What are YouTube Handles?

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YouTube are soon to be converting to the world of handles to be joining with most other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

It’s a great security method; a unique username could help ease the growing number of scams taking places from those pretending to be high profile users in places like comments sections.

So, YouTube Handles will show in various places across the video platform, including channel homepages, search results, Shorts feed, comments, community posts and more. You can also tag other YouTube users in comments and in other videos.

You can find out more on YouTube handles by heading to YouTube Creator’s video:

YouTube Handles must follow a number of criteria:

– Between 3 and 30 characters
– Alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 1-9), underscores, hyphens, full stops
– Not URL-like or phone number-like
– No violent, offensive, sexualised or spammy handles
– Follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines

Previously, personalised URLs were only available to users with over 100 subscribers; this requirement will be removed for YouTube handles and they’ll be handed out to users in the coming weeks. You should be notified of this in the YouTube Studio app and by email when it’s your time to choose your handle, so keep your eye out.

If you didn’t choose a handle before 14 November 2022, YouTube will automatically assign you one based on your channel name. Don’t panic though, as you can change your handle at any time!

Your Handle will create a matching URL in the following format: youtube.com/@example. YouTube recommend updating your social profiles and website to link to your new URL, although existing personalized URLs (/c/example, /user/example) will continue to work.

If you have any further queries, feel free to get in touch with us!

See also:
How do I change or update my YouTube banner?
What are YouTube Shorts?
How can I get a YouTube Official Artist Channel (OAC)?

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