Find your way around YouTube

Signed in? How you navigate YouTube depends on if you are signed in. On a phone or tablet, you'll know you’re signed in by tapping Account . If you're on a computer, look at the top right of your YouTube screen. If you’re signed in, you’ll see your name or username, and if you’re not, you’ll see the prompt to Sign in. This article covers the signed in experience.
If you're new to YouTube or haven't signed in, the homepage will display the most popular videos and highlights from categories like Music, Sports, and Gaming.
As you navigate YouTube, you can always click the YouTube icon at the top left corner to return to the homepage.


The Search bar allows you to find and explore content on YouTube. Enter what you’re searching for and then filter the results by videos, channels, or playlists. Search results may be influenced by your preferences and activity on YouTube.


Open the Guide to access Home, Trending, Subscriptions, History, Watch later, Liked videos, More from YouTube, Settings, Report history, Help, and Send feedback.


Home highlights videos recommended for you from your subscriptions and watch history. Video recommendations are influenced by your preferences and activity on YouTube.


Trending lets you discover videos that are popular on YouTube right now. You can scroll through all of the videos, or select a specific category (such as music, live, gaming, news, or movies) to see videos exclusively on that subject.


The Subscriptions section allows you to see recent uploads and videos from only the channels you're subscribed to. You'll also see a list of those channels up top. Tapping on the channel artwork will take you to that channel.


Library will take you directly to your collection of playlists on YouTube. You will also see other options under Library that allow you to view your own browsing on YouTube:


History shows you your watch history list. You can search your watch history, search history, comments, and more. You can also clear your watch history, pause watch history, and manage all activity here.

 Watch later

Watch later is the list of videos that you saved for another time by clicking “Watch later.”

 Liked videos

Liked videos displays all the videos you have “liked” by clicking the Like Button .

More from YouTube

The More from YouTube section includes links to other YouTube products, such as YouTube Premium, Movies & Shows, Gaming, and Live.

 Profile picture

Access your account information and settings by tapping on your profile picture. From this menu you can also access your channel, time watched, paid memberships, switch between accounts, sign out and more.

 Create a video or post

Click on the camera icon  in the upper right corner to upload video content to your channel or start a live stream.


The messages button , located in the upper right corner of your browser, allows you to see your list of messages.


The notification button , located in the upper right corner of your browser, allows you to see your list of notifications.

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