How to embed a YouTube video into an email, by sharing a link to attach a video preview

If you want to embed a YouTube video in email, you can simply copy and paste the link — a video preview should appear for the recipient.

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If you want to embed a YouTube video in email, you can simply copy and paste the link — a video preview should appear for the recipient.
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  • While you cannot exactly embed a YouTube video into an email, you can share a link that will take the recipient right to the video – or even play it within the email as a YouTube preview.
  • To “embed” a YouTube video in email, you’ll just have to copy and paste the link using the Share button on your computer or mobile device.
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You can embed a YouTube video into just about any social media format, from a Tweet to a Facebook post.

Interestingly, though, you can’t embed a YouTube video into an email as easily as you can with those other platforms.

Instead of embedding a video into an email itself, when you send a YouTube video via email, you are simply sharing the link.

Here’s how to share a YouTube video through email on your computer or mobile device.

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How to embed a YouTube video in email on desktop

To get a link from a YouTube video on your computer, you can click the “SHARE” button and then hit “COPY,” or you can simply copy and paste from the browser bar at the top of the screen.

Right clicking on the video itself will also allow you to copy a video's URL.

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Right clicking on the video itself will also allow you to copy a video’s URL.
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Now, simply open an email and paste the link into the body. It will come through as a clickable link along with a thumbnail of the video displayed.

Even if the hyperlink you paste does not appear clickable to you, it will be a live link for the recipient.

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Even if the hyperlink you paste does not appear clickable to you, it will be a live link for the recipient.
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How to embed a YouTube video in email on mobile

To share a YouTube video via email from your iPhone or Android phone, click the “Share” button beneath the video pane and select “Email.”

If you wish to use a specific email account on your smartphone, tap

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If you wish to use a specific email account on your smartphone, tap “Copy link” after you hit “Share” and then paste the link into an email from said account.
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The app will paste the video’s description into an email subject line (which you can edit) and a link into the body of an email. Your phone will always use the primary email account on the device.

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