How to Search YouTube by Date

By Kevin Lee

Learn to use search filters effectively and you can save time while increasing productivity. If you search for a broad topic on YouTube, such as “politics,” you may wind up with hundreds or thousands of videos to review. But if you have a specific date range in mind, you can apply a date filter to your query and limit your results to a specific time period. You can do that from YouTube or from Google's regular search page.

Search from YouTube

Step 1

Visit YouTube and enter a search query in the search box. YouTube returns a list of results that match your query.

Step 2

Click the "Filters" drop-down box and review the list of filtering options in the Updated Date section. These items include "This Week," "Today" and "Last Hour."

Click the option you'd like to use to filter the results. YouTube narrows the list and displays videos within the time range you selected. It also adds a new button next to the drop-down menu. For instance, if you choose the "This Week" filter, you'll see a "This Week" button. When you want to cancel the filter, click that button and YouTube will display your original results list.

Search from Google

Step 1

Visit the Google search page and type "[My_Query] site:youtube.com" (without the brackets or quotation marks).

Replace "My_Query" with your own query. For instance, if you want to find videos about cameras, type "cameras site:youtube.com."

Step 2

Press "Enter" to view a list of results. The "site:youtube.com" parameter tells Google to only return results from YouTube.

Step 3

Click "Search Tools" and then click "Any Time" to view a list of date filtering options. These options include "Past 24 hours" and "Past Year."

Click an option to filter the results. Click one of the results to visit YouTube and view your video.

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