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How to Update Your YouTube Channel Name and Profile Picture Without Changing Your Google Account Info

Published: July 2, 2021

How to Update Your YouTube Channel Name and Profile Picture

Establishing a recognizable brand on YouTube significantly hinges on your channel name and profile picture. These elements are prominently displayed on your channel homepage, during video playback, and appear next to any public interaction you make. This post is dedicated to guiding you through the steps to freshen up your YouTube presence by updating these critical aspects, all the while keeping your Google Account information intact.

How to Change Your YouTube Channel Name

For those looking to rename their channel via desktop, the process begins with a visit to YouTube Studio. Once there, click on the Customization tab, proceed to Basic Info and select the Edit icon. At this point, you’re able to type in your new channel name. Don’t forget to hit Publish to confirm the change.

Mobile users can achieve the same result by tapping on their profile picture, selecting ‘Your Channel’, and then ‘Edit Channel.’ Here, tap the Edit icon next to your channel name, enter your new name, and confirm by tapping OK.

Be aware that channel name changes aren’t instantaneous. It may take a few days for the new name to permeate all corners of YouTube. Also, changing your channel name will lead to the loss of your verification badge, if you have one, necessitating reapplication to regain verified status.

How to Update Your YouTube Profile Picture

Desktop users wanting to update their profile image should go to YouTube Studio and then to Customization. Within the Branding section, it’s possible to upload a new image that adheres to certain specifications: file types like JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, a minimum size of 98 x 98 pixels (with 800 x 800 pixels preferred), and a maximum size limit of 4 MB.

On mobile devices: begin by tapping ‘Your Channel’ after clicking on your profile picture; proceed with ‘Edit Channel,’ then either choose a pre-existing image or capture a new one that meets the size and format criteria. Make sure to save your selection.

Patience is required as the update or change may need some time to be visible across YouTube’s various platforms. Moreover, any changes to your channel name or profile picture must be in line with the YouTube Community Guidelines.

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