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Create a new channel

With a Google Account, you can watch, like, and subscribe. Google Accounts don't come with a YouTube channel by default. Without a channel, you have no public presence on YouTube.

To upload, comment, or make playlists, create a public YouTube channel. Currently, this can't be done in the Android or iOS YouTube apps, but you can use the mobile site or a computer.

Create a personal channel with your name

  1. Make sure you're signed in to YouTube. 
  2. Try any action that requires a channel, such as uploading a video, posting a comment, or creating a playlist.
  3. If you don't yet have a channel, you'll see a prompt to create a channel.
  4. Check the details (with your Google Account name and photo) and confirm to create your new channel.

Create a channel with a business or other name

  1. On a computer or in a mobile browser, make sure you're signed in to YouTube.
  2. Go to your channel list.
  3. If you want to make a YouTube channel for a Brand Account that you manage, choose the account from the list. Otherwise, choose Create a new channel to set up a channel with a different name than your Google Account name.
  4. Fill out the details to create your new channel.

Learn more about using a channel with a business or other name on YouTube.

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