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Get a custom URL for your channel

If you're trying to claim a new custom URL for your channel, you'll get a message that claiming custom URLs is down. We're currently doing a scheduled update on our custom URL system. Don't worry, you'll be able to claim a custom URL in a few days, if you're eligible. Go to our Known Issues page for updates.

If your channel is eligible, you can give fans an easy-to-remember web address, called a custom URL, for your YouTube channel. This is called a custom URL and looks like youtube.com/yourcustomname and youtube.com/c/yourcustomname.

You can choose a custom URL based on things like your display name, your YouTube username, any current vanity URLs that you have, or the name of your linked website (all subject to availability). You can't change a custom URL after creation, including adjustments to the capitalization, accents, or diacritics. 

When you claim a custom URL on YouTube, you no longer also get a Google+ URL. Learn how to claim a custom URL for your Google+ profile.

Claim a custom URL for YouTube

You can claim a custom URL if you meet the general eligibility requirements. Follow the steps below to set it up. 

General eligibility requirements

To create a custom URL for your channel, your account needs to:

  • Have 100 or more subscribers
  • Be at least 30 days old
  • Have an uploaded photo as channel icon
  • Have uploaded channel art

In general, a YouTube channel may only have one (1) custom URL and custom URLs cannot be transferred or assigned to anyone.

Set up a custom URL for your channel

If you're eligible for a custom URL, you'll see a notice in your advanced account settings, get an email notification, and may see a notification in your Creator Studio dashboard.

Before you start: Keep in mind that you can't change a custom URL after creation, including adjustments to the capitalization, accents, or diacritics.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Go to your advanced account settings by clicking your icon in the top right > settings . Then click Advanced under your account name.
  3. Under "Channel settings," select the link next to You're eligible for a custom URL. You'll only see this link if your channel is eligible.
  4. In the "Get a custom URL" box, you'll see the custom URL(s) you've been approved for. You can't change the part in the gray box, but you may need to add a few letters or numbers to make the URL unique to you.
  5. Carefully read and understand the "Custom URL Terms of Use" and select the box to agree to them, then click Change URL.
  6. Once a custom URL has been approved, you can't request to change it, so make sure this is the custom URL you want before clicking Confirm choice.

Once you have a custom URL, your audience can reach your channel by using that custom URL (e.g., youtube.com/yourcustomname, which will take viewers to your channel homepage).

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