Set your artist avatar

As an artist, you can have many channels on YouTube including a channel you own and operate channel or a VEVO channel. To give artists consistent branding, the image you upload for your official channel avatar is also the avatar for your other YouTube channels and profiles.

What shows as your avatar

Your official channel avatar is also the avatar for your other YouTube channels and profiles. What you have set as your official channel depends on the types of channels you have:

  • Owned and operated channel: Your default official channel. This avatar will show on all your corresponding channels.
  • VEVO channel: If you don't have an owned and operated channel, the image from your VEVO channel is your default avatar. This avatar will show on all your corresponding channels.
Note: If you don't have an owned and operated channel or VEVO channel, the avatar that's automatically been chosen for you will remain as your image.

Update your avatar

Before you start: The channel image from your owned and operated channel is your default avatar. You'll need an Official Artist Channel to change your avatar across your channels. If you don't have an Official Artist Channel, contact your label or distributor.

Once your OAC is active, follow these steps to update your artist image:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Follow the steps to change your channel's icon. Images should be in JPG, GIF, or PNG format with a 1:1 aspect ratio and 800 x 800px resolution.

The update to your avatar across channels may take longer than 24 hours to process.

Have questions about your channel banner? Learn how to change your Official Artist Channel banner for YouTube Music and YouTube on TV.

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