Auto-generated topic channels

YouTube has auto-generated channels of trending and popular videos that are created by algorithms. On these channels, you'll see a notice in the "About" section that they've been auto-generated by YouTube.

YouTube's auto-generated channels begin with a # symbol — like #Surfing. Just like user channels, you can subscribe to these auto-generated topic channels and stay updated on new videos.

Common questions about auto-generated channels

How does YouTube determine when to create an auto-generated channel?

An auto-generated channel is created when YouTube algorithmically identifies a topic to have a significant presence on the site. If a topic doesn't have an auto-generated channel, it may be because:

  • There are only a few videos on the topic.
  • There aren't many watch views for videos in this topic.
  • The videos in the topic don't meet our quality threshold.
How does YouTube auto-generate channels?

YouTube algorithmically determines the central topics in a video and then uses that information to develop great collections of videos for any topic of interest. These channels don't convey any editorial opinion on the part of YouTube.

How do I get my channels or videos to show up in an auto-generated channel?

You don't need to do anything except follow the normal best practices for discovery of a video: Have a really good title and description. Learn more about making your channel and content more discoverable in the Creator Academy.

Remember to focus on quality of tags rather than the quantity. And as always, don't try to mislead users — that's a violation of YouTube's Community Guidelines.

How does this page differ from a search results page?

An auto-generated channel presents a collection of videos about a singular subject. When the same term can have multiple interpretations ("Chicago" = city; musical; movie; musical band), the auto-generated channel reflects one interpretation of that term. The term might have multiple channels. Auto-generated channels also provide:

  • The ability to subscribe and get regular updates about this topic in your YouTube feed
  • A way to find other channels related to this topic
  • More context about this topic from Wikipedia or other sources
 
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