How to Share YouTube Video at Specific Time by URL on PC and Mobile

YouTube is one of the most important information sources of our daily life, but most of us have spent much time in the start, end and other meaningless parts of the video shared by people. Do we have to watch the video throughout to get the limited information that we really need? Absolutely not! In this tutorial, you will learn how to share a YouTube video at a specific start time or even end time on PC/mobile browser and app, and open links with the YouTube app. Share this page to your friends so that you’ll view YouTube videos shared by them in a more efficient way.

How to Share YouTube Video at Specific Time

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Part 1. Link to A Specific Part of YouTube Video on PC and Mobile Browser

Method 1. Use the Start at option.

Method 2. Copy video URL at the current time

Another easy method for PC browser is to right click on the video and choose “Copy video URL at current time”.

Please note that this only works at, not including embedded videos at third-party websites, and may not work on the Firefox browser. This method doesn’t work on a mobile browser either. Please keep reading to know the workaround for the mobile browser.

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Method 3. Add a query string to the share link

In Method 1, when we tick the Start at box, a string of punctuation marks, numbers and characters are added to the URL, like this:

“?t=2m9s” is added as the format to specify the start time: 02:09. “t” for time, “m” for minutes and “s” for seconds. Therefore, we can also copy the link and share it out manually, so other people can start the video from the exact moment.

The link above is automatically shortened for share. Actually, when we play a YouTube video with a browser, the link in the address bar is the full URL. Like this:

Add a query string to the share link

In order to link to a specific time of YouTube video, we can also add “&t=2m9s” to the full URL. The only difference from the shortened URL is replacing “?” with “&”.

Finally, copy the modified link and share it with people. Both of the above two formats work on mobile and PC browsers.

Though the above 3 methods have been proven working in most cases, it is possible that some people would have problem applying them in their videos. Feel free to tell us in the comment so that we would figure out solutions for your reference.

Tips: In addition to sharing YouTube videos by URL, you can also download YouTube videos for offline editing, then share them to your friends.

Part 2. Share YouTube Video at Specific Time from App

We have learned how to add a timestamp to YouTube video with a browser. However, the mobile app of YouTube neither has the “Start at” option when sharing, nor an address bar to capture link from. How can we share a YouTube video at a specific time from the YouTube app? It is a little troublesome but still possible.

Note: Please find how to open the shared URL link with the YouTube app instead of browser in Part 4.
When tap Share button, there are many options other than Copy link, such as Message, WhatsApp, Google +. Only some of the apps, like Message, allow us to edit URL before sharing the link. That’s why we choose the Copy link to demonstrate this method. You may also try other options.

Part 3. Custom Start Time and End Time for YouTube Videos

All we talked above are about a specific start time. We are going to include the end time in this part as well. To share the YouTube video at a specific start and end time, we still need to add codes to the share link. For example, if we want the video to start at 02:09 and end at 03:59, then the link should be:

Comparing with the original full link in Part 1, you should find that we replaced /watch?v= with /embed/, and added ?start=xxx&end=xxx to the end. The numbers are seconds converted from timestamp:
02:09 -> (2*60) + 9 = 129
03:59 -> (3*60) + 59 = 239
Share the link to your friends, and they will view the video within the time range.

Part 4. How to Open URL Link with YouTube App Instead of Browser

The link with timestamp also works on the YouTube app, but you have to open the URL with the app directly. Normally, smartphones open a link with browser by default, and now we need to make some changes to the setting. Following settings fit for Android mobile phone.

This should work when you tap to open a YouTube URL in apps with Android System WebView. For example, in Facebook Messenger, after sending YouTube link, it generates a preview of the link, which will bring you to YouTube app.

Bottom Line

In this article, we have learnt several methods to link to a specific part of YouTube videos, which could be very useful and efficient in daily life, work or classroom. If you find this tutorial helpful, please share it on Facebook or other social platforms. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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