be anything: hours, minutes, or seconds. If the video should be started at 56 minutes in, t=56m is all you need to include. If it should be 12 minutes and 12 seconds, t=12m12s is how you'd write it. A 2-hour, 5-second timestamp can skip the minute field altogether: t=2h5s. Add a Time Stamp Using YouTube's Share Feature You can also add a time stamp using YouTube's sharing options. Go to YouTube in your browser. Open the video you want to share and play it or move through the timeline until you reach the exact moment you want to use in the time stamp. Stop the video. Click the Share button to open the sharing pop-up. Select the checkbox under the URL that says Start at, and optionally adjust the time if it isn't correct. Lifewire Copy the updated shortened URL with the time stamp appended. Share this new URL, and anyone who clicks it sees the video beginning at the time stamp you specified. For example, in The Goonies video, the URL might look like this: https://youtu.be/5qA2s_Vh0uE?t=38s.