How to Only Upload Over Wi-Fi in the YouTube iPhone App

The combination of the iPhone’s excellent camera and the very useful YouTube app on the device makes uploading videos from your iPhone to YouTube a relatively simple process.

But videos can have very large file sizes, and uploading them to YouTube from your phone over a cellular network can use a lot of data. If you are worried about your data usage and have noticed that YouTube is using a lot of it, then it may be due to uploading videos when you aren’t on Wi-Fi. Our tutorial below will show you how to change this setting so that uploads can only occur over Wi-Fi, thereby helping to minimize your data usage.


Only Allow YouTube Uploads Over Wi-Fi

The steps in this article were performed on the most current version of the YouTube app, on an iPhone 7 using iOS 12. By completing these steps you will change the YouTube app’s settings so that you can only upload videos to YouTube when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Open the YouTube app.

disable cellular uploads for youtube on iphone



Step 2: Select your profile picture at the top-right corner of the screen.

open youtube profile menu



Step 3: Choose the Settings option.

youtube iphone settings



Step 4: Scroll down and tap the button to the right over Upload over Wi-Fi only. I have enabled the setting in the picture below.

only upload over wifi in youtube iphone app



Now your phone should not allow you to upload videos to YouTube unless you are on Wi-Fi.


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