YouTube Analytics Training

YouTube Analytics basics

You can monitor the performance of your channel and videos with up-to-date metrics and reports in YouTube Analytics. There's a ton of data available in different reports, like the Watch time, Traffic sources, and Demographics reports.

Learn the basics on using your YouTube analytics account to gain insights on your channel

Get to YouTube Analytics

You can go directly to or follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account and click your account icon > Creator Studio.
  2. On the left, select Analytics.
  3. Choose the report you want to view.

Tip: You can also do this with the Creator Studio app on your mobile device. Get started in the YouTube Creator Studio app Help Center.

Ways to view data in YouTube Analytics

Click below to learn some basic ways to view and understand the different types of data you'll find in YouTube Analytics reports.

View reports on desktop

Filter your data

At the top of many reports, use the filters to get the information you want:

  • Content
  • Device type
  • Geography or location
  • Date or time frame
  • All uploaded video content or just playlists
  • Subscriber status
  • Playback type (live or on demand), if available
  • Traffic by YouTube product, if available
  • Translation use

Line chart

Line charts show how your video data has changed over time. You can customize the following options:

  • Date granularity: Charts can be displayed with data points in daily, weekly, or monthly increments.
  • Compare metric: Select a second metric for comparison, which will be displayed on the graph.

Multi-line chart

Multi-line graphs allow you to compare the performance of up to 25 items (like videos, channels, geographies) and other information from different reports over a specific time period to see at a glance.

By default, the top five line items are selected and displayed in differently colored lines, but you can customize your selection to view all the content you’re interested in.

You can compare your selected items to the total value by selecting Show totals in the top right.

Note: In this view, it's not possible to add another metric.

Stacked area

The stacked area view shows how data you select relates to the total. This lets you easily compare performance and determine trends.

By default, the top five line items are selected and displayed in different colors, but you can customize your selection for up to 25 items to view all the content you’re interested in.

Pie chart

Pie charts let you visualize up to 25 items in their relative size or impact. You can hover over each sector to see which item it corresponds to.

Note: With this chart, you can't see the date dimension or compare the selected data to the total. You can do this with multi-line or stacked area graphs.

Bar chart

You can use a bar chart to display the data you choose in horizontal bars that represent their values by length. If you select the date as a dimension, the bar chart will show as a line graph.

Note: It’s not possible to see the date dimension or to compare the selected data to the totals.

Bubble chart

You can use a bubble chart to display the data you choose in bubbles that represent their value.

Interactive map

Use the interactive maps to see where your video is being watched. Darker areas on the map mean that people are watching your video longer in that location. You can also hover your mouse over countries on the map to see detailed data for that country.

Download reports

You can download your reports on desktop. Click Export report at the top of the page. The report will include all information that's available for that report.