Last year, we had to thank YouTube for teaching us how to make sourdough bread, take care of our plants, and develop a regular gym routine (no gym needed).

Brands can capitalize on the popularity of the platform not only by creating useful or entertaining videos, but also by managing their YouTube comment section.

People want to be seen and heard. That’s why audience engagement is key to getting others interested in your brand. It also has the advantage of improving your location with YouTube’s algorithm. To make sure your videos are recommended and appear in search results, you’ll want to be familiar with liking, replying to, and moderating YouTube comments.

In this article, we’ll look at how to:

  • Enable comments
  • reply to comments
  • Report and delete YouTube comments
  • write your own comments
  • See your YouTube comment history

How to open comments on YouTube?

You’ve published your first video and are now ready to see some action.

First, you’ll want to check if your YouTube comments are turned on.

Follow these steps:

1. Sign in to YouTube Studio

Visit to log into your YouTube channel dashboard.

2. Go to settings

On the left, look at the bottom of the page and click the gear icon for Settings.

3. Select Community

From here you can change the default setting on the Defaults tab. By default, this is set to review potentially inappropriate comments. You can keep the setting as is or change it to:

  • Allow all comments
  • Hold all comments for review
  • Or disable comments.

Pro tip: If you notice that YouTube comments are not showing, check that Disable Comments is not selected as your default setting.

On the AutoFilters tab, you can add other settings such as:

  • Add moderator
  • Approve or hide users
  • Block certain words

How to moderate comments on YouTube?

When moderator, you will want to think of yourself as the host of a social gathering. Like any good host, it’s your responsibility to create a fun and engaging environment.

This means you may want to:

  • Delete inappropriate comments on your videos.
  • Prevent certain users from commenting on your videos in the future.
  • Encourage discussion by asking questions.
  • Respond to comments and questions about your videos.
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Sometimes you may see a highlighted comment tag on some of your comments. If you’re wondering what a highlighted comment means on YouTube, it’s basically automatically generated by the platform itself and is meant to bring the comment to your attention. Once you see the highlighted comment or deal with it, it will disappear.

If you’re active on YouTube and other social media platforms, you may want to use a social media management tool to moderate comments across the board. With Moyens I/O, you can create Streams for accounts and even specific videos, and easily follow and interact with comments from your dashboard.

Add stream to Moyens I/O

If you chose Hold all comments for review You will be able to approve YouTube comments directly from Moyens I/O.

To learn more about managing a YouTube community through Moyens I/O, watch this video:

How to respond to comments on YouTube?

If a YouTuber makes an effort to connect with your brand, don’t leave them blank!

To reply to your comments, return to your YouTube Studio page and Comments in the menu on the left. Here you will be able to see the comments other users have made on your channel.

Depending on your YouTube comment settings, you’ll see public comments in: Posted in tab or unpublished comments afflicted for Review tab.

If you want to reply to the comments in the next section, you must first provide your stamp of approval.

Note that comments that are held or under review can only wait for approval for 60 days. After that, they will be deleted.

You have several options for how to respond:

1. Use the smart reply feature.

If you’re in a hurry and think YouTube generated replies might say that better than you, say “Thanks!” Just click one of the few options provided, such as Short, sweet and meaningful.

YouTube Studio smart response feature

2. Shoot Answer To write your original message

3. You can also use the like, dislike or heart icon to interact with and approve commenters.

Also, visiting the YouTube page of a single video and Answer Press the button to reply directly from there.

If you’re using Moyens I/O Streams, you can also like, comment, and reply to My Videos, search, and playlist streams.

To reply, simply write your answer in the write box below the comment.

Moyens I/O Streams posted comments

Source: YouTube

How to report YouTube comments

Click the three dots next to the like, dislike and like options in the YouTube studio section. From there, you’ll have the option to click the red flag and report a comment.

If you do, make sure the post clearly violates YouTube’s guidelines, otherwise the platform is unlikely to take action. This is a feature you can use if you see threats, harassment, spam or phishing comments, or content that seems completely inappropriate for the platform.

Report comments on YouTube studio

How to delete comments on YouTube?

YouTube makes it easy for its users to delete comments.

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Just use it sparingly. Your viewers will notice when comments are deleted. And some brands may have a bad reputation for turning off viewer complaints or dialogue.

If you’re holding comments for review, click the trash can icon below the comment to remove it.

If the comment has already been published, click the three dots below the comment and then To pick up from the list.

remove comment from list

How to disable comments on YouTube

Like deleting comments, disabling comments is generally not a good practice. This is because you want your audience to engage with you and build a relationship with your brand.

If you still think it’s necessary, you can disable comments like this:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio
  2. choose Settings (gear icon) on the left
  3. To choose Community
  4. Hungry defaults tab
  5. Under Comments on your new videos choose Disable comments
  6. don’t forget to hit Save

settings defaults disable comments

How to search for YouTube comments?

To search for YouTube comments, you first need to make sure you’re in YouTube Studio.

Then in the menu Posted in tab. To search It will be the first option available. This is your YouTube comment finder. Then you can type what you are looking for.

Search YouTube comments

You can add a search feed to your dashboard in Moyens I/O. This can help you attract comments you want to revisit or reply to within minutes.

Add a search stream to Moyens I/O

You can then search for content using keywords and sort the information by upload date, relevance, views, and rating. If you want to revisit the top-rated YouTube comment on one of your videos, this is the feature to use.

add a stream sort by uploaded date

How to comment on a YouTube video

The comment section of videos is often as lively as the videos themselves. If you want to increase engagement for your own brand and build relationships with others, engaging with other content can be a good way to start.

To comment:

  1. Double-check that you’re signed in to your brand’s account.
  2. Select the video you want to interact with and then go to the Comments section.
  3. Write your comment where it is written Add a public comment.

National Geographic YouTube video add public comment

How to view your YouTube comment history

You’ll want to browse through your YouTube comment history to keep track of all the comments you’ve posted on the platform.

1. Visit your YouTube history

After making sure you are signed into your YouTube Channel (not your YouTube studio), click the three lines in the upper left corner of your screen.

2. Scroll down and History in the drop-down menu.

3. Click Comments on the right side.

This will display the comments you have made and replied to.

Note: If you’ve commented on a previously deleted video, or if YouTube removed the comment due to a policy violation, you won’t be able to view, edit, or delete your comment.

YouTube watch history comments

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