Topic channels

YouTube’s auto-generated channels are created by algorithms to collect trending and popular videos by topic. Auto-generated channels act like user channels in that you can subscribe to them and stay updated on new videos.

YouTube's auto-generated channels begin with a # symbol (eg #surfing <linked to the channel>) and contain a notice in the About section that they are auto-generated.

Auto-generated channels FAQ

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 few videos or watch views about this topic, or because the set of videos doesn’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 do not convey any editorial opinion.

How do I get my channels or videos to show up in an auto-generated channel? You don’t need to do anything, just follow the normal best practices for discovery of a video - select really good title and description. Remember to focus on quality of tags rather than the quantity. As always, do not try to mislead the users as that is a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

How does this page differ from a search results page?
The auto-generated channel presents a collection of videos about a singular subject. When the same term can have multiple interpretations (e.g., Chicago: city, musical, movie, music band), the auto-generated channels reflect one interpretation of that term. In addition, auto-generated channels provide:
  • The ability to subscribe and get regular updates about this topic on YouTube on your feed
  • A way to find other channels related to this topic
  • More context about this topic from Wikipedia or other sources