When you open a YouTube channel, there’s one more step you need to take before you start uploading videos and customizing your banner - and that is to verify your YouTube account.
Also, if you’ve tried to change the thumbnail of your videos, you’ve probably got the notification that you need to first verify your account before you can customize video thumbnails.
Besides proving that you are a real human, verifying your account improves the security of your channel, and introduces extra benefits such as you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes, you can customize your video thumbnails, you can live stream and you can appeal copyright claims.
To verify your account, you need to provide a phone number to prove your identity.
Note that verifying your YouTube account doesn’t mean that you’ll get a verification badge. To be able to apply for a verification badge, you need to have at least 100,000 subscribers, which tells YouTube that you are an established creator.
But the verification badge doesn’t come with the additional features like verifying your account does.
When you verify your account, you let YouTube know that you are the owner of the account. You also help YouTube to fight spam by ensuring that you're not using your phone number to create many different accounts.
If you want to take advantage of the extra perks YouTube provides, this is how to verify your YouTube account.
You can verify your account via SMS or voice call on a computer or a mobile browser such as Chrome.
And that’s it. Now you’ve verified your YouTube account.
Keep in mind that if you have multiple accounts and you try to verify them with the same number, YouTube might flag them up as spam.
If you didn’t receive a verification code after you clicked on the GET CODE button, there may be several reasons for this:
In most cases, trying a different phone number or the voice call option should solve the issue. If you are still not receiving the verification code, contact YouTube's support team.
After you’ve verified your YouTube account, you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes, include mid-roll ads, customize your thumbnails and live stream on YouTube.Did you know that you can also create YouTube Shorts - short vertical videos similar to ones you find on TikTok and Instagram?