YouTube update will let you 'fix' your embarrassing mistakes

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Have you ever hit send, upload or publish on a piece of media bearing an embarrassing mistake? Let’s be honest: we’ve all been there – and even YouTubers are guilty of the occasional inaccuracy.

Thankfully, YouTube has introduced a handy new feature, Corrections, to help creators more easily address their blunders. As of June 15, YouTubers can now add an infocard to already-uploaded videos that viewers can expand and read at a chosen timestamp. This pop-up note will appear in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and is designed to give creators the option of correcting mistakes even after hitting the upload button.

Prior to the introduction of the feature, uploaders had to either delete, edit and re-post mistake-ridden videos – losing precious engagement data in the process – or hope that their viewers noticed a pinned comment or correction note in a video’s description box. 

Head over to this Google Support blog post for a detailed rundown of how to add said corrections to uploaded videos (spoiler alert: it’s super simple). YouTube’s Creator Insider channel also posted a clip introducing the new feature, which you can check out below:

The Corrections feature comes as the first meaningful creator-focused YouTube update in some time. The video platform did introduce a beta in May giving YouTube streamers the option of gifting memberships to selected viewers, but more recent updates – like one that lets viewers skip ahead to the most-watched parts of videos – have rattled the cage with creatives responsible for producing the site’s content. 

YouTube Music, on the other hand, has enjoyed a raft of useful updates in 2022. Back in March, for instance, YouTube added a feature that lets listeners save their queues as playlists to the Android version of the popular music streaming app. Then, in May, the company quietly rolled out a feature giving users suggestions as to where they can cast their music, while it’s also currently trialing a widget that lets subscribers better customize their radio queues.

Axel Metz
Senior Staff Writer

Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.