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How to Search YouTube Like a Pro with YouTube Advanced Operators?

We all know that YouTube is the trending and giant social media channel in the present. After Google, it is the second largest search engine in the world. Also, it is the only platform where we can find billions of real-time audience watching video content. In the same way, billion hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube. It is somewhat tough for the individual to find the required video through YouTube search results where it shows in bulk. Some users might use YouTube filters to search. However, we can use YouTube advanced operators to search YouTube like a pro.

How is it applicable to use YouTube like a Pro?

Is it gives efficient results for what we are looking for?

YouTube advanced search feature is most helpful for the audience to search for a specific set of videos or video, which saves time. Most of the creators or users may don’t know about this feature. But you can find everything about it here.

Search content using video ID

You can get the 140 videos at a time by using video IDs on YouTube while searching.

  • Sign in to your YouTube channel account.
  • Click on ‘YouTube Studio(beta).’
  • Now select ‘creator studio classic.’
  • You will be directed to prompt page then skip it.
  • Select ‘video manager’ from the left.
  • Then choose videos.
  • Go to advanced search options by selecting the drop-down arrow in the search box.
  • Enter the video ID in the search box of video IDs separated by commas or spaces.
  • Then click search.

Using YouTube advanced search operators

You can get the required YouTube videos using YouTube advanced search operators.

  • Sign in to your YouTube channel account.
  • Click on ‘YouTube Studio(beta).’
  • Now select ‘creator studio classic.’
  • You will be directed to prompt page then skip it.
  • Select ‘video manager’ from the left.
  • Then choose videos.
  • In the search box place, the search operator that we are going to discuss. Some times we need to enter in the form of search terms such as the word from video title and description.
  • Then enter the search icon.

Public, Private, Unlisted, and Draft search operators:

You can search YouTube videos that are uploaded as public, private, unlisted, and draft videos which are not yet published. Take an example of ‘is: private title,’ i.e., social videos which are private. Also, the ‘social’ appears in the title.

Tag: [tag name]:

You almost add tags to the YouTube videos while uploading. Hence, you can search for the videos with those tags. For example, ‘tag: sports’ it displays videos list having the tag ‘sports.’

“tag name”:

Use ## tags before the tag name placed in between the quotes. For example, ‘music’ is the word that you are looking for. Hence you can search it as ## “music” then it shows the list of videos with the tag name music.

Length<time, Length>time, Length<=time, Length>=time, Length=time:

Use these operators to find the videos according to their time. That is if you want the videos playing length below or above or equal to 1 minute. Then you can find them with the above search operators. It shows a list of videos shorter than 1 minute.

Before: [date] & After: [date]:

According to the date, you uploaded the videos you can search for them. If you need the videos before July 27th, 2015 then you should use before: 27-07-2015 after that it displays the list of videos before that date.

Title: [word in the title]:

Enter the specific relevant words in the title to get the required video. That is if you enter ‘title: travel’ then it shows the titles of the video having the word ‘travel’ in it.

Description: [word in the description]:

Enter the specific word in the description of the video where it provides the relevant description word list. For example, enter description: cinema.

Hyphen [-]:

You can make use of a hyphen (-) before any word that you want to be excluded from your search items. With the combination in other search terms, you can use it. i.e., title: live-private then shows the videos that are having the word ‘live’ in the title, and they are not in private.


If you need the videos that are matching with one term or another term you can add OR search them. For example, title: live OR title: online displays the videos having words like ‘live or online’ in the title of the videos.

([search terms]):

Use parentheses to find a group of words in the search results. For example, title: (live streaming) display the videos having the words ‘live and streaming’ in their title.


If you want to search for the YouTube videos having paid subscription to view then use the term ‘paid.’ Remember this feature is not available in all the countries.


As we already discussed if you want any videos that match with the particular video IDs then enter id: and list them within the braces. i.e., id: {video ID X, video ID Y, video ID Z} then it shows the videos of X, Y, and Z.

YouTube Advanced Search Tips

  • Setting up advanced search filters
  • Words that increase CTR in YouTube’s search engine
  • Narrow The Audience
  • Search for a specific topic
  • Add a search term to your keywords
  • Include “how-to” in the search
  • Use “intitle:” to find videos on your topic
  • Use multiple text searches
  • Use quotes for a phrase search


The YouTube advanced search operators are the most advanced features to filter the search results. It helps to save time and let the creators focus more on creating video content for their fans. It’s not just about searching the videos it’s about doing the refined search where it eliminates time consumption.

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