I am struggling to find a way to upload/publish video from the new Google Drive to (Google's) YouTube. I am trying to avoid downloading the file to my local disk and uploading it again—it's already on Google's servers!

There used to be a workaround where you send the video as an attachment to the "mobile upload" email address but the new Drive interface does not offer the option to send a video as attachment any more (at least I did not find it).

How can I do this?


2 Answers 2


Try this:

  • Go to https://photos.google.com/settings and set "Google Drive / Show Google Drive photos & videos in your Photos library" to "ON";
  • Go to https://www.youtube.com/upload and on the right hand side, you should see a option to import videos from Google Drive;
  • Click the "import" button, click on your video and choose select.
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    I can't see the "Photo & Video" tick the "Show Drive photos and videos in your photo library" option in the settings screen.
    – user29020
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 14:39
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    It seems that this button has been removed. Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 14:24
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    As of July 11, 2019, this is no longer possible.
    – danorton
    Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 18:57
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    As of April 1, 2020 this doesn't work. There's a workaround though - first upload the video from Drive to Photos. Then in YouTube uploader choose classic version. Here you can see import from Photos option on the right.
    – yathish
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 6:24
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    The use of youtube api is needed, use: gist.github.com/urigoren/fde89fcfa454627152f83e41c3927572
    – Uri Goren
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 23:30

I have tried this tool once before, works ok.


what do you think?

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    Checking the reviews of the app in the Chrome Web Store, several reviews claim the site just downloads the file and reuploads it from your machine, which is not what the question is about. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-uploader-for-drop/…
    – James
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 16:41
  • Actually, it even says it works locally even in the description on the store page. And I'm not too keen on the permissions it requests either; namely access to every file in your Drive, as well as the ability to manage your YouTube videos and playlists, and post comments. This doesn't guarantee something malicious is going on, but it is possible, and there's no reason for it. I'd recommend searching for something else.
    – James
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 16:56
  • I have now used it several times, it doesn't appear to do anything locally and besides the improper permissions, does as promised. No app store app required I think. Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 15:32
  • No longer works :( Commented Mar 1, 2022 at 13:28

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