Are YouTube comments disabled on your videos, and do you want to enable them? You’re in the right place! This guide will teach you how to enable comments on YouTube in a few easy steps.
Depending on your preference, this can be done on a computer or a mobile device, Android or iOS.
How to enable comments on YouTube on a computer:
- Go to YouTube Studio
- Select “Settings” in the bottom-left corner
- Go to “Upload defaults“
- Select “Advanced“
- Check the “Allow all comments” box
This option will ensure that all videos you post from now on YouTube will have comments enabled. However, it doesn’t change the comment settings on existing videos.
To enable comments on an existing video, you need to go to YouTube Studio – Content – select a video – Show More – Allow all comments.
How to enable comments on YouTube on mobile:
- Go to YouTube Studio
- Select “Content“
- Tap on “Videos“
- Select a video
- Tap on the pencil icon
- Select “More options“
- Select “Allow comments“
If you think you can’t manage to enable the comments on YouTube, keep reading below. I’ve included a step-by-step guide for both computer and mobile devices!
Enable YouTube Video Comments on Computer
If you’re on a computer, then this will be easy. I’ve split this guide into two parts – one where you enable comments on existing videos and one where you allow the comments on future uploads.
The settings are different, and they’re in other places. But you’ll still be using YouTube Studio for this. Let’s start, shall we?
For Existing Videos
To enable comments on an existing YouTube video, follow the steps below:
1. Click on your profile picture
The first step is opening YouTube on your browser. Then, once you’re on the main page, look in the top-right corner for your profile picture and click on it.
2. Select “YouTube Studio“
Once you click on your profile picture, a drop-down menu will appear. You’ll see the “YouTube Studio” option among the options hereon.
Click on it to continue.
3. Go to “Content” on the left menu bar
After you select “YouTube Studio,” you’ll be taken to another page on YouTube. This page lets you customize your account better.
To access your uploaded videos, look on the menu bar on the left-hand side and select “Content,” the first option on the list.
4. Select a video by clicking on it
Once you go to “Content,” the page will change to show new options. Under the “Channel Content” in the center of the page, you’ll see all your posted videos on YouTube.
Select one by clicking on it and continue with the guide.
5. Click on “Show More“
Now that you’ve accessed one of your videos scroll down on the main page until you reach the end. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see the blue “Show More” option.
Click on it to open up more settings, including the comment settings.
6. Select “Allow all comments“
Once you select “Show More,” other options will appear. Scroll down until you see the “Comments and ratings” menu.
Under it, you’ll have four options:
- Allow all comments
- Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review
- Hold all comments for review
- Disable comments
Select “Allow all comments” or “Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review,” and you’re done. You’ve enabled comments on that one video.
Repeat this process for all your other videos if comments are disabled on them too.
For Future Video Uploads
Now that you’ve learned how to enable comments on existing videos, you should ensure all new video uploads have comments enabled by default.
It’ll save you time by enabling comments for every new video you post.
To do this, follow the steps below:
1. Select “Settings” at the bottom of the YouTube Studio page
You’ll need the YouTube Studio for this, just like with the previous method. Once you’re there, look on the left menu bar and select “Settings” at the bottom.
2. Go to “Upload defaults“
Once you select “Settings,” a new window will appear with several settings. Look for the “Upload defaults” option and select it. It’s the second option in the menu.
3. Select “Advanced settings“
On the “Upload defaults” page, you’ll see two tabs at the top – “Basic info” and “Advanced settings.”
Select “Advanced settings” and proceed with the guide!
4. Go to the “Comments” section and choose an option
In the “Advanced settings,” scroll down until you reach the bottomYou’llll find the “Comments” section with the same option.
Select either “Allow all comments” or “Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review,” and you’re done. Now, all future video uploads will retain these comments settings.
Enable YouTube Video Comments on Mobile
Are you using a mobile device and want to enable video comments from there? It’s easy, but you’ll need to download the YouTube Studio app first.
You can’t enable comments on your videos from the classic YouTube app. Follow the steps below to do this:
1. Download YouTube Studio from the Play Store
As I said, the first step is downloading the YouTube Studio app from the Play Store. Install it, open it, and follow the steps below.
2. Tap on the three-dot icon next to your YouTube video
After you open YouTube Studio, you may have to log in if the app doesn’t log you in automatically. After logging in, you’ll see the page in the picture above.
It’s a summary of your account and the latest information about it. At the bottom, you’ll see the “Content” headline, with your most recent videos under it.
Find the video you want to enable comments for and tap on the three-dot icon next to it (on the right).
3. Select “Edit video“
After you tap on the three-dot icon next to your YouTube video, a pop-up menu will appear at the bottom of the page.
There are several options there, including “Share video“, “Edit video“, “Play video“, “Delete“, and “Cancel“. Select the second option – “Edit video” and continue with the guide.
4. Tap on “More options” at the bottom of the page
In the “Edit video” screen, look at the bottom of the page. There, you’ll see the “More options” tag, with a description saying “Tags, category, comments & more” under it.
Tap on it and continue with the next steps.
5. Tap on “Comments“
In the “More options” menu, you’ll see several options, including “Comments.” Tap on it to reveal other options related to comments.
6. Select a fitting option
You’ve just enabled comments for your YouTube videos on mobile!
To summarize: enabling comments on your YouTube videos is only a matter of minutes. The steps are easy to follow whether you allow comments on existing videos or all future video uploads.
Whether you’re on a mobile device or computer, you’ll be able to enable the comments relatively quickly without too much hassle.
If you have any questions, post a comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible. Stay tuned for other guides for YouTube!
Why enable comments on YouTube videos?
Comments make up almost half of someone’s experience on YouTube. Watching a video evokes certain feelings and thoughts, and you’d want to express those feelings.
Maybe you want to praise the content creator or suggest ideas, tell them something nice, or criticize them.
And you should be free to do that; you should have the means to do that. This is what YouTube comments are for.
They give YouTube viewers a voice and a channel to express that voice. If there were no way for people to comment, YouTube creators wouldn’t know how to manage their channels.
Enabling comments also helps the content creator, then. It gives them a direct view of what the viewers expect from them and whether they like their content or not.
It’s frustrating not to be able to comment on a video on YouTube. Not many people will watch if you disable comments on your video. Content creators often ask their audience what they’d like to see next, and they do exactly that.
Why do some YouTube videos have disabled comments?
You must have seen plenty of YouTube videos with disabled comments. And you must have wondered why that is.
Why did the content creator disable comments? After all, if comments increase engagement, isn’t it counter-intuitive to disable them?
Yes and no. Let me explain.
Most of the videos that have disabled their comments are announcement-type videos or videos made by creators who don’t want the viewers to be distracted.
The Comments Section on YouTube is quite distracting; you have to admit that. You may not appreciate the video as much if you’re constantly thinking about commenting.
Or if you’re wondering what someone else commented on the video.
Without the comment section, you can fully focus on the video. Plus, some creators disable the comments to avoid toxic, harmful, offensive, and irrelevant comments.
That’s why some people disable comments on their videos.