TUTORIAL: How To Use YouTube’s New End Card Editor

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use YouTube’s new End Card Editor! These big “interactive cards” let us add new interactive elements to the last 20 seconds of any video. They’re also big, clickable, and work seamlessly across both desktop and mobile devices. Viewers on any device can take you up on your call-to-actions at the end of your videos, which is great! Here’s how to use YouTube’s end card editor to setup your end cards on your videos.

YouTube is in the process of rolling out a new end card feature that makes your links, your videos, your posts, everything you feature in your end card very interactive for both desktop and mobile, thus effectively replacing annotations.

I am here in my video manager. We’re going to use a private or unlisted video I made just for patrons, or at patreon.com/videocreators. We talked about some stuff on an interview with Peter Hollens.

So you’re going to click the down arrow and go to “End Screen and Annotations” option. And the first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a grid. Now this is the safe spot, the safe area where you can place these new end screen cards. When it’s embedded and people go to click, the player slides off on the bottom. So this is a safe zone.

The Very Last 20 Seconds

You can turn the grid on or off if you want. I’ll keep it on for training purposes. So one first thing to notice is that you can only add to the very last 20 seconds of the video. You can’t add it at any point. These only work on the very last 20 seconds. You can see they’ve already automatically put me here at the end. And you can do it any time inside the space with a minimum of five seconds at the end. So I could make them super short at the very end if I only wanted a five second end card. But the maximum here is 20 seconds.

So let’s go ahead and add one. And then I’ll show you guys a few cool things. So one thing you must always have is you must always have at least a video or a playlist.

You cannot add just a link to your website or something. You must always have a video.

So I think there’s a couple options here– you can click on Create— that are kind of cool. One is you can show your most recent upload, and that’ll just automatically update to whatever your most recently uploaded video was. So that would be great for daily content or time-sensitive content, whether you’re news and you want to show the most recent news video that you’ve made.

Best for a viewer is what I’m going to choose for this one, for example. But this one will just allow YouTube select a video from your channel that best suits the viewer based presumably on their past viewing habits, and their viewing patterns and sessions, and what they’re subscribed to, what they searched for to find your video, things like that.

Or you can choose a specific video, or a specific playlist, or any other– this is showing what’s on my channel. But if it’s not on your channel, you just paste the URL of the YouTube video or the playlists right here.

So it’s going to create the element. You do have the ability to resize it a little bit, but not a whole lot. So there’s not a lot of room. I’ll just leave it right here. And then you can position it wherever you want. Let’s cover my face and leave Peter’s here. And so that has nothing on it right now. That’s just a placeholder, basically, for that video.

Let’s maybe add a “subscribe“.button. Now if you overlap a little bit, it turns red.

It says, “hey, you’re overlapping. It’s not going to work. So I’ll move it.

And you guys would obviously design the end of your videos to make it optimized so it’d look like these pieces naturally fit. I’m just putting over top of this test video. But obviously, you’ll want to move over to the side while you’re talking, or something like that.

And let’s just add channels, pretty straightforward, without a link. I’m going to do one to my free e-book. “The Secret to Building your YouTube Audience.” You could also use this to different merchandise sites, crowdfunding sites, any associated site to your channel. I’m over the limit. I always got to remove this.

This is pretty cool. You can select the call to action. In my case, it’s an e-book, so I want you to download. We could also use Sign Up, Shop, Learn More, Visit, Order, or Buy. I’m going to put Download right in there. And then my image, you flip through some of the images that are automatically the text on that page.

I’m going to click Change Image and upload a better one here.

Click Create Element, and that’s going to create this little square of my e-book. For kicks, I’ll just leave it in the upper left corner.

So down here is where you can start to slide something. Let’s say I want to show my e-book first, so I’m going to put that in. And then I want the Video Creator Subscribe button to pop in. And then I want this Best For Viewer thing to pop in. So I can just slide these to the best position that I want them to be in, just like that. And I have this one obviously set for– they’re each set for different lengths.

Now you guys click this little Preview button, and it’s going to start playing a little bit before and show you exactly what it looks like. And then boom, the subscribe thing pops in. And then after a few seconds, boom, here’s the next best video that YouTube recommends for the viewer who’s watching this video to watch. So I put this on pause.

Leave Room on Your Playlist

One thing you’ve got to remember is that it’s not just this square. Some of these, when you hover over them, “The Secret to Building your YouTube Audience,” that pops up. There’s the download option I selected. So you’ve got to leave room on your screen, at least half your screen, for these things.

So one more cool thing– let me switch out of Preview Mode. You can click anywhere or just toggle that off. Now what you can do, let’s say you have the same template that you want to use in a lot of videos, or maybe you just want to repeat the same one you used in a previous video, click on Import, and it shows you all the videos here that are using one of their end screens.

So you can just click any of these videos that has the one that you want to use, and boom, it just automatically loads it all right in here for you, making it super easy and super simple for you to have your template and apply it to new videos.

I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments below, how you plan to use this feature on your channel. And then you can also use some of them right here, and find videos that might be relevant to you. Subscribe to the channel because this place is all about helping you guys grow your YouTube audience so that you can spread messages, reach people, and hopefully change and impact their lives.


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  1. Shawn September 6, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    When Is this feature going to be available to the public?

  2. DustinRush October 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    How do you turn it off, the viewer should really be allow to control his/her own viewing experience as the annotations were

  3. Kristin November 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I just got this new feature and it works great when I’m watching videos on YouTube, but I’m noticing it doesn’t work if you’re watching the video outside of YouTube. I watch the video from a link on Facebook and then also on my blog, The end screen links do not show up. I know it’s still in beta so do we know if this will be fixed?

  4. Jenna November 2, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for your article! Here’s a question for you: how do you DELETE the end screen? I accidentally clicked on the feature and cannot find a way to remove it. It is somehow overlaying my entire video.

    • Tim Schmoyer November 2, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

      If you double-click on the end screen element in the list to the right, there’s a little trash can icon on each one that appears. Or, I think the trash can may even appear if you hover your mouse over top of the element in the list, too.

  5. Andy December 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Hey Tim,

    I always look you up when there are changes made to YouTube. I’ve been working in the YouTube world for years now and always find your posts helpful, including this one! Thanks for always being on top of everything.


  6. Samuel Trépanier January 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Hi there!

    Thanks for your video :)
    I found what we can probably call a bug in the youtube end screen…

    They claim it works on mobile, but it only works on mobile while you’re watching the video directly from YouTube. So that means that when you embed your video somewhere and people play it (just like here for you) we don’t see the end screen content.

    It’s pretty frustrating I have to say, and we all look pretty stupid inviting people to click on something they can’t see. Check the nice end screen I made up here http://samueltrepanier.com/project/national-superbike-championship-rd-6-7-mosport/
    It’s pretty sad to realize that, hopefully they will fix this soon.


  7. Kokoro January 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I have a problem, my youtube endcard feature, doesn’t allow me to resize nor move the features on the screen.it doesn’t even show the grid, even when it’s ticked or not ticked. I can only choose one of the templates. i can’t change the Subscribe button, it just says delete.

    What do i do ?

  8. Rebecca January 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    When I try to put a video it doesn’t let me add it because it says Endscreen cannot start after first element. I have no clue why it says this! Please help!!

  9. Mike Lawrence January 28, 2017 at 12:07 am - Reply

    They’re really easy to use, but they are totally inflexible. For example, it forces the default channel graphic, which is NOT a good substitute for the simple call for action “subscribe.” I think annotations on top of a custom graphic look better, but this is the only way you can get on mobile. It’s a tradeoff. But it’s too limited in my opinion.

  10. Steve February 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    When using LINK option, there is no image. I click create image but cannot upload an image. I am trying to upload photo. What type of image is correct?

    • Tim Schmoyer February 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      I use jpg and png images just fine. Make sure the file size is small, though. Less than 2 MB for sure.

  11. Steve February 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    ok. Will give it a go.

  12. Steve February 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Must have mental block – not getting it. Small jpeg 70kb.

  13. Steve February 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    When I click a photo to use, it does not highlight so cannot upload

    • Tim Schmoyer February 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Hmm… must be a browser issue then. Try a different browser or clear the cache on your current one and try that. I dunno, man. Sorry.

    • Jason April 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      I have had the same problem and have found no solution as of yet!

  14. Karolina Lendel February 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    How come on on some of my videos it doesn’t let me do the end screen. .?

  15. Markus February 13, 2017 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Hi, I just tried out the endeared on an existing video. Due to the nature of video edit it wasn’t´t working for me so I wanted to go back to the annotations that I used before the tryout. YouTube doesn’t´t let me though – any info on that from you available?

    Thanks and cheers.

  16. Diyako Moradi March 10, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Hi, I’d really appreciate a reply!

    So do you know if there’s any way I can measure the varying sizes the little box can be? I made an outro clip where I laid out a box and a circle blinking, that way, when I use the new end-screen videos I put both cards on top of the box and circle so it grabs the viewers attention even more. My issue right now is I didn’t size the box and circle very well, making me spend several minutes trying to adjust the placement of the cards so it fits in the outlines without it looking too far to the left, right, top, and bottom.


    • Tim Schmoyer March 10, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Once you get it right, simply use the “import” button on the YouTube end screen editor there to copy the end screen elements from a previous video. They’ll come into the new video at the exact same size and positions.

  17. pashkas March 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the video. Do Endcreens work on Mobile?

    With the “visit my website” button, is there any chance to make it bigger?

  18. Eskindir Jibrael May 8, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Please Channel video my monetization

  19. Carlos July 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I see on some videos the new video from clicking endscreen plays in the same youtube player, but for mine it always opens up in a new tab. I don’t see any settings to adjust this. Do you know how to make them play new video in same player? Thanks!

  20. Rick Uzubell March 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I’m attempting to place the final scene of my video so it will ultimately land in the upper, right-hand corner of the grid. The goal is to make it the size of one of the end screens and aligned on the upper and right-hand edges of the grid. What do I need to do to pull this off in my video editing software? Is there a template (of the grid) available? I’m working in 1920 x 1080. Thanks for your help!

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