Crowdsourcing translations with community contributions
Community contributions offer a scalable and free way to make your channel more accessible to a global audience.
Enable community contributions on your channel
Translated subtitles, titles, and descriptions can help your channel be discovered and viewed by audiences who speak a different language than you. Community contributions let you crowdsource captions and translated subtitles, titles, and descriptions from your YouTube community.
You can enable Community contributions for all your videos on your channel in YouTube Studio. (You can also choose to enable this feature on individual videos too.) Once you've turned it on, community members who speak another language and want to help out can provide translations. Find steps to enable and manage community contributions here.
Once subtitles or translations are submitted, the content goes through a review process. YouTube moderates these submissions for spam and inappropriate content, while getting input from you and your community.
Once enough contributions are added, the community will be asked to help review them. After review, you can publish contributions to show on your videos. When that submission gets enough reviews, it's automatically approved for the video. This saves you time and lets your community experts help in their language.
Be sure to carefully review, edit, flag, or reject content before publishing. You can also publish or delete content that's been approved.
Head’s up: It's important to review and check contributions yourself. While most community contributors are there to help, abuse can happen. Regular review can keep things like spam links and offensive language out of your translated content. You can go here to learn more about reviewing and flagging inappropriate content.
See it in action
Get started with Community contributionsLearn step-by-step how to enable and manage your Community contributions.
Publish high-quality translations
You can invite your community of viewers to add titles, descriptions, subtitles, and closed captions to your videos ("submitted content"). All community contributions are reviewed by other contributors in the community review process. YouTube moderates any community-flagged content for spam or inappropriate content.
While you can leverage your community to create and review contributions, you’ll need to approve contributions yourself to publish them. While most community contributors are there to help, abuse can happen. Review can keep things like spam links and offensive language out of your translated content.
Your safety is important to us, so we're constantly working to keep YouTube free of spam and give you control over what's shown on your channel. You can flag content that's inappropriate.
Rally your community
If you have a great relationship with your audience, consider asking them to contribute translations & subtitles for your videos. This can be a win-win, especially if your audience is already asking for video transcripts in other languages or if you see multilingual comments on your videos.
In return for contributing translations that get published, viewers who have a channel can opt in to be credited in the video description with a link to their channel.
Note: They won’t see a credit if their submission is not published or if it needs further edits. Learn more.
While it may feel awkward to ask your audience for help, many YouTube creators have found that their audiences are eager to help. Try incentivizing your audience with these tips:
- Create a new video explaining why you’re passionate about having a global channel and how community contributions work. Ask them nicely to try it out. Consider including YouTube’s Help Center article in the video description.
- Be available to them and let them know how to reach out to you if they have questions or need help.
- View who has contributed the most by looking in each video’s description.
- Add links to the videos you want contributions for in your video description. You can also get a link to the full list and promote it on social media.
- Find creative ways to thank them on your channel. Give a shout-out or make a thank you video.
- Let your audience know they can get credit for contributions in the video description.
- Be grateful for their time, language skills, and help!
Community contributions work best for channels with a dedicated community, but that’s not to say they won’t work for you--especially if you have a multilingual audience. The best way to get started is to experiment--turn them “on” for your channel and see what contributions your audience submits!
See it in action
Tom Scott is blown away by the contributions he has receivedTom Scott shares how grateful he is to viewers who have contributed and notes how he gives fans credit for their help. He also offers some advice to anyone interested in submitting community contributions.
A simple and sincere request for community contributionsPatrickJMT asks his audience, if they have a few moments to spare, to contribute translations.