How to Start a YouTube Channel with your iPhone in 2019

What you’ll learn:

  1. What kind of iPhone do you need?
  2. Content is King
  3. Creating a Youtube account
  4. Recording videos with the Camera app
  5. Simple editing with iMovie
  6. Uploading a video with your phone from the YouTube app

Congratulations! You’ve decided to start a YouTube channel. Today marks the start of being able to upload your own content and share it with the world. It’s gonna be a good day.


Starting a YouTube channel can be a confusing process. You see the work your favorite creators create, but you’re not sure where to start.

The bad news is: those creators have a ton of experience and fancy, and sometimes thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

The good news is: it’s 2019! We as a people are more empowered than ever before to create the content we want.

We can upload to YouTube using just our phones. And better yet, you won’t need anything for this guide that’s not completely free!

What kind of iPhone do you need?

I have an iPhone 6. I got it refurbished on Amazon for ~$220. I’ve been using it to post videos on both TikTok and YouTube.

Your phone might be newer than mine. It may be older. That doesn’t matter too much. Thanks to a competitive smartphone landscape, phone cameras are better than ever on all phones. The Pixel 2 can capture photos of similar quality to a lens 9x its own size.

For most “starter” content you may be interested in uploading to YouTube all you need to be willing to do is to smile at your phone camera.

As time passes and you get more confident with your YouTube presence that is when you should worry about dropping $$ for more expensive tools. Don’t put the cart before the horse!

The content is the most important thing. Speaking of…

Content is King

Whether you plan on uploading comedy, educational videos, animations, compilations, vlogs, music covers, or anything else, at the end of the day only one thing ends up mattering. Content. Content. Content.

The words you say, the meaning you convey are all that matter.

Design plays a very important part, as well. So does marketing. But they both pale in the face of content.

Before you work on a video, have an audience in mind, and an end goal. Don’t overthink this.

Content is a complex topic and varies from person to person. But basically, post stuff that you’re interested in and knowledgeable about. The rest will fall into place.

“post stuff that you’re interested in and knowledgeable about”

Now let’s get to business!

Creating a YouTube Brand Account

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to create a YouTube brand account.

Click “Add account” to create a YouTube account.

Next, hit “Create Account” to actually create the account.

Next, choose a name for your channel:


After your channel is created, write down 2 ideas for videos. They don’t have to be impressive, and the easier the better!

Here’s some ideas I might come up with about things that **interest me**:

  1. Talking about pure DPS classes in WoW vs hybrids
  2. Recipes to cook in an Instant Pot

Let’s aim to have a one minute length edited video, which is roughly ~2-3 minutes of content, assuming you’ll slip up.

Recording on Your Phone

Next up, we’ll record our video on our phone. Open your Camera app. You’ll want to use the back camera because it renders at a higher quality. Oh, and turn it horizontal.

“…hold it horizontal man, Be professional” – Childish Gambino, Worldstar

Editing Your Masterpiece

I used Splice to edit my video, but there are a ton of free apps on the app store, pick one you like.

Let’s add some text to our video.

And let’s slooowwwwww it down.

Now we have to select our video attributes, like if we want it to be HD or not.

Now, let’s export it!


Hit the little camera on the top right of your screen

Next, give your video a title and description.

Add some music if you feel so inclined.

Stay on the screen while it’s uploading (I don’t think you have to, but it will help prevent errors from occurring).

Congrats! We now have our finished product.


As you can see, you don’t need the fanciest tech and gear out there to start creating things you want to see. I challenge you to take action! Create the video you want to create, and then iterate as you improve!

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