Why sign in to YouTube?

To help you experience all of the benefits of signing in, we’re testing ways to remind people to sign in, including a sign in prompt that shows up when you’re using YouTube. If you see this prompt and don't want to sign in at this time, you can dismiss it. 

Signing in to YouTube with your Google Account can help you find content you like, connect with the YouTube community, and more. Here’s what you get when you sign in:

See more from your favorite channels by subscribing

You can subscribe to channels and choose to get notified when new videos are uploaded. By default, we’ll only send you highlights from the channel.

Create and share playlists

Quickly find and watch your favorite videos by creating a playlist. You can even share it with your friends and invite them to collaborate on it.

Contribute to the community

You can interact with your favorite channels and artists. When signed in, you can comment on videos and posts to let them know what you think of their video, ask questions, and connect with other fans.


You can also help make YouTube better for everyone by using our community tools like report and block.

Optional ways to get even more from YouTube

You can get even more from YouTube with these optional paid services:

Watch privately using Incognito mode

If you don’t want YouTube to remember your activity, you can use Incognito mode. For example, if you watch a video in incognito mode, it won’t change your account’s recommended videos.   


On mobile, you can find incognito in the account menu.  Or you can use the private mode of your favorite web browser. Learn more about incognito mode.

Control your privacy

YouTube is committed to ensuring your privacy.  When signed in, you can access your data in YouTube to see what data is being stored in your account and take advantage of a comprehensive set of privacy settings.

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