Some YouTube videos have a filename, e.g.:

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and other don't:

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Both others don't. Why? What decides whether a YouTube video has a filename?

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    Let's keep youtube for questions about the YouTube web app. Use youtube-creator-studio for questions about YouTube Studio. P.S. There is already a request on Web Applications Meta to rename the tag. P.S.S. There is an overlap with Video Production. It might be worth looking at their main chatroom / per-site Meta. Nov 13, 2023 at 21:29
  • @Rubén thanks this is a good idea, I forgot that the YT studio tag existed. Thanks for the edit! Nov 13, 2023 at 23:19
  • @BlindSpots The filename can't be be seen by anyone else other than the uploader. In other words, it's some private metadata. Therefore, I can't share an example aside from sharing a screenshot showing no filename. Shall I share a screenshot showing no filename? Nov 14, 2023 at 0:08
  • @BlindSpots sure thing, added. Nov 14, 2023 at 0:14

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What decides whether a YouTube video has a filename?

That depends on how the video was uploaded to YouTube:

  • If one used the web app (i.e., https://www.youtube.com/) for the video upload, the YouTube video will have a filename, even if uploading multiple videos at once, and even if using Android when accessing the web app (i.e., upload via https://m.youtube.com/upload and not the Android YouTube application).
  • If one used the YouTube Android or iOS app for the video upload, the YouTube video will not have a filename.

Tested with Windows 10 + Chrome, iOS 15 + iPhone 12 mini, and Android 13 + S23 Ultra.

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    Good detail in answer 👍
    – Blindspots
    Nov 14, 2023 at 0:17
  • @BlindSpots thanks, that puzzled me for a while. Nov 14, 2023 at 0:23

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