Whether you’ve outgrown your YouTube username, changed the main idea for your content, or you just want a different name for your channel, it’s easy enough to make it happen.
In this post, we’ll show you how you can change your username on YouTube and what you can expect once you make the change.
Changing your YouTube username: steps
If you use your Google Account name and photos for your YouTube channel, you can update this information at any time (pretty easily). If you change it anywhere, it will also change the name and photo across all your Google services.
To specifically change your YouTube username, you need to:
- Sign in to your account on YouTube.
- Go to Settings by clicking on your avatar in the top right corner.
- In the Overview section, click Edit on Google next to your username.
- Update the YouTube username and click OK.
Alternatively, you can:
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- Go to Customization and Basic info.
- Add whatever channel name you like!
If you want to use a name or photo on YouTube that’s different from what you have for your Google Account, connect your channel to a Brand Account. You can do this to support your business or brand identity on YouTube without having a connection to your personal Google Account.
Why you might struggle to change a YouTube username?
If it turns out that changing your YouTube username is difficult, it is likely because you have changed it three times in a 90 day period already. If you really want to make a change again, you need to wait for another 90 days to make that happen.
Is it a good idea to change your YouTube username?
This really depends on what you want to achieve. As a brand or business, it might be a necessary change, especially if you’re planning to reinvent your video content strategy. If you’re going to talk about totally different things or promote different kinds of products, then changing a YouTube username will be a must.
On the other hand, note that the YouTube username change can lead to minor frustration initially. For example, some of your subscribers might not recognize your new username and may unsubscribe if they don’t immediately recognize you. Hence, if you’re planning to reinvent your YouTube name, you better inform your subscribers in advance.
The other issue is verification. You should keep in mind that you’ll lose your verification sign once you change your channel name. Unfortunately, you’ll have to reapply. The good news is: the process won’t take too long.
On the other hand, if you’re a private user who just wants a little more privacy, changing a YouTube username can be helpful. Especially since linked YouTube and Google accounts can easily give your full name away.
We hope this has been useful for you and that now you can change your YouTube username or channel name more easily. 🙂