How to Search Youtube with YouTube Advanced Search filters

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YouTube provides a powerful advanced search feature to help you find the video you’re looking for. Find out how to find videos on YouTube with YouTube’s advanced search filters.

YouTube Search Filters

Before we move on to more advanced search options, let’s explore the search filters YouTube provides. For most searches, these are good enough.

Using the search bar, you can find anything you want. Then you will see the FILTER button. The page will expand into several search categories once you click the button.

Let’s take a closer look at these filters…

How to Search Youtube with YouTube Advanced Search filters

Upload Date

YouTube orders its content based on relevance by default. In some cases, this means that old videos may appear in search results.

Thus, the first option might be the best one to choose. With this filter, it will be easier to find the latest YouTube content. Among the available date options are Yesterday, Today, This Week, This Month, and This Year.

If you’re looking for breaking news, timely videos, and other content related to a recent date, this is a great search filter.


Next, you can search for content other than videos. Videos, Channels, Playlists, Films (Movies in the US), or Programmes (Shows in the US) are all options for the filter. Your region may have different categories.


For instance, if you type in “travel”, and choose Channel filter, it will return channels related to travel.
The first channel is ranked first despite having fewer subscribers. Their content probably outpaces their competitors’.

On YouTube, you can purchase movies and TV shows in full length. This means that the search filter is useful when choosing a Film or Programme. Those outside the US, however, are not yet able to use this feature.


You have the option of setting a Short or Long duration. If you are seeking shorter films or documentaries that usually last longer than 20 minutes, you may find the Long-duration option useful.

When it comes to Short videos, the majority of them will be straight to the point. When time is of the essence, choose Short.

Features: YouTube Advanced Search 

YouTube Advanced Search 

  • YouTube has the largest category filter. Users can filter for a variety of content types:
  • Live – View live video content on YouTube in real-time.
  • Subtitles – Only display subtitles.
  • Creative Commons – Search for free-to-use content.
  • 360 degrees – View videos in 360-degrees as shown above. VR headsets are recommended.
  • 4K/HD – This type of video allows you to only show content in high-quality.
  • Unlike other categories, this one allows you to select more than one filter. Thus, you can combine 4K videos with 360-degree videos, for example.

Sort By

YouTube sorts result by relevance by default. It tries to match your search query intent as closely as possible. Choose from Upload date, View count, or Rating. The categories are pretty self-explanatory. The importance of each varies according to whether it is recent, popular, or quality.

Operator filters

Using the comma operator is faster than using the filter options above. You don’t need to choose a different filter every time you search, just use it inside search text itself.

For example, if you search for “COVID 19, today, short, HD” YouTube will automatically filter without prompting you to select a filter.

Certainly faster than the more common approach. Furthermore, you can add multiple combinations as you see in the next section, so you can use them with the advanced search filters.

Advanced search filters

If the above options did not help you find the content you wanted, YouTube has more options. The operators on YouTube are similar to those on Google.

I will explain how to use advanced search operators:


Quote operator

YouTube will, by default, use all the words in your query, but not necessarily in the same order; it may also omit some words deemed irrelevant by YouTube. By using this quotes operator, you will force YouTube to search for the exact string in the titles as well as the descriptions of the videos.

Mostly relevant when you use ambiguous search terms. For example, the results of “Opel Astra” with quotes differ from those without. As you can see, results are different without quotes. Astra may not necessarily be the cause of the third result.

+ Plus Operator

For example, if you want to search for a video with specific terms in its title or description, simply use the plus (+). Because some YouTube search terms tend to be ignored, this is an essential feature.
The above example, for example, made sure that only Nirvana live performances appeared in the videos by adding “+ Live” to “Nirvana.”

– Minus Operator

It should come as no surprise that the minus operator has the exact opposite effect. By doing this, it ensures that the term behind the – operator does not appear in the title or description of the video.
If you need travel destination ideas but would like to travel outside of Europe, this operator can assist you with your search. You can ensure the travel videos listed by typing “Travel – Europe”.

youtube Pipe Operator

| Pipe Operator

The pipe operator can be used to match at least one of several terms in a search. Both sides of the pipe will return results for the query. When searching for recipes that use either milk or cream, you would type “milk | cream recipes”.

intitle: operator

You can restrict searches to video titles only by selecting this title. YouTube searches both video titles and descriptions by default. Depending on how relevant the description is to the content, this may result in irrelevant results. YouTube will only search by title when you use the intitle: operator.

* Wildcard operator

There is not much use of this operator, but it’s great if you’re not sure what you’re looking for and need inspiration. This is where YouTube wildcard comes in handy. If, for instance, you want to search for “worst of 2020”, you can do so using the search box below. YouTube will surely give you many results this year given the year it has been.

.. Price range operator

If you want product reviews but are on a budget, then this operator is perfect for you. You will receive reviews on MacBooks in the price range of $850-$100 if you look for “$800..$100 laptops”.

# Hashtag Operator

Hashtags can be added to videos on YouTube by uploaders. By using hashtags, videos can be grouped under a common category. A hashtag search will find videos containing the hashtag in the title or description.

My recommendations

Here is a summary of what can be done:

  • If you’re looking for a specific category, use the YouTube filter search menu.
  • You can directly incorporate YouTube search filters into your search query by using the comma operator.
  • Cite specific terms with “quotes”
  • For omitting or adding terms to a search query, use minus – and plus + respectively.
  • When searching for either term, apply pipe.
  • If you aren’t sure what to search for, use a wildcard *.
  • In title searches, use the intitle operator.
  • Apply the price range selector to product reviews.

Conclusion: YouTube Search Filters

With Boolean being the most common way people use to search the web, search tricks have long been a great way to search the Internet.

Using these new parameters, however, makes browsing the Internet much easier. Just remember that YouTube has millions of people searching every minute.

You don’t realize how powerful it is. Once you get the hang of these search parameters, they are likely to change your computing life.



Aishwar Babber is a passionate blogger and a digital marketer. He loves to talk and blog about the latest tech and gadgets, which motivates him to run GizmoBase. He is currently practicing his digital marketing, SEO, and SMO expertise as a full-time marketer on various projects. He is an active investor in NewSmartWave and ImageStation.

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