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Set your artist avatar

Artists can have many channels on YouTube, such as an owned and operated 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: This is 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 as your default avatar. This avatar will show on all your corresponding channels.

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, so you need to have an artist channel on YouTube to be able to change your avatar across your channels. If you don't have an artist channel that you manage, follow these steps to create a new channel first.

  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. 

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