TV / Film Partner Guide

Add a custom URL

If you had or have a traditional YouTube username on your channel, then you unfortunately can't add a custom URL or change your URL. Your channel already has a URL associated with your old username, like the following:
http://www.youtube.com/user/USERNAME

When you create a new YouTube channel using your Google identity, you'll have a default unique URL that looks something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNimhyukHP5tdka3a9zi9Nw

You can see that it is quite complicated and hard to remember. If you'd like a simpler URL, you can add a custom URL to your Channel. To add a custom URL, use the following steps:

  1. Make sure you're signed into YouTube, and go to your advanced account settings.
  2. Under Channel Settings, click Create custom URL.
  3. You'll then be able to choose the URL you want. Note that you can't choose a URL that someone's already chosen. Once you've chosen your custom URL, it will appear like this:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CUSTOMURL
Once your channel has a custom URL, it can't be changed. Choose carefully!