By default, YouTube only allows users to upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long and up to 20GB in size. In order to upload videos longer than 15 minutes on YouTube a user must verify their account by phone. Once the YouTube account is verified, a user will be able to upload videos up to 11 hours long with a maximum size of 128GB.
In most cases, if a YouTube user uploads a video that exceeds 15 minutes they will get an error that reads “Rejected (length of video too long)” error. This error can also be found in the user’s YouTube video manager as well. However, the YouTube user will also be given an option to verify their account after the video has finished processing. Once the account has been verified by phone the user will need to go back to their video manager in order to select Activate this video; otherwise the video will not be uploaded.
Upload YouTube videos longer than 15 minutes
Your YouTube account must be in good standing to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. If you have pending copyright complaints or strikes you may not be able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes until these actions are taken care of. To check if you have outstanding copyright complaints or strikes on your YouTube account visit https://www.youtube.com/my_videos_copyright.
1. Grab your phone and visit the YouTube upload page found at this web address www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload.
2. Click the Increase your limit link at the bottom of the page, or visit https://www.youtube.com/verify to verify your YouTube account.
3. Follow the instructions to verify your account with your phone. You can choose to receive a verification code via text message on a mobile phone, or you can chose to receive an automated voice call to retrieve the code. Once your account is verified you will be able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes on YouTube.
To check if your account has been verified you may chose to visit https://www.youtube.com/verify. You will notice a message that says “Your YouTube account has already been verified.”