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How to Change YouTube Channel Name Step-by-Step (With Photos)

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How to Change YouTube Channel Name Step-by-Step (With Photos)

A YouTube channel gives content creators and users a place to keep their videos, but sometimes the topic of the channel may change. When that happens, you’ll want to know how to change the YouTube channel name, unless you plan to create a new one.

How to Change YouTube Channel Names on PCs

1. Log in at YouTube

To change your channel name, you must log in to YouTube under the account you want to manage. Click on the profile picture in the top right corner and enter your login information.

Your profile picture can be found in the upper right-hand corner.

2. Your Channel

Once you’re logged in to YouTube, go back to your profile icon. Click it to access a drop-down menu and select Your Channel from the options.

Click your profile icon and choose Your channel at the top of the menu.

3. Customize Channel

On your channel page, you can manage videos or the channel itself. To change the channel name, click Customize Channel.

Click the Customize channel button to change your channel’s name.

4. Channel Customization

A new window will appear with options for branding, layout, and basic channel information. Choose Basic Info and you’ll see options for your handle and channel name.

The Basic info tab can be found at the top of your screen to the right.

5. Rename Channel

Enter your new channel name in the top box that says Name. When you are satisfied, click on publish to save changes to the channel. If successful, a message will appear at the bottom of the screen and your channel’s name will refresh on YouTube.

Type the channel’s new name in the box provided.

Changing YouTube Channel Names on Android or iOS

Whether you’re hit with a bout of inspiration on the go or need to change a channel name on the fly, you can do it on the YouTube app.

1. Open the App

Locate the YouTube app on your smartphone or tablet. Tap to open the app and log in to the YouTube account where you want to change the channel name.

Tap the icon to open the app.

2. Profile Settings

Tap on your photo icon to bring up a list of options and choose Your Channel.

Your channel is located at the top of the menu.

3. Edit Channel

To change the channel name from here, you’ll need to look for the pencil icon as shown in the image below. Selecting it opens up a new window where you can edit your YouTube channel.

4. Change YouTube Channel Name

In your channel settings, tap on the pencil icon next to your channel’s name. Choose a new name for your channel and select Save to set the changes.

Enter your new name when prompted and click Save.

Managing a YouTube Channel

The steps in our guide show you how to change YouTube channel name quickly, but there are a number of features you can customize within a channel as well. You can access the settings through YouTube Studio’s channel customization, which you’ll find by going to your channel through the profile link.

The Basic Info section not only allows you to change your YouTube channel name, but you can also change your handle. This is where you can set a new URL and add a description as well. Want to add links to other sites for viewers of your channel? You can do that from here, while Branding opens the door to banner images and watermarks.

Visit the Featured sections in your channel settings to customize your homepage.

From setting featured sections for your channel to looking at analytics, there is a lot of information available through your channel settings. That includes the ability to set subtitles for videos or check on takedown requests. You can also delete YouTube channels from this menu by heading to Settings, Channel, and Advanced Settings.

To delete your channel, scroll to the bottom of this section and select remove YouTube content. When the pop-up appears, sign into your account and follow the prompts to delete your channel from YouTube.

Go to Advanced settings to manage your account or remove content.

The Wrap-Up

Setting up or deleting YouTube channels is simple and an excellent way to bring new content to your audience. It not only expands your reach but could potentially bring in more income along with new viewers.

For a quick refresher of what you’ve just learnt check out the video below which will walk you through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a YouTube-verified channel change its name?

Yes, although you will lose verified status and will need to apply for it again.

How much money can you make with a YouTube channel?

That depends on how popular it is and how many views you’re able to get from your content.

Will changing a YouTube channel name affect your Google account?

No, you can change your YouTube user name or channel name without altering your Google account.

Does changing your YouTube URL affect the channel name?

You can change the URL for your YouTube channel without changing the channel name.

Can you turn off restricted mode to view YouTube channels?

Yes, but only if you have administrative privileges in some cases. You can follow the steps in this guide to turn off restricted mode.

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