Subscribe to channels

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You can subscribe to channels you like to see more content from those channels. You can find a Subscribe button under any YouTube video or on a channel's page. Once you subscribe to a channel, any new videos it publishes will show up in your Subscriptions feed.

You may also start getting notifications when a channel you subscribe to publishes new content. By default, we’ll only send you the highlights from the channel. Learn how to manage your notifications.

Getting started | How to subscribe to a YouTube channel and why

Subscribe to a channel

  1. On a computer, sign in to YouTube.

  2. Go to a video whose channel you want to subscribe to.

  3. Under the video player, click Subscribe .

Once you subscribe to a channel, you’ll see a list of recommended channels on your screen. These are based on related channels that you are not already subscribed to. You can always view a channel’s content before subscribing.

When you subscribe to a channel we’ll automatically send you notifications about only the highlights from that channel. You can opt to get a notification every time the channel publishes content by changing your notification settings
Note that if you unsubscribe and then re-subscribe to a channel, your notification settings will be reset.

To unsubscribe from a channel, follow the same instructions for subscribing to a channel. Instead of tapping Subscribe, tap Subscribed. A notification confirming that you have unsubscribed from the channel will appear at the bottom of your screen.

If you are experiencing an issue where third party extensions are subscribing you to channels, learn more.

Manage your subscriptions

Find channels to subscribe to

YouTube surfaces videos and channels we think you’ll like on the Home tab and after you watch a video We recommend these videos based on what you’ve watched and what is trending.  

If you don’t like what we recommend, you can let us know that you’re not interested.

  • Browse by category: If you want to see channels about a particular subject, like music, sports, comedy, or games, go to Browse channels to see popular channels across different categories.
  • Do a search: Try searching your interests on YouTube. You can then use a filter on your search results to show channels relevant to what you searched. 

See your subscriptions

When you subscribe to a channel, you'll see new videos in your Subscriptions feed. The Home feed may also show videos from your subscriptions, along with recommendations for channels or videos you may be interested in.

If you unsubscribe and then re-subscribe to a channel, your notification settings will be reset to the personalized state. If you'd like to receive a notification for every upload, make sure to turn on all notifications.

To get to your Subscriptions and What to Watch, follow these instructions:

  1. Sign in to YouTube. 
  2. In the Guide, click Subscriptions.
  3. Click Grid view  or List view to see your subs in a grid or a list.

Troubleshoot a problem with your subscriptions 

Subscription limits

If you see an error message that says "Too many subscriptions," you've reached your subscription limit. You can only subscribe to 75 channels per day.

In general, you can subscribe to a maximum of 2,000 channels. However, your subscription limit grows as your YouTube channel does — it's tied to the number of subscribers your channel has or how long your account has existed, so your exact limits may change over time.

We recommend capping your account to 5,000 channel subscriptions to ensure the subscriptions feed and channel list provide the best experience.

Third party extensions subscribing you to channels without your permission

If you see notifications for videos and channels that you don't remember subscribing to, or if you see notifications for videos and channels that you have unsubscribed from, it might be that a browser extension has subscribed you to channels without your permission. Learn more about how to control browser extensions.

Difference between Notifications and Subscriptions Feed

Subscriptions feed, available on both mobile and a computer, will show all recently uploaded videos from your subscriptions.

Notifications tell you when there are new videos and updates from your subscriptions. We’ll send emails, notifications on mobile, or inbox notifications on your computer. When you subscribe to a channel, you’ll automatically get personalized notifications with highlights of activity.

To get all notifications from a subscribed channel, tap the Notification bell  . The bell will then change to a ringing bell  to indicate that you've selected all notifications.

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