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

What To Know

  • Open the YouTube video, slide the slider to the point you want to share, and press Share below the video. Copy the URL, and send it off.
  • Open the YouTube video, and copy the URL. Then, add &t= with the time, like &t=1m30s. For shortened URLs, use ?t= instead.

This article explains two different ways to link to a specific part of a YouTube video. Both are simple and straightforward, but you'll find the most common way first. These steps pertain to desktop users only. All browsers are supported.

Add a Time Stamp Using YouTube's Share Feature

You can also add a time stamp using YouTube's sharing options.

  1. Go to YouTube in your browser.

  2. 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.

  3. Stop the video.

  4. Click the Share button to open the sharing pop-up.

  5. Select the checkbox under the URL that says Start at, and optionally adjust the time if it isn't correct.

    Screenshot of Sharing screenin YouTube with timestamp URL highlighted
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  6. Copy the updated shortened URL with the time stamp appended.

  7. 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.

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=1h10s
  • https://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.