Change YouTube channel name: how to rename your channel

For a long time, changing your name on YouTube automatically affected your Google account. Until recently, if you changed your YouTube channel name, your associated Google account was automatically renamed as well. As of 2021, YouTube users can easily rename their YouTube channel without the change affecting their Google account.

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In this guide, we’ll show you how the process works in browsers and via the app.

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How to rename your YouTube channel – quick guide

Via the browser

  1. Sign into the YouTube website with your user data.
  2. Go to your profile picture and select ‘Your channel’.
  3. Click ‘Customize channel’.
  4. Click on the tab ‘Basic info’.
  5. Change your YouTube username (or channel name) using the pencil icon to the right of the name.
  6. Optionally, modify the ‘Description’ for your channel.
  7. Click ‘Publish’ to apply the changes.

Via the YouTube app

  1. Open the YouTube app and tap your profile picture.
  2. Click on ‘Your channel’.
  3. Select ‘Customize channel’.
  4. Rename your YouTube channel and – if desired – your channel description.

Change the channel name on YouTube: step by step

Follow our step-by-step guide to change your YouTube account name (or the name of your channel). Whether you’re using a browser (desktop) or the YouTube app, swapping your name takes just a few steps.

Note

Do you also use YouTube alternatives like Twitch, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and TikTok? Don’t forget to match channel names.

How to change your YouTube name in a browser

Step 1: Sign into YouTube

Sign into YouTube with your account information.

Step 2: Access the ‘My Channel’ menu item

Go to your profile picture and click ‘Your channel’ in the menu.

Step 3: Select ‘Customize Channel’

Once logged into your YouTube channel, press the ‘Customize Channel’ button.

Step 4: Open ‘Basic info’ tab

In the ‘Customize channel’ menu, you have, among other things, the option to edit the design of your channel. The ‘Layout’ and ‘Branding’ sections are available for this purpose. To change the channel description and YouTube channel name, click on the third tab ‘Basic info’.

Step 5: Rename YouTube channel

Click the pencil icon next to the YouTube channel name and description in order to customise your YouTube account name.

Note

Want to change more than just your YouTube username and start over? Google lets you delete your YouTube channel altogether.

Step 6: Change channel description

If you want to update the channel description, simply adjust the contents in the ‘Description’ field.

Step 7: Apply changes

To confirm changes to the YouTube channel name and description, click the ‘Publish’ button to finish.

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How to change your YouTube channel name in the app

Step 1: Tap profile picture

Launch the YouTube app and tap on your profile picture.

Step 2: Access ‘Your channel’ menu

Select the ‘Your channel’ entry to open the menu for customising your YouTube channel.

Step 3: Press ‘Edit Channel’ button

In the ‘Your Channel’ menu, tap ‘Edit Channel’.

Step 4: Customise YouTube name and channel description

Now change your YouTube name and optionally the channel description.

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What verified YouTube channels need to consider

Users whose YouTube channels have gathered more than 100,000 subscribers can receive a so-called channel confirmation in the form of a verification hook to enhance their YouTube brand. These users should carefully consider a name change because the verification is lost when the YouTube channel name is changed and must be applied for again.

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