Friends on YouTube

YouTube Friends are people with whom you can message videos and chat privately on the YouTube app. People only become friends after an invitation is sent by one person and accepted by the other. You can add friends to YouTube in three ways:   

  • Sharing videos via message on YouTube, in-app or on
  • Inviting friends directly in-app or on
  • Accepting another user’s invitation  

Add contacts

  1. Go to the Activity tab Notifications.
  2. Tap Shared.
  3. Select View contacts.
  4. Tap Add contacts.
  5. Choose how you’d like to add contacts.

The recipient must accept your invitation before you can share videos with them. Recipients need the YouTube mobile app and a Google Account to accept your invitation. Invitation links expire after 72 hours if not accepted.

View & manage contacts list

  1. Go to the Activity tab Notifications.
  2. Tap Shared. 
  3. Select View contacts.
  4. Tap on any contact to view their channel, remove them from your contacts, or block them.

Manage suggestions for people you may know

When you share a video, people you may know may appear as suggestions based on your usage of YouTube and other Google products. When you share a video with a contact in the "You may know" section, they will need to accept your invitation before they can view the shared video. 
Note that when you view a message, others in the chat will be able to see that you've viewed it. You'll also see when others have viewed a chat message you've sent — the note "Seen" or "Seen by <Contact name>" will show in the chat. 
To remove the "You may know" section from the Activity tab Notifications, tap X at the top of the section.

Receive invitations

If you are invited to connect on YouTube, you'll receive a notification that someone wants to start sharing videos with you. You can:
  • Accept the invitation to become contacts with that user on YouTube. 
  • If you don't want the person to share or chat with you, you can tap Cancel to ignore the invitation.
  • If you don't accept an invitation for a day or more, you'll see a reminder notification in the Activity tab Notifications. To opt out, you can manage your YouTube notifications.

When you open an invitation link on a computer or in a mobile browser, you'll receive a notification directing you to use the YouTube app, where contacts are supported.

 Also in Block contacts.

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