Handles are a way for you to find and connect with creators on YouTube. Handles are unique and short channel identifiers distinct from channel names, and they start with the “@” symbol. For example, @youtubecreators.
All channels will have an associated handle that can be used to find and interact with other users– both creators and viewers. Your handle will also automatically become the new YouTube URL for your channel that will make it easy for people to discover you. For example, youtube.com/@youtubecreators. You can use this URL to direct people to your channel when they’re not on YouTube. Each channel can only have one handle.
Your handle must follow these guidelines:
- Is between 3-30 characters
- Is made up of alphanumeric characters (A–Z, a–z, 0–9)
- Your handle can also include: underscores (_), hyphens (-), periods (.)
- Is not URL-like or phone number-like
- Is not already being used
- Follows YouTube's Community Guidelines
Best practices for choosing a handle
Select a handle that best represents your public identity on YouTube. Note that handles aren’t case-sensitive.
We don’t allow:
- Violent, offensive, sexualized, or spammy handles
- The sale and transfer of handles
If your handle is found to violate our Community Guidelines, YouTube will revoke the handle and generate a new one for your channel.
Hide your handle
If you want to hide your handle, you can delete or hide your channel.
Note: You can change your handle twice within a 14-day period. If you do so, we hold your previous handle for 14 days in case you’d like to switch back. During this 14-day period, your former handle URL and your updated URL will both work. Afterward, the handle will become available for other users to select as their handle.
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- From the left Menu, select Customization Basic info.
- Under Handle, you can view or change your handle URL.
- If you change your handle, click PUBLISH to confirm it.
If your preferred handle isn’t available, it’s usually because:
- Another channel already selected that handle.
- It didn’t meet our handle naming guidelines.