Send and receive private messages

Use Messages to send private messages to other members of the YouTube community. You can find the messages page by clicking Messages in the “Community” section of the sidebar in Creator Studio or by navigating directly to The messages system utilizes Google+ messaging so your channel must be connected with a Google+ in order to use this feature. Learn more about connecting your channel with Google+.

Sending private messages

To send a private message to another person on YouTube, you’ll need to visit their channel’s “About” tab:

  1. Visit the channel of the person you want to contact (you can click their channel name beneath one of their videos)
  2. Click About
  3. Click the Send message button
  4. Type in your private message and click Send
Note: if a channel isn't connected to Google+, it won't be able to receive private messages. The Send Message button won't appear on the channel.

Reading private messages

To read private messages that you’ve received visit the Messages page. You can find this section under “Community” or visit

If you’d like to receive an email notification when somebody sends you a message you can set this preference in your Google+ settings.

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