How Do You Stream Videos on YouTube?

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After the company’s founding in 2005, YouTube rose quickly through the ranks of online video websites to become an industry leader that streams more than a billion hours of video a day. That’s impressive growth for a site that started with a single video of a co-founder’s (Jawed Karim) day at the San Diego Zoo. Today, YouTube includes billions of videos, ranging from clips featuring makeup tips and DIY home repairs to music videos and celebrity interviews.

It’s the number one, go-to resource for legally streaming free content — copyrighted materials posted without legal permission are removed — and the platform is very easy to use. You can watch your favorite videos for hours or tackle the challenge of creating new content of your own. Here’s a quick look at what you need to know to start streaming videos on YouTube.