Your newly chosen handle will be included in the URL of your channel. Your own URL will, in almost all circumstances, serve as your handle. People can be directed to your channel even when they are not logged into their YouTube accounts by using your handle.
If your handle is @user123, for instance, your channel’s URL will be https://youtube.com/@user123.
When will my handle start showing up where?
In the coming weeks, YouTube will be gradually distributing channel handles across all available channels. When the feature has been made available to all users, your handle will start showing up in a number of different locations across YouTube, including the following:
• The tab titled “Shorts”
• The results of the search
• Individuals’ remarks and citations
Your channel’s page, for example, will be one of the locations where we will begin displaying your handle alongside your channel name. It’s possible that in the future, your handle may be shown in even more locations all throughout YouTube. Learn more about handles.
How long till I get to pick my own handle?
Once you are able to select a handle, YouTube Studio will notify you. Over the next several weeks, YouTube will gradually roll out the rollout of handles across all media.
If you have a custom YouTube URL, it will be your channel’s handle by default. In any case, after you’ve been alerted, you’ll be able to go in and make the necessary changes to your handle or choose a new one altogether. Master the art of using handles.
When will I be able to pick my own username?
There are a few potential causes when a username is unavailable. Usually, it’s because another channel has already claimed that handle or has that username, or it doesn’t adhere to our criteria for handle claims. YouTube will suggest a few possible handles for you to use, but you are free to choose whatever handle you like. Master the art of using handles.
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