How to start a YouTube channel

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope
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Whether it's to broadcast videos, showcase your interests, or subscribe to other people's content, starting a YouTube channel has many benefits. While you don't have to own a Gmail address to create a YouTube channel, you do need to have a Google account. You can do so for free by visiting the Google account creation page and filling in the appropriate information.

Once you've set up your Google account, follow the steps below to create a YouTube channel.

How to create a YouTube channel

  1. Go to the YouTube website and click the YouTube Sign in button. button in the upper-right corner.
  2. Use your Google account information to sign in to YouTube.
  3. In the upper-right corner, click the profile icon. It may be blank or have your current Google profile picture.

Select profile picture

  1. Select Create a channel from the drop-down menu.

Create a channel selector on YouTube.

  1. Type your Name (A), choose a Handle (B), upload a picture (C) if desired, and then click Create channel (D).

To change your channel image at any other time, see our page: How to add, change, or remove a YouTube channel picture.

Creating a YouTube channel.

  1. If successful, you are shown a prompt informing you the channel is being created.

Channel creation in progress prompt on YouTube.