How to change the raw file name of your video YouTube


So, how to change the raw file name of your video YouTube?

Uuuhhh, you can’t! Nope, sorry. Out of luck!

But hey, there’s an upside to all of this… you get to learn something today! Yay!

Getting back to the issue at hand here, while you cannot change the raw file name on YouTube itself, what you can do is download your video, change it and re-upload…

Or, just make sure you take care of this next time you upload and this is what we’ll be covering today!


Well, what you do BEFORE you even upload your video is crucial to your ranking success on YouTube.

Changing something like the file name before you upload to YouTube might seem insignificant, but don’t let that put you off from getting into the habit of doing it before each upload.

You’ll understand just how powerful it really is once you start uploading.

Remember that every bit of optimization helps when you try to rank on YouTube.

Also, when making videos, try aiming for 7 min – 15 min video length. Studies show these rank better because YouTube wants people to stay on their platform for longer.

Renaming Your Files

Rename your video file to match your main Keywords as well as your Video Title. This is super important and cannot be changed once the file has been uploaded.

Here’s an EXAMPLE

Keyword:how to stop thinking about someone who doesn’t love you

Video Title:How To Stop Thinking About Someone Who Doesn’t Love You | 10 Tips Getting Over a Crush

Video File Name:How To Stop Thinking About Someone Who Doesn’t Love You 10 Tips Getting Over a Crush

File Metadata

Open up the properties of that file and click on Details.

From there, you need to use every blank space in there and fill it with the same information as above.

The Why ///

The reason we do this is that YouTube has become really clever in how they “read” video files.

Fill in every blank space you can.

Save and upload.

By adding your keywords into your video file’s Metadata, you’re already telling YouTube what your video is about before you even create your Titles and Descriptions.

Remember to add ALL your Tags in the “Tags” field too. Not just your video title.


Make sure you add your MAIN keyword right at the beginning. That way YouTube knows exactly what you’re trying to get ranked for.

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