What Does “Highlighted Comment” Mean on YouTube

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Written by: Alex Popa


What Does “Highlighted Comment” Mean on YouTube

Are you wondering what the “Highlighted Comment” mention means on YouTube? You’ve seen it too many times. Either it’s a comment on YouTube or a reply.

Could the video creator have highlighted that comment because they liked it? Or did the user highlight their comment themselves?

In short, a highlighted comment on YouTube is automatic. And it only appears for someone looking for a specific comment.

If you comment on a video on YouTube, your comment will appear as a “highlighted comment,” but only for you. No one else will see it highlighted.

Similarly, if someone replies to your comment and you search for that reply from the YouTube notification bar, the reply will be highlighted.

Keep reading to find out more about highlighted comments on YouTube!

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What Does “Highlighted Comment” Mean on YouTube

What Is a Highlighted Comment on YouTube?

Highlighted comment on YouTube
Highlighted comment on YouTube

As you can see, the “Highlighted comment” marker appears on my comment in the photo above. But I didn’t highlight it, and neither did the video creator.

It appears highlighted because I searched for that comment using the notifications bar on YouTube.

Click on the Notifications Bell and select your comment
Click on the Notifications Bell and select your comment

If you search for one of your comments using the Notifications Bell on YouTube, your comment will be highlighted.

YouTube does this automatically, so you can find your comment easier. No one else will see your comment as highlighted.

This happens for everyone on YouTube, yet you do not see other comments highlighted.

Another situation when a comment is highlighted is when you use the Notifications Bell to find someone’s reply to your comment.

YouTube will highlight their reply to help you find it easier. It’s for the same reason. But only you can see it highlighted.

The same thing will happen if you post a video on YouTube and someone comments on it. That comment will be highlighted if you click on the comment in the Notifications Bar on YouTube.

This will happen for every comment on your videos. It’s easier to find and reply to them if they’re highlighted!

YouTube also creates a “different” URL for highlighted comments. If you click on a comment reply in your Notifications Bar, you’ll get a specific URL that takes you to the video with that comment reply.

But if you search for just the video, you’ll notice that it has a different URL. So, YouTube creates a different URL for a reply comment on a video.

Are Highlighted Comments and Pinned Comments the Same?

No, they’re not. First off, no one can highlight a YouTube comment intentionally. Highlighted comments are different from Pinned comments.

YouTube does that by itself. It’s a quality-of-life comfort that helps you find what you’re looking for faster.

But a Pinned comment is different. Video creators can pin certain comments at the top of the comment section on their videos.

Pinned comment on YouTube
Pinned comment on YouTube

As you can see in the picture above, that comment was pinned by the video’s author. It says “Pinned by BoredGamer“, which is the video creator.

A video creator can pin their comments or someone else’s comment in the comment section of their videos.

They might want to pin someone else’s comment for the following reasons:

  • To show appreciation for someone that inspired them to make the video and commented on the video
  • To showcase a great user answer to a question that they asked in the video
  • To showcase an interesting finding by a user who commented on the video

You can also ask a video creator to pin your comment in the comment section. Whether they’ll do it or not depends on them, though!


To summarize, a highlighted comment is not public. It’s only there to help you find a comment easier on YouTube.

Every user has highlighted comments when looking for them through the YouTube Notification Bell icon.

The same goes for replies to your comments. They’ll be highlighted if you use the Notification Bell to go to them.

This is YouTube’s way of helping you waste less time looking for comments. It’s a quality-of-life feature that YouTube introduced some time ago.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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