YouTube Handles: What Is It & How To Get It? A Complete Guide

YouTube Handles

Attention guys! Do you know the latest update about YouTube? Well, if not, let me tell you YouTube has rolled out its new feature, YouTube Handles. Wondering, what is it? Don’t worry we’ll tell you everything you need to know about it. Keep Reading!

YouTube has emerged as a great earning platform over the course of years. Nowadays, every other person has a YouTube channel under their name. This has actually enhanced YouTube’s traffic. And now YouTube is leaving no stone unturned to keep it that way. Keeping this in mind, YouTube has rolled out a new feature, YouTube Handles, a new way for creators to identify their channel with an @username format in order to interact with their viewers.

If you want to know more about YouTube Handles like how to create YouTube Handles and what is its requirements? What are its perks? Here is a complete guide to provide you with all the necessary information about it. Let’s get started. Shall we?

What Is YouTube Handles?

YouTube Handles is a new way for creators to identify their channel with a @username format in order to interact with their viewers across different features within YouTube like YouTube Shorts, channel pages, video descriptions, comments, and others.

YouTube says the new handles will appear on both channel pages and Shorts, making them “instantly and consistently recognizable” across the platform. Everyone on YouTube will have access to these YouTube Handles. In order to claim your own distinctive @handle, you are not required to be a creator with a minimum number of subscribers or views.

YouTube did not have Handles and @username on its platform earlier, despite being so common. If you’ve had to engage in any live or discussion, you’d have to reply to another YouTube user’s comment in order to tag them. Now, with YouTube Handles, you can @mention others in the comments, community posts, video descriptions, and elsewhere.

It’s a great way for YouTubers to establish a distinct presence for themselves on the platform as these YouTube Handles are unique and don’t replace the channel name itself.

How To Create YouTube Handles?

Update YouTube > Sign in > Profile picture > Settings > Advanced settings > Channel’s user and channel IDs > YouTube Handle in @username format.

YouTube itself creates your YouTube Handles. You don’t need to create a YouTube Handle separately. Every YouTuber has a channel ID with a unique URL, if the channel already had a personalized URL used for a similar purpose, that URL will automatically redirect to the new handle-based URL.

If you want to check out your YouTube Handle, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Make sure your YouTube is updated. 

Step 2: After that, Sign in to YouTube.

Step 3: Then click your profile picture in the top right and Go to Settings.

Step 4: From the left menu, select Advanced settings.

Step 5: You’ll see your channel’s user and channel IDs.

Step 6: Along with the channel’s user and channel IDs, you’ll see your YouTube Handle in @username format under your channel name.

If you are not able to access this recent feature, Don’t worry, go to YouTube for recent updates and wait till YouTube Handles roll out in your region.

After the creation of a handle, YouTube will also generate a corresponding URL of the format, allowing the creator to promote their handle elsewhere on the internet or in other media.

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Requirements For YouTube Handles:

The Requirement criteria for YouTube Handles are:

  1. Minimum 100 subscribers
  2. Active YouTube Channel
  3. Unique Channel ID

The Recent YouTube Handles are not accessible to everyone right now. The timing of the release of handles has been planned in a way so that established creators would be the first to use the feature based on the creator’s overall YouTube presence, subscriber count, channel reach, etc.

When a creator is given the option to choose their own YouTube Handle is something that only YouTube will decide.

Everyone on YouTube will be allowed to use these YouTube handles eventually and you don’t have to be a big creator with a lot of subscribers to do so.

Benefits Of YouTube Handle:

  1. Take Down Fake YouTube channels.
  2. Protect Authentic Users from having their channel name staked by someone else.
  3. Allow creators to establish a distinct presence for themselves on the platform.
  4. To increase the authenticity of the YouTube Platform.
  5. Tag and @mention others in the comments, community posts, and video descriptions easily.
  6. Search the specific channel easily.

These are the perks and benefits of YouTube Handle.

How To Change YouTube Handle?

Sign In to YouTube Studio >  Select Customization > Select Basic info > Select custom YouTube Handle > Change > Confirm.

According to YouTube, channels that already have a customized URL will have that become their default YouTube Handle until they opt to change it.

If you’ve had your channel for a while, there’s a good possibility that it qualifies for a custom YouTube Handle, which you can obtain in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Sign In to YouTube Studio.

Step 2: Select Customization from the left navigation menu, and then select Basic info.

Step 3: Under the YouTube Handle, select the option to Set a custom YouTube Handle for your channel.

Step 4: Now, change your YouTube Handle or @username. 

Step 5: Tap Confirm.

Remember, you can only change YouTube Handles 3 times a year specifically after 90 days.

Not everyone can change their YouTube Handle, only established creators with some reach can do it.

Will YouTube Handles Affect Already Verified YouTubers?

NO! The YouTube Handles will not affect the already verified (blue tick) YouTubers.

A lot of creators are worried that if they change their YouTube Handle, the blue tick on their channels that qualifies them as verified channels, will be removed and they’ll lose their subscribers.

To clear out this confusion, let me tell you that, the blue tick on your channel will be retained and changing your YouTube Handle will not have any effect on your verified channel. It will remain the same. So, there is no need to worry.

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With the new feature, YouTube Handles, YouTubers are able to establish a distinct presence for themselves on the platform, just like on Twitter and Instagram. Here is everything you need to know about YouTube Handles. In case of any query or doubt, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “YouTube Handles: What Is It & How To Get It? A Complete Guide”

  1. Very useful article thanks Abhilasha keep us update , i use to read your every article they are always informative… thanks !! ❤️

    1. Abhilasha Sharma

      Hey Gurdeep, we are glad that you liked the post. Do share the post with your friends and keep visiting Deasilex for more how-to related queries and updates.

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