How to Link to a Timestamp in a Google Drive Video

Want your Google Drive video to play at a certain time when viewers open the video link? If so, it’s easy to create timestamped links for your videos hosted on this service. Here’s how.

To create a custom link that plays your Google Drive video at the specified time, you don’t need a third-party app. All you need to do is add a parameter to the video URL, and that link then plays the video at the chosen location.

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Link to a specific position in a Google Drive video

To generate a link for your video, first launch Google Drive on your computer and find your video file.

Right-click on your video and choose “Get Link” from the menu.

Choose "Get the link" from the menu.

In the box that opens, enter the link of your video by clicking on “Copy link”.

Click on "Copy link" in the box.

Open a new tab in your web browser and paste your video link there. Do not press Enter yet.

Your video link should look like this:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZWQN93aQ2lniE3RTe-sdL1VXrbFHLcUL/view?usp=sharing

From this link remove everything that appears after view?. Then add the t parameter with the time you want to play your video. For example, to get your link to play your video at 1 minute and 25 seconds, your resulting link would look like this:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZWQN93aQ2lniE3RTe-sdL1VXrbFHLcUL/view?t=1m25s

In the link above, m represents the minutes and s for seconds. To specify the time, you will use h.

Go to the link and you will find that Google Drive plays your video at the specified time. You can now share this link with others so they can also watch your video at the starting point of your choice. Make sure, however, that you have authorized other people to access your video.

And it’s how you let yourself and others quickly jump to a specific point in your video without having to manually skip any part of it. Very useful!

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Harry D. Gonzalez