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Manage your channel icon

Your channel icon shows over your channel art banner. It's the icon that shows for your videos and channel on YouTube watch pages and to other users.

The default icon for your channel is the image associated with your Google Account. This image is visible in the upper right-hand corner of the page when you're logged into YouTube and other Google services. If you’d like to change this image, you can modify it in your Google Account settings.

Channel icon specs

Use these recommended guidelines when creating a new channel icon. Do not upload pictures containing celebrities, nudity, artwork, or copyrighted images since this violates our Community Guidelines.

  • JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG file (no animated GIFs)
  • 800 X 800 px image (recommended)
  • Square or round image that renders at 98 X 98 px

Edit & update channel icon

You can choose to upload a new image, use a still frame from one of your uploaded videos, or use your default image.

Computer
Subscribe to the YouTube Help channel for video tips, tricks, and how-to's.
  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. On the left, select My Channel.
  3. Hover over your existing channel icon in the top left of your channel art banner.
  4. Click the edit icon .
  5. Click Edit and follow the on-screen instructions to select the new image.
Android
Subscribe to the YouTube Help channel for video tips, tricks, and how-to's.
  1. Open the YouTube Android app and sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Tap the account icon .
  3. Tap your channel icon.
  4. On your channel art banner, tap the camera icon .
  5. Select Choose from your photos. You'll be taken to your device's photo library to select an image.
  6. After you select an image, crop it and tap Save.
iOS
Subscribe to the YouTube Help channel for video tips, tricks, and how-to's.
  1. Open the YouTube iOS app and sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Tap the account icon .
  3. Tap your channel icon.
  4. Next to your name, tap the settings icon .
  5. Tap the camera icon and choose to:
    • Take a photo: Take a new photo. You may be prompted to allow YouTube to access your device's camera first.
    • Choose from your photos: You'll be taken to your device's photo library to select an image.

If you haven't allowed the camera to access your device's photos in the past, then you need to opt in before you can use a photo from your device's photo library. Go to your iOS device's Settings app. Tap Privacy > Photos. Next to YouTube, tap the slider to opt in.

Channel icon display on different devices

Computer

The channel icon on desktop appears as a square image in the upper left corner of the channel art.

Android

The channel icon on android appears as a rounded image in the bottom left corner of the channel art.

iOS

The channel icon on iOS appears as a square image below the channel art.

 
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