Create or edit channel art

Channel art shows as a banner at the top of your YouTube page. You can use it to brand your channel's identity and give your page a unique look and feel.

Use the guidelines and examples below to set up your design. Keep in mind that channel art looks different on desktop, mobile, and TV displays. 

Add or change channel art

Change your channel art on YouTube's iOS app
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  1. Open the YouTube iOS app and sign in.
  2. In the top right, tap your account icon .
  3. Tap your channel icon on the left.
  4. Tap settings .
  5. Tap the camera .
  6. Decide if you want to Take a photo or Choose from your photos. You'll be taken to your device's camera or photo library.
  7. After you select an image, crop it and tap Save.

Image tips & guidelines 

Get images for channel art

Use saved images

  • Upload an image or photo: You can use an image saved on your computer or mobile device or in Google Photos.
  • Use the YouTube Photo Library: Just select the Gallery tab when asked to upload an image (on a computer only).

Image size & file guidelines

Channel art looks different on desktop, mobile, and TV displays — larger images may be cropped. For the best results on all devices, we recommend uploading one 2560 x 1440 px image.

  • Minimum dimension for upload: 2048 x 1152 px.
  • Minimum safe area for text and logos: 1546 x 423 px. Larger images may get cropped on certain views or devices.
  • Maximum width: 2560 x 423 px. This means that the "safe area" is always visible regardless of screen size. The areas to each side of the channel art are visible or cropped depending on browser size.
  • File size: 6MB or smaller.

If you're not sure about the width and height of an image, download our Channel Art Templates to see how images show on different devices.

How to resize images

You can use your computer's image editor or an online image resizer to resize the images. For example, you can use Preview on an Apple computer or Microsoft Picture Manager on Windows.

See how channel art displays by device

Channel art shows differently across devices, so you should make sure you have an idea of how it will load when you're designing it. Keep in mind that the site will scale to reveal more or less channel art based on your browser window and device.

Click below to see examples of how channel art looks based on a viewer's device.

Set up your channel art across all devices

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Computer display

Minimum width on a computer screen:


Maximum width on a computer screen:

Mobile device display

The "safe area" is scaled down to the width of the mobile screen, which varies by device.

TV display

On TVs, the whole image is displayed as channel art in the background. The aspect ratio is 16:9 (i.e. 2560 x 1440 px).

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