Add or remove access to your YouTube channel

If you have a brand account, you can now use channel permissions to add or remove access to your YouTube channel instead. Note that Brand Accounts using channel permissions, including owners, temporarily can't use Live Control Room. Learn more.

You can have multiple people manage your channel without giving them access to your Google Account. Inviting someone to manage your channel:

  • is safer than sharing your password.
  • lets you give only the amount of access they need.
  • is less confusing by making the user comment or view videos on YouTube with their own channel.
Limitations

Right now, people that you've invited to manage your channel:

  • can only manage your channel in YouTube Studio on computer or partially on mobile.
  • can't manage via YouTube.com or YouTube APIs.
  • can't do certain actions in YouTube Studio (See the table below).
Note: Channel permissions are still in development, so check back here to see if new features are supported. 

Category

Feature

YT Studio permissions

YT Studio mobile availability

Granular permission control

Viewer only role 

Viewer (limited) role

Editor (limited) role

Video management

Upload videos

Understand the video's performance in YouTube Analytics or Artist Analytics

Manage videos (metadata, monetisation, visibility)

Add a video to a playlist/create a playlist

 [add a video to a playlist]

Manage playlist order

Live stream as the channel

Classic features: captions, private video-sharing

Channel management

Customise/manage the channel homepage (excluding custom URL management and changing channel title)

Community engagement

Create a post

Manage Community posts, including deleting posts

Reply to comments as the channel from YouTube Studio

Comment on another channel's videos as the channel

Create a story

Artists specific

Official Artist Channel features (for example, concerts)

Channel Permissions in YouTube Studio: Invite People to Help Manage Your Channel

To add access: 

  1. Go to studio.youtube.com
  2. On the left-hand side, click Settings.
  3. Click Permissions.
  4. Click Invite and enter the email address of the person who you'd like to invite. 
  5. Click Access and select the role that you'd like to assign to this person:
     

    Role

    Supported

    Not supported

    Owner

    Can do everything on all platforms, including: 
    • Delete the channel
    • Manage permissions
    • Can't transfer ownership to other users

    Manager

    • Can view all channel data 
    • Can manage permissions
    • Can edit channel details
    • Can create, upload, publish and delete content (includes drafts)
    • Can't delete channel

    Editor

    • Can view all channel data
    • Can edit everything
    • Can upload and publish content
    • Can delete drafts
    • Can't delete channel or published content
    • Can't manage permissions
    • Can't enter into contracts

    Editor (limited)

    • Same permissions as Editor
    • Can't delete channel or published content
    • Can't manage permissions
    • Can't enter into contracts
    • Can't access revenue data (includes chat revenue and viewer activity tab)

    Viewer

    • Can view (but not edit) all channel details
    • Can create and edit YouTube Analytics groups
    • Can view revenue data (includes chat revenue and Viewer activity tab)

     

    Viewer (limited)

    • Same permissions as Viewer
    • Can't access revenue data (includes chat revenue and viewer activity tab)
  6. Click Save

To remove or change access:

  1. Go to studio.youtube.com.
  2. On the left-hand side, click Settings.
  3. Click Permissions.
  4. Go to the person that you'd like to remove and click the down arrow.
  5. Select a new role or click Remove access.

Note: Channel permissions don't support some parts of Studio just yet. Even though the owner can access these features, invited users can't access:

  • Features that aren't built into Studio, like Community post creation.
  • Parts of Studio Mobile, like commenting and playlist editing.
  • YouTube.com, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids app or YouTube APIs.

We plan on supporting these in the future.

To find the channel owner's name and email:

If you manage a channel, you can find out the channel owner's name and email address. You may need this information, for example, to ask them to verify a phone number for their channel to get access to certain features.

Note: Only managers and the owner can see the names and email addresses of people that have access to a channel.
  1. Go to studio.youtube.com.
  2. Click Settings and then Permissions.
  3. You'll see the names and email addresses of everyone that has access to this channel. Make note of the owner's info.
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