Follow these steps to connect your YouTube channel with your Amara Team. 

  • Go to the Team Workspace. Under Teams you manage click the Go to team link.

  • Go to the Settings page.

  • Select Integrations from the sidebar on the left.

  • Click the Add Account button.

  • Click the Add YouTube account button under the YouTube tab.

  • Select the Video Import and Subtitle Import/Export options that you wish for your team:

A team's YouTube Channel Integration Settings page, with all options selected.

Note: the Integration Settings page may appear different depending on your team type.

  • Then select the YouTube channels to connect to your team.

Note: A YouTube account can only be connected to one place on Amara. For example, you can connect your YouTube account to your Amara user account OR one Amara team, but not to multiple users or teams.

After your YouTube channels are connected to the team, depending on the options you chose in the Integration Settings page, Amara will:

  • Import new videos automatically from YouTube to Amara.

    • Note: At any time you can manually add a video to the team from the Videos page, even with the YouTube channel Integration set to automatically import videos.

  • Import subtitles automatically when you add a video from your YouTube channel to Amara, including YouTube automatic captions.

    • Note: At any time, you can create/edit subtitles and/or manually upload subtitle files, even with the YouTube channel Integration set to automatically import existing subtitles and automatic captions.

  • Export subtitles when marked complete on Amara.
    • Note: Changes made to subtitles on YouTube won't be reflected on Amara and may be overwritten. Use Amara to edit subtitles.

Edit Integration Settings 

After your integration is set up in your Amara team, you can view or edit the settings for each of your integrations by hovering over it and clicking the pencil and paper icon on the Settings Integrations page.

Integrations page with pencil and paper icon highlighted with a red box.

If you are an Administrator of two or more teams, you can choose which teams to use for importing and exporting in Settings Integrations Sync subtitles for videos from these teams.

Other Ways to Add Videos to Your Team

Even with the YouTube channel Integration set to automatically import videos, at any time you can manually add videos to the team from the Videos page.

Public videos are easiest for Amara users to view and subtitle.

  • Go to your team Videos page.

  • Click the Add Videos button.

  • Enter the URL of the video.

  • Set video language.

You can also browse the public videos on the Amara Public Workspace and click the video card, and then click the Add this video to one of your teams link in the dialog box for the video.

Checking for Importing and Exporting Issues

  • Check your video’s privacy settings on YouTube. Allow embedding on videos you want to add to Amara.

  • Only completed subtitles will export to the connected host site. Click on the video, then the subtitle language, and check to see if the subtitles are marked as Complete.

You can review subtitle export history to YouTube on the Integrations page or on the Sync History tab for a set of subtitles.

  1. Team Settings page > Integrations page

  2. Scroll down the page to the Subtitle Export History section:

The Subtitle Export History section of the team Settings, Integrations page. Settings and Integrations highlighted with a red box.


  1. Or from the Videos page > select video > select subtitle language > Sync History tab:

Sync History tab highlighted from a subtitle page. Go to the Videos page, select a video, select a subtitle language, then select the Sync History tab.

Resync any subtitles that did not export to YouTube.

Submit a support ticket if you continue to have trouble syncing your subtitles.


Privacy and Special Considerations

  • Videos are hosted on YouTube, so any updates made to the video content on YouTube will be reflected on Amara.

  • YouTube privacy settings for a video determines what it looks like in the video player where the video is embedded.

  • Currently, we do not support re-importing subtitle tracks from YouTube to Amara after the video is added to Amara.

  • Subtitles imported from YouTube will appear on the Subtitle Details page as imported by Amara Bot.

  • Unlisted YouTube videos will not automatically import to the team, even if Integration or Feeds have been set for a YouTube channel. Only videos with privacy set to Public will automatically import to the team.

  • If the video visibility in a team is set to Private, only the team members (and members of chosen evaluation teams) are able to see the video, thumbnail, title, description, and subtitle text.

  • If the video visibility is not Private, anyone will be able to access the video and subtitle pages.

  • Owners and Administrators of an Amara team can change the visibility of their team and the team videos in the team Settings General page.

    • Note that for Amara Community and Amara Community Enterprise teams, public videos and public teams are a requirement.




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