How to Create and Manage a YouTube Playlist




The goal of these instructions is to enable you to create and manage a YouTube video playlist. We hope that this tutorial will help students and business professionals to streamline their presentations. Unlike the “My Favorites” option, creating a playlist allows you to isolate a subset of videos and play them in sequence. In order to successfully complete this tutorial, you must have basic knowledge of the internet and the ability to create a YouTube account of your own.


Step 1: Finding Videos

a. Begin by logging in to your YouTube account or by creating a new one.
b.Search for a video—this can be done by typing keywords into the white search bar at the top of your screen. For example, “famous baseball moments”.

Step 2: Starting Your Playlist

a. Click the “Search” button to retrieve a list of videos related to your topic. Select a video from the list by clicking on the video thumbnail.
b. If you wish to add the video you selected to your playlist, begin by clicking the downward pointing arrow next to the “Add to” button and select the “New playlist…” option from the drop down menu.

Step 3: Naming Your Playlist

Enter a name for the playlist and press the “enter” button on your keyboard.

Step 4: Adding More Videos to Your Playlist

If you wish to add more videos to your playlist, repeat steps 1b and 2a. After clicking the downward arrow next to the “Add to” option, select the name of the previously created playlist instead of clicking the “New playlist…” option. This video will now be added to your playlist.  

Step 5: Accessing Your Playlist

a. To access your playlist, click on your username at the top right of your screen.
b.  From the drop down menu, click on “My Videos”.

Step 6: Selecting Your Playlist

Click on your playlist in the column on the left side of your screen.  

Step 7: Playing Your Playlist

Click the “Play all” button directly above the thumbnail of your first video; this will cause your videos to play in succession.  

Step 8: Removing and Rearranging Videos in Your YouTube Playlist

a. To access your playlist, click on your username at the top right of your screen.
b. From the drop down menu, click on “My Videos”.
c. Select your playlist from the column on the left side of your screen.
d. To rearrange the order your videos play in, click on the number box next to the video you wish to move. A small grey rectangle will appear. Change the number in the white box to correspond with the desired placement of the video. Now click “Move”.
e. To remove a video, first check the gray box to the left of the video you wish to delete. Then, click the “Remove” button located above your playlist. The video will be removed. Do NOT click the “Delete Playlist” button.



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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    These instructions were very helpful!!! Thank you!!! You might want to consider consolidating the steps a little ( when i was setting up my playlist it was kind of a nuisance to have to click to the next step....when it seemed like some of the steps were part of the same process) The tutorial video was awesome, but just a little out of focus

    overall, very easy to follow and understand
    i feel very proficient in managing my playlists now : )


    8 years ago on Step 8

    This was very helpful and thorough. The video was a nice touch, though the audio seemed to be out of sync with the video, but perhaps that's just my computer being weird.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    It was clear and concise. There wasn't any glaring mistakes that I had noticed. I had no problem following these instructions so good job on that :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Overall, very well done! There are a couple things that jumped out at me, though:

    1) The first time you mention the "downward pointing arrow," (step 2b, I think) maybe give it a name at that point. I know not everyone knows what a "drop down" menu is, but I think it would make things simpler for the rest of the set of instructions for you to define it, as you did, then make it clear what its name is. From then on, every time you mention it, you can just call it what it is, the drop down menu. I notice you call it that later in the instructions without clarifying earlier what that is, exactly.

    2) In step 8, the word "gray" is used a few times, however it's not spelled the same every time. In one case, it's spelled, "grey," and in others, it's, "gray." Keep it constant! I guess that's more of a marketing standpoint, but I think it applies here as well.

    That's all I've got. Good job!


    I've made a playlist before, as well as taught others. This tutorial went much along the same lines as the method I used. The video on the last slide was a very helpful visual but as other have mentioned, the audio and visual weren't quite together. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Overall, this tutorial was very instructive and I could tell that the authors really thought out each step carefully and clearly, in order to not leave the reader with any confusion as to what comes next. My only advice would be to relocate step 2a back into step 1, since step 1 generally deals with searching for / finding videos and step 2 deals more with making a playlist. Additionally, the pictures were helpful in guiding the reader to know exactly what his/her screen should look like and where to find the key web-page buttons / links.
    Finally, on steps 2b and step 3, I think that it would help to be more specific about what happens when you click "New Playlist" to create the new playlist. For example, specify that the New Playlist button turns into a text field where you can name your playlist.

    Have used this instructable to build a playlist, it has worked very well. Screenshots on page 6 and 7 are a little small, but everything works as instructed