Free character counter for YouTube video titles and blogs



What is the Character Counter?

This tool counts words, letters and characters and gives you a score: how likely is your title to be truncated?
This way you can you can check in one click if your title exceeds the limits for home, suggested and search on mobile and desktop.

Since different part of YouTube (search, home screen, channel page) truncate titles at different lengths, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
On top of that, there is no exact number of characters after which your title is always truncated.

How does the Character Counter work?

  • Input a video title or text in the text area above
  • Click "COUNT"
  • Look at the score for your purpose (YouTube, blog post etc)

Length YouTube video title - YouTube homepage

I analyzed 15 titles of videos on the YouTube homepage desktop.
And I analyzed 12 titles of videos on the YouTube homepage mobile.
Since the homepage is different on every reload I can't do a 1 on 1 comparison between mobile and desktop.

Let's start with Homepage Desktop:
# Length original title Length title YouTube desktop*
Title 13232
Title 24141
Title 366
57
Title 45252
Title 591
63
Title 65353
Title 793
48
Title 892
57
Title 979
56
Title 105454
Title 115353
Title 126565
Title 1372
54
Title 1463
56
Title 1589
58
I noticed that the shown amount of characters vary based on the size of my browser screen.
So, available screen resolution is a big factor in truncation.
Take these numbers with a grain of salt, if you resize my browser window, I will have different results.

Let's look at Homepage Mobile Android:
# Length original title Length title YouTube mobile*
Title 14646
Title 22828
Title 34747
Title 462
61
Title 587
67
Title 65858
Title 74444
Title 85959
Title 95555
Title 1092
68
Title 115959
Title 1272
69
* without the dots ("..." not included)

Length YouTube video title - Search

I analyzed 13 titles of videos in YouTube search on desktop and mobile.
# Length original title Length title YouTube desktop* Length title YouTube mobile*
Title 15959
44
Title 26161
50
Title 3474747
Title 49595
47
Title 5505050
Title 6535353
Title 75959
49
Title 8454545
Title 9100100
45
Title 108484
41
Title 11383838
Title 12414141
Title 13393939
* without the dots ("..." not included)

You are pretty safe regarding search on desktop.
That is absolutely not the case on mobile 45-55 character max.

Length YouTube video title - YouTube suggested

I analyzed 12 titles of suggested on the desktop site.
And I analyzed 18 titles of suggested videos on the YouTube mobile app.
Since the suggested videos are different on every reload I can't do a 1 on 1 comparison between mobile and desktop.

Let's start with desktop:
# Length original title Length title YouTube desktop*
Title 15757
Title 260
53
Title 35656
Title 45353
Title 55555
Title 662
53
Title 779
60
Title 857
42
Title 978
49
Title 1075
59
Title 1193
60
Title 1295
54
I noticed that the shown amount of characters DO NOT vary based on the size of my browser screen.

Let's look at Search Mobile on Android:
# Length original title Length title YouTube mobile*
Title 13030
Title 26565
Title 376
69
Title 4100
65
Title 589
68
Title 62727
Title 772
68
Title 84949
Title 93434
Title 105656
Title 116060
Title 126565
Title 136060
Title 146161
Title 154545
Title 165656
Title 1780
73
Title 185454
* without the dots ("..." not included)

Length YouTube video title - Channel page

I analyzed 24 titles of YouTube videos on the channel homepage for the mobile app and desktop.
How many of these titles were truncated and what was their length?
The results are in the table below:
# Length original title Length title YouTube desktop* Length title YouTube mobile*
Title 160
53
45
Title 2444444
Title 34646
39
Title 4454545
Title 55353
47
Title 655
46
46
Title 7313131
Title 861
48
40
Title 962
47
40
Title 1074
45
37
Title 114545
38
Title 124747
39
Title 1362
50
37
Title 1461
49
44
Title 1559
48
41
Title 1654
46
39
Title 1787
56
44
Title 1871
54
38
Title 1958
48
40
Title 20393939
Title 21333333
Title 22424242
Title 23444444
Title 24474747
* without the dots ("..." not included)

I also noticed that the truncation on Android phones is far more "enthusiastic" than on iPhones.
In this test I used Android, because it's the worst case scenario.

Length website titles in Google

I analyzed 13 titles shown in the <title> tag of random websites.
How many of these titles were truncated and what was their length?
The results are in the table below:
# Length original title Length title Google desktop* Length title Google mobile*
Title 162
54
62
Title 282
57
71
Title 380
58
66
Title 4565656
Title 572
52
72
Title 663
60
63
Title 7525252
Title 825
37
37
Title 958
47
58
Title 10616161
Title 11585858
Title 12606060
Title 13636363
* without the space and the dots (" ..." not included)

If you look closely, you'll see something weird: sometimes the original title is smaller than the "truncated" version. This is because Google adds sometimes the title of the site when the title is only a few characters long.

I can safely say that if your website title is within 55 characters, you are safe from truncation in Google.
Notice that some titles above 60 characters are truncated and others not.
This has probably to do with word length around the point of truncation, because Google does a word-aware chop of titles.
Truncation can also happen because of visual space, since Google uses a non-proportional font, some characters "eat" more visual space than others.