How to Embed YouTube Video in Google Slides

How to Embed YouTube Video in Google Slides


As a content creator, you know how vital engagement is to your success. You also know that videos are an excellent way to increase engagement with your audience. Embedding YouTube videos in your presentations is one fantastic way to add value to your Google Slides. In this article, we will show you how to embed YouTube videos in Google Slides.

Step 1: Find the YouTube video you want to embed in your presentation

When you have the video you want to include in your presentation, click on the share icon below the video. This will give you a few sharing options.

Click on the “Embed” option to see different customization options to choose from. You can choose the video’s size, enable the player controls, and even choose how the video will start playing.

Customizing Video size

By default, videos come with a default size that fits YouTube’s player. You may want to custom-size the video to fit perfectly in your presentation and match your design. To do this, click the “Embed” option and select the size that suits your presentation.

Enabling Player Controls

By default, YouTube embeds don’t come with player controls, such as the pause or playback button. If you would like your audience to have more control over the video playback, you can choose to enable player controls. This gives your audience the ability to pause or play the video as they wish.

Customizing the Start Time

You can also customize when the video starts playing in your presentation. If you want a 20-minute video to skip to the 12th minute to show a particular section during the presentation, you can adjust the start time accordingly.

Step 2: Embed the YouTube video in your Google Slides Presentation

Once you have customized the YouTube video to your liking, it’s now time to embed it in your presentation. Follow these steps:

  1. Copy the embed code provided by YouTube
  2. Open your Google Slides presentation and navigate to the slide you want to embed the video.
  3. Click on the “Insert” menu and select the “Video” option.
  4. Choose the “Google Drive” option on the sidebar menu.
  5. Upload the YouTube video you just customized.
  6. Click on the “Select” button and click “Insert” to embed the YouTube video in your presentation.

Watch out for Link Accessibility

Ensure that the video link is accessible to all viewers by sharing the video publicly on YouTube. If you have a private video, embed the video with Google Slides’ advanced settings and ensure viewers have the right permissions to view it.

Step 3: Preview and adjust the Video in Presentation Mode

The last step is to preview and adjust your video in presentation mode. To do this, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the slide that contains the embedded video.
  2. Press the “Present” button to enter presentation mode.
  3. Once in presentation mode, press the play button to preview the video.
  4. If the video size, start time, or player controls are not optimal, remove the video, and re-embed it using the desired settings.


By now, you know how to embed YouTube videos in Google Slides and customize them to your liking. Adding videos to your Google Slides presentations can significantly increase interaction with your audience, thereby increasing engagement.

You can take one step further and use YouTube video analytics to evaluate engagement with your videos and optimize them to improve viewer retention. Embedding videos in Google Slides is just one of the components to create a successful presentation, but executing it well can enhance your presentation style impressively. Happy embedding!

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