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Have you selected your YouTube Handle

Have you selected your YouTube Handle

What is a YouTube handle?

  • A YouTube handle is a new way for people to find you and connect with you. Unlike channel names, handles are unique to each creator, making it easier for you to establish a distinct presence on YouTube.

Handles & channel URLs

  • Your new handle will become a part of your channel URL. In most cases, your personalized URL will become your handle. You can use your handle to direct people to your channel when they’re not on YouTube.
  • For example, if your handle is @user123, your channel URL will be

Where will my handle appear?

  • We’re rolling out handles gradually to all channels over the next few weeks. Once it has been rolled out to all users, your handle will begin appearing in a few places across YouTube, including:
    • The Shorts tab
    • Search results
    • Comments and mentions
  • In some places, we will start showing your handle alongside your channel name, such as your channel page. In the future, you may see your handle shown in even more places across YouTube.

How will I know when I can choose my handle?

  • You’ll get a notification in YouTube Studio once you can choose a handle. We’re rolling out the launch of handles gradually to all channels over the next few weeks.
  • For most channels, if you already have a personalized YouTube URL, it will automatically become your handle. Whether you have a personalized URL or not, you can change your handle or select one once you’re notified

Why can’t I choose my preferred handle?

  • A handle may not be available for several reasons. In most cases, it's either because another channel already selected that handle, or it did not meet our handle selection guidelines. You can select one of the automatically generated handles provided by YouTube or choose another available handle.