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

  • Go to your team page by selecting it from the user menu.

  • Click the Settings header menu item.

  • Select Integrations from the sidebar on the left.

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

  • Select the channels to connect to your team.

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

The Integration Settings page may appear different depending on your team type.

Note: A YouTube account can only be connected to one place on Amara. 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, 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.

    • Import YouTube automatic captions to Amara.

    • 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.

You can customize the actions above on your team’s Integration Settings page.

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.

Adding Videos

To add a video hosted on YouTube to your team:

  • Go to your team page > Videos tab.

  • Click the Add Videos button.

  • Enter the URL of the YouTube video.

  • Set video language.

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

You can also browse the public videos on Amara 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 subtitle is marked as Complete.

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

  1. Team Page > Settings tab > Integrations page:


Subtitle export history highlighted under an Amara team's settings integrations page.


  1. Team Page > Videos > select video > select subtitle language > Sync History tab:


Sync History section on a subtitle page.

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.

  • YouTube auto-generated subtitles are not imported to Amara.

  • Subtitles imported from YouTube will appear on the Subtitle Details page as imported with video 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.


For videos added through Amara Public Workspace (not in your team):

  • The video is added to the Amara public library.

  • Anyone on Amara will be able to see the video page with the video title, description, and any subtitles.

  • If the video is set to private on the original hosting site, other users will not be able to play it on Amara.


For videos added to teams:

  • 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 its videos in team settings.





Thank you for your contributions to support an inclusive and accessible media ecosystem!

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