How Does YouTube Count Views? A Detailed Guide

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How Does YouTube Count Views?

  • When a YouTube user plays video content on their mobile or desktop device, and watches it for at least 30 seconds, this timeframe is counted as a view.
  • Watching your own video is also a view.
  • A person can see your video more than one time, which each is counted as a view.

 

You must have been wondering how does YouTube count video views. Everyone wants to know the answer to this. All YouTube creators love getting many views on their videos. That makes them tamper with their view counts at times.

They watch their videos many times and pay people to do the same for them. The YouTube algorithm is complicated and it’s important that you find out how your video views are being counted.

How does YouTube count views? Read on to find out!

How Does YouTube Count Views?

YouTube always wants to ensure that views come from real individuals. That is the reason a video view will only be counted when a person purposely watches a video and when he watches it on YouTube for 30 seconds minimum. If a user skips through a video but still spends 30 seconds or more watching the video, his view will be counted. However, if a user watches the video for less than 30 seconds, the view won’t be counted.

Repeated views will be counted till a particular point. For instance, if somebody watches the video many times in one day. However, they’ll stop counting at a particular number which YouTube didn’t specify. It is believed that once a person views a video for 4 or 5 times a day, YouTube will stop to add new views from that person to the video view count. Therefore, you shouldn’t think of telling your friends and partners to keep on watching your video again and again in a day.

Now, you might be thinking about videos that are less than 30 seconds and how they gather views. Experts are not sure about the number of times someone must watch a short video before his view will count. However, note that the watch limit of 30 seconds is crucial mainly because it’s a factor that aids YouTube in deciding whether a video should be monetized or not. YouTube doesn’t monetize videos that are not up to 30 seconds.

Will Your Own Views Be Counted?

You might be wondering if YouTube will count your own views. You might feel that it would be easier to boost your video views if you watch your video yourself repeatedly so your views will count. YouTube will count your own views. Yet, there’s a limit on the number of views that will be counted if you’re watching your own video.

You can only get 3 views when you watch your video. Therefore, if you watched your own video 4 times, just 3 views will be counted. The reason for this limit is obvious. If YouTube registers a view every time you watch your own video, you may continue to watch your video again and again to boost your views. Therefore, do not watch your video too much.

After watching it 3 times, your view count will stop growing. 3 views won’t make much difference in regard to how your video will perform, so do not attempt to inflate your video views by watching non-stop.

Will YouTube Count Repeat Views?

Will repeat views be counted since a lot of users like watching a video many times? YouTube counts repeat views to some extent. Not more than 4 or 5 repeat views will be counted under 24 hours. In case a person watches a video 10 times under 24 hours, just 4 or 5 of his views will register. So, bear in mind that repeat views do count. If just one view is counted per viewer, it will definitely hurt creators.

It is not likely that one person will watch a video more than 4 or 5 times under 24 hours. Therefore, counting and registering only 4 to 5 views is reasonable because it aids in stopping people from increasing their views artificially. If all repeat views are registered, creators may pay people to watch their videos multiple times in a day.

Will Refreshing YouTube Increase View Count?

Some people wonder if refreshing YouTube will add to a video view count. If that is the case, it will be beneficial to creators because an additional view will count anytime YouTube is refreshed and a video is watched again. YouTube usually adds views if it’s refreshed. However, a video has to be watched for at least 30 seconds. Still, only 5 times will be counted for a unique person under 24 hours.

So, bear in mind that refreshing a video’s watch page again and again won’t make more than 4 or 5 views to be counted for a person within 24 hours. So, you can’t refresh your video’s page and get higher than 3 views. YouTube has done everything to make sure that views can’t be artificially increased. That is the reason why they limited the number of views that will count after a page is refreshed.

Can Bots Inflate Video View Count?

If an individual watches many videos in a row, a highly logical sequence is on the table. However, bots mostly jump from video to video and stop viewing videos immediately after 30 seconds. Therefore, when a group of videos that are not made by a particular creator or recommended by YouTube are watched this way, the views won’t count.

Also, when a person writes a spam comment that leads other people to a website off YouTube or writes repeated, same comments in the comment section of a video, YouTube won’t count the video views.

Why Do Video Views Seem Stuck?

You might have noticed that when you look at your video views after you recently uploaded it, the view count may appear stuck at 301 views for some time. Do not worry whenever this occurs. YouTube usually puts a hold on any video that receives more than 301+ views since their system needs some time for the processing of legit view data.

YouTube does this on any video above 301 views because that’s the threshold to start monetizing a video and showing it on YouTube’s homepage and trending section. When you upload your video within the last few hours, the YouTube system may still be filtering views to find out the legitimate ones and the fake ones. When they finish this process, your video view count will update faster and present your views to you more accurately.

Why Is YouTube Strict with Views?

If a video passes a 301 view count, YouTube can monetize it. In order to prevent channels from spamming, using bots, auto-playing embedded videos, and falsifying views to boost their earning, YouTube ensures strictness. When a channel does not abide by the standards of YouTube and manipulates views, the platform removes its videos.

Also, YouTube can suspend a user’s account. Worse, the platform may halter his channel’s monetization. YouTube remains strict because its algorithm promotes videos that have lots of views on the homepage and suggested videos section. If users manipulate video views, the home feed will jam-pack with videos that are inappropriate for the targeted audience. This can severely affect the whole YouTube system.

FAQs

How Often Is View Count Updated by YouTube?

Although YouTube does not publish the information, experts say that it updates the view count every 24 – 48 hours. Views aren’t updated instantly.

Will Embedded YouTube Videos Count?

Yes, an embedded YouTube video views will count if that video is embedded into a page’s content and an individual intentionally selects the video and plays it. However, an autoplay embed video might not register. Then, a background video (when you place a YouTube video in your website’s background) won’t count.

Written by
Beatriz Sirena

Beatriz Sirena, a true trailblazer in the world of social media and digital storytelling, seamlessly integrates her academic background with a wealth of creative expertise on Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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