YouTube Video & Channel Category List [in 2023]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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When you are uploading a YouTube video, you can choose a YouTube video category which can help YouTube to more easily find new audiences for a YouTube video.

In this YouTube video tutorial, we are going to cover everything you have to know about YouTube video categories.

List of YouTube video & Channel categories

Here is a list of YouTube video & channel categories currently available:

  • Autos & Vehicles
  • Comedy
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Film & Animation
  • Gaming
  • Howto & Style
  • Music
  • News & Politics
  • Nonprofits & Activism
  • People & Blogs
  • Pets & Animals
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Travel & Events
list of YouTube categories

How to add a category to a YouTube video?

You can add categories to videos when you upload a new YouTube video to your YouTube channel.

Here is how to add a category to your YouTube videos:

  1. Open YouTube Studio and sign in if necessary
  2. In the top right corner, click on ‘Create’
  3. Select ‘Upload videos’
  4. Upload your video
  5. Scroll down to the category section
  6. Select the category of your videoadd category to YouTube video
  7. If you have chosen ‘Education’ category, you have some more choices.

So this is how you can add a category to a YouTube video.

As you can see, if you choose ‘Education’ as YouTube video category, you have more choices to choose from:

  • YouTube video type:
    • Activity
    • Concept overview
    • How-to
    • Lecture
    • Problem walkthrough
    • Real life application
    • Science Experiment
    • Tips
    • Other
  • Academic system (country)
  • YouTube video education Level
    • None
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Upper Secondary Education
    • 11th Grade
    • 12th Grade
    • Higher Education
    • Research
    • Career or technical
    • Other
  • Exam, course or standard

These are optional fields, but it might be worth adding them if you have an educational YouTube channel.

How to add category to YouTube channel?

Although you can’t add a category to your YouTube channels, you can set an upload default video category to your YouTube channel.

This means that whenever you upload a new YouTube video, the default video category of the video will be always the same.

However, during the upload process, you can change the category to anything you want.

Here is how to add an upload default YouTube category:

  1. Open up YouTube Studio
  2. Click on Settings on the left sidebar
  3. Select ‘Upload defaults’ on the left
  4. Then click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ tab
  5. Scroll down a little bit
  6. Add a default YouTube video categoryset YouTube default video category
  7. Click on ‘Save’

Are YouTube video categories important?

Well, to be honest, video categories on YouTube are not so important. They might help YouTube in their recommendation algorithm but the impact is really low.

The YouTube algorithm is way more sophisticated when it comes to YouTube video recommendations.

However, as there is basically takes one click to set the YouTube video category, it is definitely a best practice to add a YouTube category to your videos.

Can you edit the video category of a video you have uploaded?

Yes, you can change a category of a YouTube video.

Here is how to edit the YouTube video category:

  1. Open and sign in to YouTube video
  2. Click on ‘Content’ on the left sidebar
  3. Search for the video you want to edit the YouTube category of
  4. Click on that video
  5. Scroll down to Category
  6. Modify to category to another YouTube category
  7. Click on ‘Save’.

For more details on this, check out our dedicated tutorial:

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