Create or edit channel art

Note: You can no longer edit your channel icon or channel art on mobile devices. Use a computer to follow the instructions below.

Channel art is shown as a background or 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. See how channel art is displayed on different devices.

Add or change channel art

  1. On a computer, sign in to YouTube.
  2. In the top-right menu, select My Channel.
    • New channel art: Near the top of the screen, click Add channel art.
    • Existing channel art: Hover your cursor over the existing banner and click Edit  and then Edit channel art.
  3. Upload an image or photo from your computer or saved photos. You can also click the Gallery tab to choose an image from the YouTube photo library.
  4. You'll see a preview of how the art will appear across different devices. To make changes, select Adjust the crop.
  5. Click Select.

Watch how to change channel art

You can also learn how to add or change the background of your channel page by watching this video.

Create, find and change channel art on your computer

YouTube banner template and size guidelines

Image size and 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. At this width, 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: 6 MB or smaller.

Channel art template

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 Photos on Windows.

Add social media links to banner

You can add links to your social media sites on your channel banner. 

  1. On a computer, go to your channel and click the About tab. If you're in the new YouTube layout, click Customise channel.
  2. Hover over the 'Links' section, then click edit .
  3. Click the +Add button. 
  4. Enter the title and URL of the site that you want to link to. You can add up to five links.
  5. Click Done

Links that you add here are featured just below your description and use the icon from the corresponding social media network when displayed.

See how channel art displays by device

Channel art shows differently across devices. Get an idea of how it will load on different devices when you're designing your channel art. Bear in mind that the site will scale to reveal more or less channel art based on your browser window and 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).

Computer

Minimum width on a computer screen:

Maximum width on a computer screen:

Mobile device

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

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