How to Create a Custom Channel YouTube Username and Channel Title

by Michael

Recently YouTube has made some changes on how new channels are created and the focus seems to be more on the person than the brand. Since they have integrated Google+ in all their services; when you create a new Google Account, a Google+ Profile is automatically created and the YouTube account’s username is your first name and last name.

Changing the YouTube username and Channel name does not seem to be an obvious step at first but it is possible. What you have to do is unlink your Google+ and YouTube account. Once that is done, then you can have a unique YouTube username (probably keyword rich), a unique image and a unique channel title.

Switching to a YouTube username

If you’ve created a Channel using your Google+ profile and would like to switch from using your Google+ identity to a traditional YouTube username, you can do this from your YouTube account settings.

  1. Click on your name/email in the upper right of the screen to open your account options.
  2. Under the YouTube section on the left, click YouTube settings
  3. In the Account Information area, click the Advanced link, found under your email address
  4. Under Channel Settings, click Rename channel

You’ll then be able to enter a YouTube username. Remember that your YouTube username must be unique; you can’t choose a username that someone’s already created.

Check the box that says “I understand that my channel will be renamed.” and then click the Create Username button. Your identity and Channel URL will be updated to reflect your new username.


Questions? Leave them in the comments below.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Usuff June 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

Excellent information. I was having trouble naming a new channel recently and was perplexed as to why I was having the problem when I never did before. Thanks.


Deepak September 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

You are welcome. Glad that you found the post useful!


Jack September 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Can you have multiple Youtube usernames with a Google + account? I get the impression from your Blog post that you can’t, but just wanted to clarify as I have more than one website.

Thanks in advance.


Deepak September 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

You can’t. You need to create separate Google accounts for each. There is no limit to it though.


Jack September 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Deepak, sounds like I need to get busy and put aside an hour or two to get separate accounts sorted out.

I imagine a link from Youtube is good for SEO, so I really need to pull my finger out as I assume I am losing decent page rank.?


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