How many times has this happened to you? You are all excited about posting your favorite video on your Facebook timeline, you grab the link, paste it in your status update, anticipate the link will automatically display its thumbnail / video with title and short description but once again to your surprise you get nothing. Well, you get the title and description but without the thumbnail or video, and you know from experience that without seeing the thumbnail, the video will not display and will not be viewable directly from your timeline. You frantically look at the link and begin to console with Google as to how you need to Fix YouTube Video Thumbnail to show on Facebook.
I too have been in this situation and spent many hours looking for that one 100% cure to the Video Thumbnail not showing on Facebook issue but only until recently has it dawned on me that the cure was way too simple. In this post I will give you some of the common remedies most people are sharing with each other online and though they sometimes work, the final solution (Solution #4) I will present to you, will give you the relief you need every time.
This trick will help not only with videos but also with other website links you are trying to post in Facebook but are unable to see the thumbnail you were expecting to see. You will need to be logged into Facebook to use this solution then go to https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug. Add your YouTube video link in the Debugger box and hit Debug button. This will show you what Facebook has for a Thumbnail and other details about the link. Should the information Facebook has cached not be correct, hit the “Fetch new scrape information” button and Facebook will update its cache and in most cases will solve your issue with posting your video on your timeline.
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Assuming your YouTube video link is correct, simply add the following code “&feature=related” to the end of the link then paste it back on your Facebook timeline and see if it does the trick. For some people this solution works but does not work for all.
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This solution involves shortening your link using something like bitly.com link shortener. Simply take your original YouTube video link and paste it in Bitly which will give you a short link which you can add and post on your Facebook timeline instead of your original one. Some people claim this works, but again, not for everyone!
Solution #4 (BEST)
This final solution is the only solution I have found after many hours of frustration. This works 100% of the time and if you have been through all the above solutions without any success, you will be glad you’ve read this far down the page. This is so simple your grandmother can do it! Simply go to the video in YouTube, under the video click on Share, then choose the Facebook logo and the share screen will pop up for you to add your comments that you want to go with the video. This is the simplest and easiest solution that works 100% of the time like a charm.
Hope all these solutions have been helpful with your YouTube video / thumbnail posting on Facebook. If I can help with any questions please feel free to contact me directly and I will be glad to help out. 🙂