Secure your YouTube account

Starting 1 November 2021, monetising creators must turn on 2-Step Verification on the Google Account used for their YouTube channel to access YouTube Studio or YouTube Studio Content Manager. Learn more

Securing your YouTube account helps prevent your account or channel from being hacked, hijacked or compromised.

Note: If you think that your account has been hacked, learn how to secure it.

Secure Your YouTube Account

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Create a strong password and keep it safe

Create a strong password

A strong password helps you keep your personal information safe and prevents someone else from getting into your account.

Create a strong and complex password: Use 8 characters or more. It can be any combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

Make your password unique: Do not use your YouTube account password on other sites. If another site gets hacked, the password could be used to enter your YouTube account.

Avoid personal information and common words: Do not use personal information like your birthdays, common words like 'password' or common patterns like '1234'.

Protect your password from hackers

Get notified when you enter your password on a non-Google site by turning on Password Alert for Chrome. For example, you'll be notified if you enter your password on a site that impersonates Google, and then you can change your YouTube account password.

Manage your passwords

A password manager can help you create and manage strong, unique passwords. Try using Chrome's or another trusted password manager.
Tip: To find out if any passwords saved in your Google Account may be exposed, are weak or are reused for multiple accounts, use Password Checkup.

Never share your sign-in info

Never give out your passwords. YouTube will never ask for your password in an email, message or phone call. YouTube will never send a form asking for personal information such as identity numbers, financial data or passwords.

Do a regular security check-up

Go to the Security Check-Up page to get personalised security recommendations for your account and follow these tips to make your account more secure.

Add or update account recovery options

Your recovery phone number and email address can be used to:
  • Block someone from using your account without your permission
  • Alert you if there's suspicious activity on your account
  • Recover your account if you're ever locked out

Turn on 2-step Verification

2-Step Verification helps prevent a hacker from getting into your account, even if they steal your password. Here are your options:
Security keys are a stronger verification option because they help prevent phishing techniques that use text message codes.
Turn on 2-Step Verification for your account.

Remove suspicious people from your account

If you don't recognise the people managing your account, your account may have been hacked, and someone is verifying ownership of your account to gain something. You can change or remove people depending on your account type.

Remove sites and apps you don't need

To protect your YouTube account, avoid installing unknown apps or apps from unknown sources. Manage and remove any apps that you don't need from your connected accounts.

Update your software and back up your account

If your browser, operating system or apps are out of date, the software might not be safe from hackers. Keep your software updated and back up your account regularly.

Protect against suspicious messages and content

Phishing is when a hacker disguises themself as someone trustworthy to take personal information. Personal information can include:

  • Financial data
  • National ID/National Insurance number
  • Credit card numbers

Hackers may use emails, text messages or web pages to pretend to be institutions, family members or colleagues.

YouTube will never ask you for your password, email address or other account information. Don't be fooled if someone gets in touch with you pretending to be from YouTube.

Avoid suspicious requests
  • Don't reply to suspicious emails, texts, instant messages, webpages or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial info.
  • Don't click links in emails, messages, webpages or pop-ups from untrustworthy websites or senders.
  • YouTube emails only come from or addresses.

check for minor misspellings in email addresses

An example of a suspicious phishing email

Avoid suspicious web pages

Google Chrome and Search are designed to warn you about suspicious content and unwanted software.
Learn how to manage these warnings in Chrome and Search.

Report spam or phishing

To protect yourself against phishing, never enter your password on any page except If you find videos on YouTube that you think might be spam or phishing, please flag them for review by the YouTube team. For more information on spam and phishing, please visit the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Tip: Learn more about phishing with our phishing quiz.

Set and check permissions on your channel

If you're a creator, you can invite someone else to manage your YouTube channel without giving access to your Google Account. Invite someone to access your channel as a:

  • Manager: Can add or remove others and edit channel details.
  • Editor: Can edit all channel details.
  • Viewer: Can view (but not edit) all channel details.
  • Viewer (limited): Can view (but not edit) all channel details except revenue information.

Learn how to set and check your channel permissions.

Note: If you have a Brand Account, you can invite someone to manage your Google Account and your YouTube channel. Check if you have a Brand Account and learn how to manage Brand Account permissions.

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