YouTube vs Dailymotion

YouTube has the largest database ever as almost everyone uses it. The only two competitors I know are Dailymotion and Vimeo. I prefer Dailymotion though. Because I live aboard, I mainly use such services to share my own videos with family and friends…

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  • Unfortunately, Google stopped its video editor as no one is using it. It was very handy and free.
  • Copyright issues. Google is very strictly watching over copyrights. A music coming from the car’s radio could cause the video to be marked as violation!
  • I wish they kept the connection with contacts. That’s, ability to share a movie with a specific contact where no one else can see it. I think they are heading into restoring this back in someway.
  • If you’re into public videos, YouTube has the largest database and users. Thus, getting your movie noticed is not as easy as in Dailymotion or Vimeo. Some might argue about this in the opposite direction!
  • If you want to download your own videos, they will be at lower quality than the original uploaded.


  • It’s not Google’s.
  • Breaching of copyrights is not allowed here too. However, I think copyrights’ claims are less in comparing to YouTube.
  • Sometimes, they have issues with quality of the uploaded videos. I think they solved that in their latest update.
  • Dailymotion offers monetizing options as in YouTube.
  • I hate the upload limits here. 2hrs-length of upload per 24 hrs. However, the quota is increasing over time.

Give Dailymotion a try; you won’t regret it.

I haven’t talked about Vimeo here because it’s mostly not free. Rather, I believe it’s expensive. Additionally, I never liked their mobile app.

Do you use video services other than YouTube? Do you use such services for sharing your own videos privately with family and friends?

40 thoughts on “YouTube vs Dailymotion”

  1. Hi Mohamad, I use only YouTube. It was the most well known and suited my needs when I was looking for a platform at the beginning of the year. I will probably stay with it; I don’t really have any ‘issues’ with it for now. 🙂

  2. Hi everyone, I’m different mostly because I don’t have a cell phone and have only been on youtube once and that was only because the search I was doing took me there. These other Apps you mention never heard of them.

  3. I’ve heard of Vimeo, but I only use YouTube. Indeed, I have noticed that they are getting stricter on copyright, taking down a lot of videos. I have never made my own video to upload, but would love to learn how someday. YouTube is great for finding almost any kind of content one can imagine though! 🙂

    • Yes, Melissa. YouTube is still the best regarding the size of their database. I understand their point of view regarding copyrights. However, it’s annoying sometimes when you’re uploading your own videos with no intention to breach copyrights!

  4. Thank you for this sharing information. Knew Vimeo, good quality. Did not know of Daily Motion.
    I upload videos with YouTube, mainly exercise videos in Danish and in English (text), for public use (for friends, lecture participants and students). I find the service and libraries work well.
    The fact that YouTube is owned by Google is important for public videos; more easily found.

  5. You commented, ” YouTube is a mature service that is managed by a giant. ”
    And that ‘giant’ is a ‘control freak’ which I have little desire for.
    My opinion: YouTube is flagging and taking down videos and sites for the most ridiculous reasons! They ‘bully’ people into submission! This year they took down a very old informational site, one that always bent over backwards to ‘comply’ with YouTube regulations. The site spoke too much ‘truth’ for the likes of YouTube.
    Vimeo I was aware of….have used….am not impressed with.
    Thank you for the intro to Dailymotion. Will check it out soonly.

    • Wow, Ren. Thank you very much for the information. Honestly, I haven’t had big issues with YouTube. But my motto is not to have all eggs in one basket… I’m sorry to hear this about the channel. Unfortunately, if they talked about it, others will consider them biased!


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