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How to send feedback to YouTube

Do you hate the latest YouTube channel design? Have an idea for a new feature? Spot a bug?

The best way to let YouTube know is to use the official Send Feedback option at the bottom of every page on www.youtube.com.

Update: How to send feedback using the new YouTube channel layout

1. Start on the YouTube page where you are experiencing trouble or would like to provide a suggestion

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the Send Feedback link


3. A box will pop up where you can describe the issue. You can also highlight sections of the page to include in a screenshot.



Your feedback will be read, even though YouTube doesn't usually respond.

A few tips for sending effective feedback:
The Send Feedback form is not a way to ask for assistance with your account or using YouTube. If you have a questions or need some help, please check the YouTube Help Center, which offers troubleshooters and contact forms for many issues. You can also post your question in the official YouTube help …

How to reply to old YouTube comments using the new Google+ comment system

One significant limitation of the new Google+ commenting system on YouTube is that comments posted under the old system have been effectively orphaned. Conversations have been abruptly terminated and pending questions are going unanswered, because there is no easy way to directly reply to those old comments.

Andrew Bossom suggests a work-around that lets you respond to at least some of those old comments, and hopefully will let you get the discussion going again on your channel. If the channel that posted the original comment is linked to Google+, you can post a new comment that + mentions the commenter. They will receive a notification of that new comment that mentions them.



Of course that only works with channels that are connected to a Google+ Page or Profile. If the channel is not connected to Google+, and it's important to reply to them, the only other option I can think of is sending them a private message. At least then they won't think you've forgotten them.

(last u…

Google+ Comments on YouTube: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel or comments

Update: YouTube comments were separated from Google+ starting in August 2015

Today YouTube introduced Google+ comments for video watch pages. First introduced for YouTube channel discussions in September, the Google+ commenting system should allow channel owners greater control over the comments that appear on their videos.

On the downside you are now required to link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Profile or Page to make a comment and Google+ notifications aren't really a substitute for your YouTube Inbox. And even for Google+ enthusiasts, the new commenting system will take some getting used to.

Here's a brief overview of my first impressions some of the features and drawbacks of the Google+ commenting system:
The Good: better moderation options, longer formatted comments, communications managers and moreBetter Moderation Options

I think one of the best feature…

Enable external website from your Google+ Page-linked YouTube channel

From the YT TC Blog: External annotations to Blogspot blogs

If your YouTube channel is linked to a Google+ Page, you may find it tricky to set up external annotations your Blogger blog or additional websites. In my experience, this isn't limited to just Blogger or blogspot blogs, it's an issue with associating any website with your YouTube channel after you've linked it to a Google+ Page.

The trick is adding the special @pages.plusgoogle.com username for your Google+ Page as an owner of your blog in Webmaster tools. Once you've done that, your blog will automatically be associated with your Google+ Page-linked YouTube channel.

See YouTube TC Andrew Bossom's post that shows you step-by-step how to associate your Google+ Page-linked YouTube channel with your Blogger blog.

Related information:
YouTube Help: Associated Website AnnotationsWebmaster Tools: Remove or Add Owner

How to reapply for AdSense from YouTube and Blogger if your application is disapproved

Useful information for YouTube Partners:

Helpful Information for Newbies: Reapplying for AdSense from YouTube and Blogger

If you previously applied for AdSense and had your application disapproved, you may not be able to change your YouTube channel or Blogger blog URL on your AdSense application. The solution? Submit a new application for AdSense from your Blogger earnings tab or your YouTube channel's monetization settings using a different or new Google account. Once you have an approved AdSense account, you can then add your current Google account email as an administrator of the account.

 Learn how to apply for AdSense from YouTube or Blogger using a new Google account.

Related information:
Blogger Help: Enabling AdSense on your BlogTutorial: How to enable monetization on YouTubeTutorial: Monetize your Blogger blog with AdSenseYouTube Help: Associate your YouTube and AdSense accountsAdSense Help: Add a user to your account and Change a user's level access





Use your YouTube channel art as your Google+ Page cover photo

Update January 2019: With the shutdown of consumer Google+ on April 2, 2019, all Google+ Pages will be deleted. Backup a copy of your Google+ Page data, including the cover art.

Update August 2016: You can now find your Google+ images (and images uploaded via other Google products) in your Album Archive (get.google.com/albumarchive)

Update 11/13/13: Google+ has updated the look of the Profile or Page cover image, so that now the entire image is displayed when you view a profile on a desktop computer. The article is in the process of being updated with new screenshots.

When you link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Profile or Google+ Page, you may want to give your channel and Google+ presence a similar look. Just as you can use your YouTube channel icon as your Google+ profile photo, you can replace the default Google+ cover photo with your YouTube channel's banner image.



What to consider:
What are the Google+ cover photo requirements, and how do they compare to the YouTube channel …

Find your Inbox after linking your YouTube channel to Google+

Update July 2018: YouTube removed the Messages inbox from Creator Studio. You can message friends using the newer Messages system.

Update December 2016: YouTube now has its own notification bell. It does not include Messages. 

Update December 2014: the old YouTube Inbox is now gone. Find your private messages at www.youtube.com/messages

Update July 2014: the Inbox is being retired. Learn abouthe new private Messages and how to download your Inbox, create a Google+ circle from your Contacts, and message groups.

Update November 6, 2013: With the introduction of Google+ comments, you will see new comment notifications in your Google+ notifications - the bell icon at the top of the page - rather than your YouTube inbox.

Update January 7, 2013: The Inbox link in the left menu has moved under the "Community" heading, rather than under the "Video Manager" heading. This is now the case whether your channel is connected to Google+ or not.  You can also navigate to your inbox d…

Where's my YouTube inbox and why do I have a new channel? Google+ linking explained.

YouTube forum top contributor Andrew Bossom (aka rewboss), has a great post that shares his experience linking his YouTube channel to a Google+ Page, explaining step-by-step what's happening and - importantly - some of the unexpected side effects of linking your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page.

Read Linking YouTube and Google+


YouTube is not forcing you to use your full real name. Really!

Update July 15, 2014: Google+ has removed most limitations on Google+ Profile names. Now you can create a Google+ Profile with almost any name, handle, brand or business name. Learn more in the Google+ Help Center.
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Ever since YouTube started asking people to link their YouTube channel to Google+, people have been YouTube help forum that they are angry, frustrated and confused that YouTube is trying to force them to change their YouTube channel's title to their real name.

They point out that using your real name on YouTube means that would make it difficult promote your channel's brand, and that posting videos and comments with your real name not only feels like an invasion of privacy and can even be a security issue.

On the flip side, there has been considerable hype around the introduction of Google+ comments on YouTube channels coming from people (and even well known tech sites) who think that it's going to require people to use their real names.

If YouTube were…

Keep your old YouTube channel icon after linking to Google+

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.

Update 2016: Your YouTube channel is now on a Brand Account or Google Account. Change your profile photo at aboutme.google.com If your channel is on a Brand Account, click the current profile photo at top right to switch to your Brand Account identity. ----
Your YouTube channel icon is like a calling card. It not only appears on your channel, but when your subscribers are browsing your recent activity, next to your comments, when your channel is featured and so forth. Your channel icon represents you on YouTube.

<- My awesome YouTube channel icon

But now you've linked your channel to Google+ and suddenly your channel icon has been replaced by a generic blue image:

Those are the default images for a Google+ Page or Google+ Profile. You can change that default icon to your own custom image. And if you know which box to tick during the Google+ linking process, you won't lose you…

How to recover your deleted Google account and YouTube channel

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.

The integration of Google+ and YouTube can be confusing, and sometimes folks assume that they can just delete their Google+ Profile and start over. Unfortunately, when you delete a Google+ Profile that is linked to a YouTube channel, your YouTube channel will be suspended (but can pretty easily be recovered).

Unfortunately if you delete your entire Google account, rather than just your Google+ Profile, recovering your YouTube channel can be much more complicated. Recovery of your YouTube channel requires you first restore your Google account, and only then can your YouTube channel possibly be restored.


So, if you have inadvertently deleted your Google account and your YouTube what can you do?

Sharing Your YouTube videos from a Google+ Page: Videos missing? Change your default channel.

Update February 2019: YouTube is removing all remaining Google+-related features

Update January 2017: with the final switch to the new Google+ web design, it's no longer possible to insert a YouTube video with the instructions here. You can share from the YouTube video watch page, or copy and paste the YouTube video link in a new post.
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It's easy to share a video from your YouTube channel on Google+. Simply choose the "Video" sharing option, switch to "Your YouTube videos" and select an upload from the list.

Sounds straightforward, right? Unfortunately it sometimes doesn't work as expected:  your channel's video uploads may not be listed there - or worse, the videos from the wrong channel are displayed.  To fix that, you need to set the default channel for 3rd party applications your YouTube account. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Gmail is sending email using your YouTube username: a fix

Has Gmail suddenly started sending messages using your YouTube username, rather than your personal or business name? If you recently created a Google+ Profile from your YouTube channel, that is likely the cause. And fortunately there is a fix!

You have a couple of options: Change the "Sent from" name in your Gmail accountChange your Google+ Profile name back to your real nameDelete your Google+ Profile entirely

Create a new YouTube channel for your business, organization, show or brand

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.

Update February 2017: YouTube is now independent of Google+, and these instructions are obsolete.

Please see the current post:
Create a YouTube Channel for your Business, Brand or Show


Update June 2014: learn how to use YouTube and Google+ for your business or brand without a Google+ Profile.

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If you would like to create a new YouTube channel that uses the name of your business, organization, band, gaming nick, show or brand, you have several options:

Create a YouTube channel unlinked from Google+ that instead uses a YouTube username

Create a YouTube channel linked to your existing Google+ Page

Create a YouTube channel and new Google+ Page at the same time

The option that's best depends not only on what you want your YouTube channel to be called, but also how you want your business or brand to be represented on Google+.

When you create a new YouTube channel li…

Create a new YouTube channel unlinked from Google+

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.

Update October 2016: YouTube channel creation is now completely independent of Google+, and these instructions are obsolete.

Please see the current post:
Create a YouTube Channel for your Business, Brand or Show



UpdateNovember 2015, as long as you use your Google account name (aboutme.google.com) you can create a new channel without a Google+ Profile

Update June 2014: Learn how to use YouTube and Google+ without a Google+ Profile

Update January 2014: It is no longer possible to create a new YouTube channel that you can disconnect from Google+. Contact YouTube support for help with Google+ issues.

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If you would like to create a new YouTube channel for your business, organization, or show, and you don't want to use your real name identity on YouTube, you may want to create a channel that is unlinked from Google+.

Why create a YouTube channel unlinked from Google+?

Create a new YouTube channel for your existing Google+ Page

Update: with the shutdown of consumer Google+ on April 2, 2019, all Google+ Pages will be deleted. This with NOT affect your YouTube channel or its  Brand Account. 

Update: As of October 2016 YouTube channel creation is now completely independent of Google+, and these instructions are obsolete.

Please see the current post:
Create a YouTube Channel for your Business, Brand or Show



If you have an existing Google+ Page for your business, organization or brand, it's easy to create a new linked YouTube channel that will use the identity of your Google+ Page.

Keep in mind:
Your new YouTube channel cannot be unlinked from its Google+ Page.The only way to delete your Google+ Page is to first delete the linked YouTube channel. If you don't yet have a Google+ Page you can create a Google+ Page and YouTube channel at the same time.

If you are sure you want your to create a new YouTube channel permanently linked to your existing Google+ Page, it's easy to do.

Create a new business or brand YouTube channel and new Google+ Page together

Update February 2019: All Google+ Pages will be deleted with the shutdown of consumer Google+ on April 2, 2019. This will NOT affect your YouTube channel or its Brand Account. 

Update February 2017: YouTube channel creation is now completely independent of Google+, and these instructions are obsolete.

Please see the current post: 
Create a YouTube Channel for your Business, Brand or Show

Note June 2014: For up-to-date instructions for creating a Google+ Page-linked YouTube channel without first creating a Google+ Profile see: Use Google+ without a Profile: create a new Google+ Page and YouTube channel

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If you are setting up a new online presence for your business, organization, or brand and would like to create both a new YouTube channel and a new Google+ Page, you can create both at the same time.

Note that if you create your YouTube channel along with a Google+ Page:
Your new YouTube channel cannot be unlinked from its Google+ Page.The only way to delete your G…

Transfer ownership of your legacy YouTube channel to a different Google account: Link to a Google+ Page

Update March 2019:  consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.
Update 17 March 2015: now you can move your Google+-connected channel to a different Google+ Profile or Page. Learn how to move your channel here: Transfer you YouTube channel to a different Google+ Profile or Page

Until this week, most YouTube channels that were created before May 2009 - so-called "legacy" accounts - could be moved from one Google account to another. Now YouTube is providing a different option: link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page, and transfer ownership of that Page to the new owner's account.


Linking to Google+ and the YouTube "Not Eligible to Create an Account" error: the cause and the fix

Did you recently link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page and suddenly see an error message that says "you are not eligible to create an account"?

The only solution is to sign into your YouTube channel's linked Google+ Page directly, with the Page's username and password.

Inserting your YouTube videos into Blogger posts after linking your channel to Google+: a fix for missing videos

Have you recently linked your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page and discovered that suddenly you can no longer insert your videos in to a Blogger blog post?  Have you found that when you select the option to insert a video from "My YouTube videos" all your videos have disappeared?

There is a fix for that!  What you need to do is sign into your YouTube account's advanced settings and set the default to the channel that you want to insert videos from. Read on for more detailed instructions.

How to set the default channel for your YouTube account after linking to Google+

Note: on June 3, 2014 YouTube introduced an easier method for setting a default channel. Now you can either set the default channel when you sign in to YouTube, or you can go to the advanced settings for the channel you want to be the default to set that channel as the default.
More details here.

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When you link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page, the YouTube channel is moved from it's original Google account to the Google+ Page's special subsidiary Google account.  You can switch between your different YouTube accounts after signing in, but if you use third party video editing software like iMovie or Premiere, live video broadcasting tools like Wirecast, or some mobile applications or gameconsoles to access your YouTube channel, you may run into a problem.

Many of those third party applications and devices are unable to switch between YouTube channels. What means is that you need to set the default channel for those apps in you…

How to switch between YouTube channels after linking to a Google+ Page

Note March 2019: with latest version the YouTube, here are instructions for switching between channel identities.

There have been a number of reports in the YouTube help forum from users who were shown a prompt asking them to update their channel who found that after choosing the option to keep their username they can no longer find their video uploads, playlists or favorites. It usually turns out their old channel hasn't disappeared, but rather is just a bit trickier to get to: what has happened is that they've linked their YouTube channel to a Google+ Page.

When a YouTube channel is linked to a Google+ Page, the channel is moved to the Google+ Page's special Google account. That means that the original Google account you used to sign into your YouTube channel can be used to create a new YouTube channel linked to your Google+ Profile. 
You can then switch between the YouTube channel linked to your Google+ Page and the YouTube channel linked to your Google+ Profile
There…

What does it mean when "YouTube is updating your channel's account" and how do you decline?

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.
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If you have been using YouTube for a while, and your YouTube channel is not currently linked to Google+, you have almost certainly seen popups that encourage you to link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Profile or Google+ Page.

There are several different popup prompts that you might be shown. A common prompt says "YouTube is updating your channel's account" and offers you choices for linking your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page, rather than a Google+ Profile.

So what do the options on the YouTube is updating your channel's accountmean? And how do decline the change?


What does it mean when YouTube offers you "New choices for your channel name" and how do you decline?

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel.
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If your YouTube channel is currently unlinked from Google+, from time to time when you are using YouTube you will see a popup that prompts to update your YouTube channel identity.

If you do not wish to currently update your YouTube channel identity, you can decline that option.

How you do that depends on exactly which prompt you are shown. See the examples below for more information on what the various choices mean and how you can at least temporarily dismiss the popup.

The first example is a popup that is titled New choices for your channel name
You likely will only see this prompt if you are not using Google+ on your YouTube channel's Google account.




How to link your YouTube channel to a Google+ Page

Update February 2019: When consumer Google+ shuts down on April 2, 2019, all Google+ Pages will be deleted. This will NOT affect your YouTube channel or your YouTube channel's Brand Account.

Update February 2017: YouTube is now independent from Google+. If you have a YouTube channel on a Brand Account, you can add a Google+ Page.

Update June 2014: If your channel is connected to a Google+ Profile, and you do not have the option to disconnect your channel from Google+ you will need to contact YouTube support to move your channel to a Google+ Page.

If you do not want to use your real name for your YouTube channel, but you do want to link your YouTube channel to Google+, you'll need to link your channel to a Google+ Page, rather than a Google+ Profile .

If your YouTube channel is currently linked to a Google+ Profile, the first step is unlinking your YouTube channel from Google+. 

Once your YouTube channel is unlinked from your Google+ Profile, you can link a Google+ Page:
Go to you…

How to unlink your new YouTube channel from a Google+ Profile

Update: consumer Google+ is shutting down April 2, 2019. This will not affect your YouTube channel. 

Note: as of November 2015, as long as you use your Google account name (aboutme.google.com) your channel is already disconnected from Google+. Learn more in the YouTube Help Center.

Note: as of January 9, 2014 this process will NOT work for newly created YouTube channels connected to a Google+ Profile or channels that have been connected to Google+ for longer than 14 days. If you don't want to use your real name on YouTube, you can ask YouTube support to disconnect your channel from your Google+ Profile and connect it to an existing Google+ Page instead.

Note: this is a slightly edited version of a post I originally made in the Google+ help forum in July 2013.


Do you not want to use your real name on YouTube? Unlink your YouTube channel from your Google+ Profile.
If you have created your YouTube channel using a Google+ Profile identity you should be able to unlink your YouTube channel f…
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