Find your way around YouTube

Signed in? How you explore YouTube depends on whether you're signed in or not. On a phone or tablet, you'll know you’re signed in by tapping the profile picture  . If you're on a computer, check the top right of your YouTube screen. If you’re signed in, you’ll see your name or username. If you’re not, you’ll be asked 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 explore YouTube, you can always click YouTube 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. Your preferences and activity on YouTube will influence Search results.


Open the Guide to explore features like:

  • Home
  • Trending
  • Subscriptions
  • History
  • Watch Later
  • Liked videos
  • More from YouTube
  • Settings
  • Report history
  • Help
  • Send feedback


Home highlights videos recommended for you from your subscriptions and watch history. Your preferences and activity on YouTube influence your video recommendations.


Trending lets you discover videos that are popular on YouTube right now. You can scroll through videos or select a specific category (such as music or movies) to view videos exclusively on that subject.


The Subscriptions section shows you new uploads and videos from only the channels you're subscribed to. Those channels will also be listed at the top of the page. Clicking the channel artwork will take you to that channel.


Library will take you directly to your collection of playlists on YouTube. You'll also have 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 Like  .

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 clicking your profile picture. From this menu you can also view your channel, time watched, paid memberships, switch between accounts, sign out, and more.

 Create a video or post

Click Create a video  in the upper-right corner to upload video content to your channel or start a live stream.


The messages button  in the upper-right corner of your browser allows you to view your list of messages.


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

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