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Basic guide to using YouTube

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This tutorial will guide you on how to get started with using Youtube. If you are new to Youtube, this tutorial offers an in-depth guide for beginners to learn the basics of Youtube.

It addresses the following areas:
  • Functions available at the Youtube homepage
  • Easy guide on how to search for videos
  • How to register a Youtube account
  • What you should expect when you first sign in to Youtube
  • How to upload a video
  • How to subscribe to a channel
  • How to create a playlist

The purpose of this tutorial is to help senior citizens specifically on how to use Youtube. Hence, the tutorial is structured with many visual images to aid in easy understanding of the steps.

Youtube Homepage

  • Begin by typing in www.youtube.com to your web browser search bar.
  • The Youtube homepage is displayed. On the left panel you can find suggested channels for you. Latest videos that received high number of views are displayed at the center of the page.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 1

Searching Videos on Youtube


  • To search for videos that you may like, enter the keywords (eg: chicken recipes, Elvis Presley etc) at the search bar situated at the top of the page. Then, hit âEnterâ key or click on the âmagnifying glassâ button to start the search.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 2
  • Searching for âElvis Presleyâ would generate the following results.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 3
  • For a more specific search, you may even key in the title of the song by Elvis that you want to watch. For example, âElvis Presley Jailhouse rockâ. Clicking on the second search result: Elvis Presley â Jailhouse Rock (Music Video), would take you to the video.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 4
  • Here the video is displayed. Below are some tips describing the different functions and features available.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 5

Register an Account


  • At this point you are already fully equipped to search and navigate Youtube videos. If you enjoy Youtube and want more out of it then register an account. Registered users can upload videos, create playlists, subscribe to other userâs videos etc.
  • Youtube uses Gmail accounts for their registration. Hence, if you do not have a Gmail account, then you will need to create one.
  • For tutorials on âHow to create a Gmail account, do visit ____________

First Time Signing in to Youtube

  • After registering a Gmail account, visit Youtube again and click on the âSign inâ button found at the top-right of the screen.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 6
  • Youtube will take you to Gmailâs login page. Sign in using your Gmail email and password.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 7
  • After signing in, the following box will be displayed. You will be required to pick 3 categories of videos that you may be interested in. This way Youtube can help recommend the right channels to you later on. After selection, click âNextâ.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 8
  • Select any of the suggested channels to subscribe to, and then click âSaveâ.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 9
  • Your earlier subscribed channels will appear in the left panel.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 10
Subscribing to a Channel

  • Subscribing to channels is a way to inform Youtube of the kind of videos you love. So the next time you log on to Youtube new videos posted by the channels will appear in your Youtube homepage for your convenience.
  • To subscribe to more channels, simple choose a video and click on the âSubscribeâ button as shown in the red box below.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 11
  • The following notification will appear. Click âOkâ.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 12
  • Your newly subscribed channel will appear in the list on the left panel, together with all other subscriptions.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 13

Uploading a Video

  • If you would like to share videos, click on the âUploadâ button found next to the search bar.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 14
And the following message box will appear. Click on âOkâ to proceed.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 15

  • Put your mouse cursor over âSelect Files to Uploadâ and click it to select the video from the folder which you have stored it.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 16
  • Once selected, this page will appear. You may enter a Title and description for your video, and wait for the video to be uploaded. Then you have a video on Youtube!
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 17
  • To view the uploaded videos, go to the Youtube homepage. Click on your name, and you will see a screen as below. Here the uploaded video titled âSentosa Coveâ can be found.
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 18

Adding Videos to Your Playlist


  • Youtube allows you to create many playlists for you to add and categorize videos that you love.
  • To create a Playlist, click on âAdd toâ, enter a playlist title and click on âCreate Playlistâ
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 19
  • Now this video is added to the âFavourite Musicâ playlist
Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 20



























This tutorial will guide you on how to get started with using Youtube. If you are new to Youtube, this tutorial offers an in-depth guide for beginners to learn the basics of Youtube.

It addresses the following areas:
  • Functions available at the Youtube homepage
  • Easy guide on how to search for videos
  • How to register a Youtube account
  • What you should expect when you first sign in to Youtube
  • How to upload a video
  • How to subscribe to a channel
  • How to create a playlist

The purpose of this tutorial is to help senior citizens specifically on how to use Youtube. Hence, the tutorial is structured with many visual images to aid in easy understanding of the steps.


Youtube Homepage

  • Begin by typing in www.youtube.com to your web browser search bar.
  • The Youtube homepage is displayed. On the left panel you can find suggested channels for you. Latest videos that received high number of views are displayed at the center of the page.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 1


Searching Videos on Youtube


  • To search for videos that you may like, enter the keywords (eg: chicken recipes, Elvis Presley etc) at the search bar situated at the top of the page. Then, hit âEnterâ key or click on the âmagnifying glassâ button to start the search.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 2

  • Searching for âElvis Presleyâ would generate the following results.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 3

  • For a more specific search, you may even key in the title of the song by Elvis that you want to watch. For example, âElvis Presley Jailhouse rockâ. Clicking on the second search result: Elvis Presley â Jailhouse Rock (Music Video), would take you to the video.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 4

  • Here the video is displayed. Below are some tips describing the different functions and features available.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 5


Register an Account


  • At this point you are already fully equipped to search and navigate Youtube videos. If you enjoy Youtube and want more out of it then register an account. Registered users can upload videos, create playlists, subscribe to other userâs videos etc.
  • Youtube uses Gmail accounts for their registration. Hence, if you do not have a Gmail account, then you will need to create one.
  • For tutorials on âHow to create a Gmail account, do visit ____________

First Time Signing in to Youtube

  • After registering a Gmail account, visit Youtube again and click on the âSign inâ button found at the top-right of the screen.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 6

  • Youtube will take you to Gmailâs login page. Sign in using your Gmail email and password.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 7

  • After signing in, the following box will be displayed. You will be required to pick 3 categories of videos that you may be interested in. This way Youtube can help recommend the right channels to you later on. After selection, click âNextâ.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 8

  • Select any of the suggested channels to subscribe to, and then click âSaveâ.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 9

  • Your earlier subscribed channels will appear in the left panel.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 10

Subscribing to a Channel

  • Subscribing to channels is a way to inform Youtube of the kind of videos you love. So the next time you log on to Youtube new videos posted by the channels will appear in your Youtube homepage for your convenience.
  • To subscribe to more channels, simple choose a video and click on the âSubscribeâ button as shown in the red box below.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 11

  • The following notification will appear. Click âOkâ.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 12

  • Your newly subscribed channel will appear in the list on the left panel, together with all other subscriptions.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 13

Uploading a Video

  • If you would like to share videos, click on the âUploadâ button found next to the search bar.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 14

And the following message box will appear. Click on âOkâ to proceed.

Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 15

  • Put your mouse cursor over âSelect Files to Uploadâ and click it to select the video from the folder which you have stored it.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 16

  • Once selected, this page will appear. You may enter a Title and description for your video, and wait for the video to be uploaded. Then you have a video on Youtube!


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 17

  • To view the uploaded videos, go to the Youtube homepage. Click on your name, and you will see a screen as below. Here the uploaded video titled âSentosa Coveâ can be found.


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 18


Adding Videos to Your Playlist


  • Youtube allows you to create many playlists for you to add and categorize videos that you love.
  • To create a Playlist, click on âAdd toâ, enter a playlist title and click on âCreate Playlistâ


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 19

  • Now this video is added to the âFavourite Musicâ playlist


Basic guide to using YouTube - Image 20

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