Social Media YouTube How to Make a YouTube Channel Become the next viral internet star by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on October 13, 2020 YouTube Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email YouTube is an excellent platform for showcasing your work, sharing things about yourself, and connecting with an audience. Making a YouTube channel is similar to creating a social networking profile, but instead of featuring status updates and photos, your channel will feature videos. How to Create a YouTube Channel Figuring out how to set up a YouTube channel is easy when you know the necessary steps. Once you have your channel ready, you can customize it and start uploading videos. Navigate to YouTube.com and select the Sign In button in the top right corner to log into your Google Account if you're not already signed in. On the mobile app, tap the empty profile picture icon in the top right of the app, followed by the blue Sign In button on the next tab. Tap + Add account to sign in via your Google Account by following the steps given. Select your profile picture icon in the top right corner and then select Create a Channel from the list. If you have previously created a channel, the option will be Your channel instead. Select the Get Started button. Choose Use your name to create a channel using the name and picture on your Google account or choose Use a custom name if you want to use another name and picture. If you choose to use a custom name, enter the name you wish to use in the Channel Name box. Select the check box to agree to the terms and then choose the Create button. Upload a new profile picture, if desired. Scroll down to Tell viewers about your channel section to enter a description and links to your other pages. Select the Save and Continue button to finish. Select the Upload Video button to add a video to your new YouTube channel. You can create multiple YouTube channels to manage under the same Google Account. YouTube makes it easy to switch between your channels. How to Customize Your YouTube Channel Now that you've created your YouTube channel, you can make it your own by taking advantage of the customization features. Full customization of your YouTube channel requires you to access YouTube from a web browser. The mobile app only allows you to customize a couple of pieces of fundamental information, such as your channel name and description. Sign in to your account at YouTube.com, then select your profile picture icon in the top right corner, followed by Your channel in the dropdown list. Select the blue Customize Channel button in the upper right. YouTube Studio opens in a new tab. Select the Layout tab to add a channel trailer, featured video or sections to your channel. Select the Branding tab to upload a new profile picture, a banner image or a watermark. Select the Basic Info tab to edit your channel name, description, logo, links, or contact information. Select the Publish button in the upper right to apply any changes.