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Hello Peyton. I understand that it can be frustrating when your videos take a long time to upload on YouTube. There can be several factors that contribute to extended upload times. Here are some potential causes to consider:

  1. File size and format: Larger video files generally take longer to upload. If you’re uploading high-resolution videos or videos with long durations, they may have larger file sizes, which can result in slower upload speeds. Additionally, certain video formats may require more processing time during the upload process. It’s generally recommended to compress your videos before uploading them to reduce file size without significantly affecting the quality.
  2. Internet connection speed: The speed of your internet connection plays a crucial role in the upload process. If you have a slow or unstable internet connection, it can significantly slow down the upload speed. You may want to check your internet connection speed using online speed testing tools to ensure it meets YouTube’s recommended upload requirements.
  3. Network congestion: During peak hours or in areas with high internet usage, network congestion can occur. This can result in slower upload speeds as the available bandwidth is shared among many users. Uploading during off-peak hours might help improve the upload speed.
  4. YouTube’s processing time: Once you upload a video, YouTube needs to process and optimize it for streaming across devices and resolutions. This processing time can vary depending on the video’s length, resolution, and other factors. While YouTube’s processing is generally efficient, longer videos or videos with complex encoding may take more time to process.
  5. Upload server load: YouTube’s upload servers might experience heavy load at times, especially during peak usage periods. This can slow down the upload process for all users. If you consistently experience slow uploads, it could be due to temporary server congestion. In such cases, waiting for some time and trying again later may yield better results.

To overcome slow upload times, you can consider the following steps:

  • Compress videos: Use video editing software or online tools to compress your videos before uploading. This can help reduce the file size without significantly impacting the quality.
  • Check your internet connection: Ensure that your internet connection meets YouTube’s recommended upload speed requirements. If you have a slow connection, consider upgrading your internet plan or contacting your internet service provider for assistance.
  • Upload during off-peak hours: Try uploading your videos during times when internet usage is generally lower. This may help you avoid network congestion and potentially improve upload speeds.
  • Optimize video settings: Ensure that your video settings, such as resolution and frame rate, are optimized for YouTube. Refer to YouTube’s recommended video settings to ensure the best upload performance.
  • Contact YouTube Support: If you consistently experience slow upload times despite trying various solutions, it’s advisable to reach out to YouTube Support for assistance. They can provide specific guidance based on your situation.

I hope these suggestions help you address the slow upload times for your YouTube videos. Best of luck, and I hope you can share your content smoothly with your audience.