Choosing your YouTube Handle
You can now choose your channel’s personalized handle on YouTube. This is a new way for people to find and connect with you on YouTube. This is different than a channel name, as those do not have to be unique to each creator. Handles can only be chosen by one user and are unique to them to establish a distinct presence on YouTube.
In most cases, if you already have a personalized URL for your channel, it is reserved as your handle. If you’re happy with that handle then you’re all set. If you want a different handle from the one that's been reserved, you can change it. If you don’t already have a personalized URL, you’ll also be able to choose a handle. For example, if your handle is @user123, your channel URL will be https://youtube.com/@user123.
Remember, handles are unique to each channel, so once a handle has been chosen, it can’t be selected by anyone else. In the future, your handle will be how people mention you in comments, Community posts, and more.
A YouTube handle is a new, personalized way for people to find and connect with each other. Handles are unique to each creator, creating less confusion on the platform.
YouTube Handles are gradually being rolled out to all channels. Eventually, your handle will begin appearing in a few places across YouTube, including:
- The Shorts tab
- Search results
- Comments and mentions
In the future, you may see your handle shown in even more places across YouTube.
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