Add or remove access to your YouTube channel with channel permissions

If you have a Brand Account, switch to channel permissions to add or remove access to your YouTube channel instead.  Learn how to migrate to channel permissions.

With channel permissions, you can grant other people access to your channel data, tools and features in YouTube and YouTube Studio, with five different levels of access. Multiple people can manage your channel without having access to your Google Account. They can manage your channel on YouTube directly or in YouTube Studio, on a computer or mobile device. Granting permissions to someone:

  • Is safer than sharing your password or other sensitive sign-in info.
  • Allows you to specify their access level so that you can have more control over who can view or update your channel.

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Channel permissions role types

Role

Supported

Not supported

Owner

Can do everything on all platforms, including:

  • Delete the channel
  • Manage live streams and live chat
  • Manage permissions
  • Can link Google Ads accounts
  • Can't transfer ownership to other users

Manager

  • Can view all channel data
  • Can manage permissions (in YouTube Studio)
  • Can edit channel details
  • Can manage live streams
  • Can create, upload, publish and delete content (includes drafts)
  • Can chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can create posts
  • Can comment
  • Can link Google Ads accounts
  • Can't delete channel

Editor

  • Can view all channel data
  • Can edit everything
  • Can upload and publish content
  • Can manage live streams
  • Can delete drafts
  • Can chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can create posts
  • Can comment
  • Can link Google Ads accounts
  • Can't delete channel or published content
  • Can't manage permissions
  • Can't enter into contracts
  • Can't delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can't delete or reset stream keys

Editor (limited)

  • Same permissions as Editor
  • Same limitations as Editor
  • Can't access revenue data (includes chat revenue and the viewer activity tab)
Subtitle Editor
  • Can add, edit, publish and delete subtitles on eligible videos
  • Same limitations as Editor
  • Can't edit anything (except video subtitles)
  • Can't access revenue data (includes chat revenue and the viewer activity tab)
  • Can't upload and publish content (except video subtitles)
  • Can't manage live streams
  • Can't delete drafts
  • Can't chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can't manage live streams
  • Can't delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can't chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can't view all channel data

Viewer

  • Can view (but not edit) all channel details
  • Can create and edit YouTube Analytics groups
  • Can view revenue data (including chat revenue and the viewer activity tab)
  • Can view/monitor created streams, pre-live and while live
  • Can view all stream settings except the stream key
  • Can't manage live streams
  • Can't delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can't chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room

Viewer (limited)

  • Same permissions as Viewer
  • Same limitations as Viewer
  • Can't access revenue data (includes chat revenue and the viewer activity tab)

Supported actions

Note: Some actions may not be available at all when acting as a delegate.
Category Access level/public actions YT Studio on a computer YT Studio app YouTube
Granular permission control Manager role
Editor role
Editor (limited) role
Viewer-only role
Viewer (limited) role
Viewer-only role
Video management Upload videos/Shorts
Create Shorts
Understand video performance in YouTube Analytics or Artist Analytics
Manage videos (metadata, monetisation, visibility)
Create a playlist
Add a video to an existing public playlist
Manage playlists
Live stream as the channel
Captions, private video sharing
Channel management Customise/manage the channel homepage
Community engagement Create a post
Manage Community posts, including deleting posts
Delete Community posts [Manager only] [Manager only]
Reply to comments as the channel from YouTube Studio
Comment and interact with comments on another channel's videos as the channel
Use live chat as the channel
Artists specific Official Artist Channel features (e.g. concerts)
Use the Releases tab [Owners, Managers, Editors and Editors (limited)]

Public vs private activity on YouTube

While acting as a delegate for a channel directly on YouTube, there's a distinction between public and private actions.

  • Public actions: Delegates can perform these actions for the channel owner and the action will be attributed to the channel.
    • Public actions are listed in the table above.
  • Private actions: Delegates perform these actions as their personal account with which they are signed in.
    • Private actions include searching, watching videos and purchases. Learn more.

Visual indicators will help delegate users to know how the action is attributed.

Grant access to your channel using permissions

If you have a Brand Account, you must first migrate to channel permissions.

Add access on a computer

  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 from the table below.
  6. Click Done.
    • Once an invitation has been sent, it will expire after 30 days.

Remove access to your channel

  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 YouTube just yet. Even though the Owner can access these features, invited users can't access:

  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube Kids app
  • YouTube APIs

Private actions on YouTube

Below are actions that are considered private and would be associated with a delegate's personal account:

Video management

Community engagement

  • Liking, disliking or voting on a post.

Curation/consumption

  • Searching for content or accessing search history.
  • Watching a video or accessing watch history.
  • Blocking users on the channel.
  • Viewing subscriptions.
  • Purchases (e.g. films and shows, Premium).
  • Purchase history.

Find channel owner details

Find the channel owner's name and email on a computer

If you manage a channel, you can find out the channel owner's name and email address. You may need this info, 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 emails 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.

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