How to start a YouTube channel

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope
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Many users would like to start a YouTube channel, whether it's to broadcast their videos, or subscribe to other people's channels. The process for doing this changes depending on whether or not you have a Google Account. We recommend you create one because it is also used with many of their other services (e.g., Gmail). However, there are also steps for those who don't want a Google Account.

Creating a Google account

As we said before, we recommend creating a Google account if you don't have one because it is quick and convenient as it's used with many of their other services.

  1. Visit the Google account creation page.
  2. Fill out the form on the right side of the screen.

Creating a YouTube channel with a Google account

  1. Go to the YouTube website and click the YouTube sign in button - with account button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Use your Google account information to sign into YouTube.
  3. Once you've signed in, try some action that requires a channel, such as posting a video or comment on someone else's.
  4. You should be prompted to create a channel, click Confirm to continue.

Creating a YouTube channel without a Google account

You can make a YouTube channel without a Google account, but it's less convenient (for use with other Google services) and requires more steps.

  1. Go to the YouTube website and click YouTube sign in button - without account in the upper-right corner.
  2. On the next screen, click the text that says Sign in with a different account.
  3. On the next screen, click Add account.
  4. Fill out the form that appears.
  5. Check the box next to "I agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy."
  6. Click on the Next Step button.
  7. Verify your e-mail address by heading to that address, signing in, and clicking the link in the e-mail from Google.
Tip

If you don't see the e-mail from Google, you can click the Resend verification email link on the verification screen.