Article last updated on:
February 10, 2024

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Copy a thumbnail (extract it)
  • From any YouTube video
  • 100% for free.

Very relevant: How to copy a thumbnail’s URL.

For now, let’s focus on copying the image itself.

How to Copy a Thumbnail from YouTube

You can copy a thumbnail from YouTube by right-clicking the image and selecting “Copy image”. The image will be added to your clipboard.

Alternatively, you can copy the video’s ID and paste it in the link below to get the picture at its highest resolution:

We’ll now detail both options.

Method #1: The simple way

Copying a YouTube video's thumbnail image
  1. Find your desired video
  2. Right-click its thumbnail
  3. Select Copy Image

You can then past it anywhere.

Pro Tip: Hit “Save Image As…” if you want to download the thumbnail.

Method #2: Through video ID

1. Open your desired video

2. Copy the video’s ID (everything after “watch?v=”)

Highlighting where to find the Video ID In a YouTube URL

3. Paste that ID in the link below

4. Press enter

5. Right-click > Select Copy Image

There you go! The image is now in your clipboard.


This guide studied the two most reliable (and free!) ways to copy a YouTube video’s thumbnail.

Hope you found just what you needed!

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About the author

David is the head of the editing team at ThumbnailTest. With his help, the editorial team is able to provide you with the best free guides related to YouTube thumbnails and A/B testing.