How to Create a YouTube Account

Introduction

Share your videos and comment on other people's videos with a YouTube account. Use a Google account to sign up for a YouTube account, subscribe to channels, leave comments, upload videos and create your own YouTube channel.

Create a YouTube Account

Step 1: Go to the YouTube website and click the Sign in button in the upper right corner.

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Step 2: Click Create an account if you don't have a Google account.

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Tip

If you already have a Google account, you don't have to create a new account, but can simply sign in and use YouTube.

Step 3: Fill out the form with your personal information and the username and password you want to register for your Google account.

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Step 4: Fill out the CAPTCHA text box, check the box to agree to Google's terms of service and click Next Step to finish the registration.

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Step 5: Note that you now have a Google account with which to sign into YouTube.

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Warning

If you delete your Google account, you lose your YouTube account and all data stored on it.

Step 6: Go to the YouTube Sign in page and sign in with your new account. Click the Sign in button.

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Start a Channel and Upload a Video

Step 1: Click the menu button in the upper left corner and choose My Channel from the sidebar to create your own channel.

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Tip

Subscribe to your favorite channels by clicking Add Channels in the Subscriptions section from the sidebar.

Step 2: Click OK to confirm the new creation of your new YouTube channel.

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Step 3: Type status updates in the Share your thoughts text box under the Home tab.

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Step 4: Click the Upload button in the upper-right corner to choose a video file to upload and share on your channel.

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Step 5: Click the up arrow to choose video files from your computer. Click Public if you want to change who can view the video; choose Unlisted or Private.

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Tip

Drag your video file to this page as an alternative way of uploading.

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