YouTube terms

Channel Verification

A process that confirms the authenticity of a channel, often marked by a checkmark badge.

What is channel verification in YouTube?

Channel verification on YouTube is a process that confirms the authenticity of a YouTube channel. This is typically indicated by a grey checkmark badge next to a channel's name. Verification does not affect the features or settings of the channel, but it does lend credibility and authenticity to the channel, making it easier for viewers to know that the channel is the official presence of the creator, artist, company, or public figure it represents.

To be eligible for verification, a channel must have at least 100,000 subscribers. However, YouTube reserves the right to verify channels with fewer subscribers if it is a well-known brand or entity. Once a channel is verified, it remains so even if the number of subscribers drops below 100,000, unless the channel changes its name. If a channel changes its name, it will lose its verification and need to go through the process again.

How do I verify my YouTube channel?

Verifying your YouTube channel involves a few simple steps. First, sign in to your YouTube account and click on your profile picture at the top right corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select "Settings". In the settings menu, you will see a section called "Your Account". Under this section, there is an option to "View Additional Features". Click on this and you will be directed to a new page.

On this new page, you will see a "Verify" button next to your profile picture. Click on this button and follow the prompts. You will be asked to provide a phone number where you can receive a verification code either through a text message or a voice call. Once you receive the code, enter it in the provided field and click "Submit". Your YouTube channel is now verified. This process helps to ensure the security of your account and enables additional features.

What are the benefits of verifying a YouTube channel?

Verifying a YouTube channel comes with several benefits that can enhance the user experience and increase the channel's credibility. One of the primary benefits is the ability to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, which can be particularly useful for content creators who produce long-form content. Verification also allows users to customize their channel's thumbnails, providing more control over the visual representation of their content.

Additionally, verification can significantly boost a channel's credibility and authenticity. It assures viewers that the channel is officially recognized by YouTube and is not a fake or duplicate. This can help in building trust with the audience, potentially leading to an increase in subscribers and views. Furthermore, verified channels have access to more features such as live streaming and external annotations, enhancing the overall functionality and interactivity of the channel.

Why is my YouTube channel verification not working?

There could be several reasons why your YouTube channel verification is not working. One of the most common reasons is not meeting the eligibility requirements set by YouTube. To be eligible for verification, your channel must have at least 100,000 subscribers. However, even if you meet this requirement, YouTube also considers other factors such as the authenticity and completeness of your channel.

Another reason could be technical issues. If you're having trouble with the verification process, it could be due to a problem with your internet connection, browser, or YouTube's servers. Make sure you're using a supported browser, clear your browser's cache and cookies, and try again. If the problem persists, it might be worth reaching out to YouTube's support team for assistance.

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