Wondering how to get verified on YouTube? This post will walk you through the steps and help you learn more about the coveted YouTube verification badge.
Once you’ve established your channel and built up a solid following, it’s natural to start thinking about how to get verified on YouTube.
The YouTube verification badge provides your account with the ultimate credibility, showing the world that YouTube has confirmed you are who you say you are. Not everyone can get it. But for those who are eligible, it’s an important YouTube milestone.
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What is YouTube verification?
YouTube verification actually means two different things. The simplest kind of YouTube verification simply involves verifying your phone number with a code sent to your phone. This ensures you’re a real person and not a bot. This type of YouTube verification is available to anyone and unlocks a few extra YouTube features:
To check whether you have verified your account, go to Settings > Account and click Channel status and features. If your account is verified, you’ll see Enabled in green next to Features that require phone verification.
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But people also say “YouTube verification” or “verify YouTube account” when they mean getting an official YouTube channel verification badge, which looks like a gray check mark or music note.
This verification badge provides credibility. It tells the world that this is the official channel of a creator, artist, brand, or public figure. And, perhaps most importantly, it helps prevent impostors.
How to verify your YouTube account in 4 steps
Note: To get the simple phone verification mentioned above, which is available to anyone and unlocks extra features, just make sure you’re logged into YouTube and go to YouTube.com/verify.
To get an official YouTube verification badge, follow these steps:
You can also find your channel ID at any time from your YouTube account under Settings > Advanced settings.
Once you’ve completed the form, click Submit.
Step 3. Wait
Now you just have to wait while YouTube verifies your account, which can take up to a couple of weeks. YouTube says, “We’ll check different factors to help verify your identity, such as the age of your channel.”
They might also ask you to provide more information or documentation to prove your legitimacy.
Step 4. Maintain your verification
Once you get your coveted badge, here’s what you can do to make sure you don’t lose your verification.
Don’t violate the Terms of Service or Community Guidelines
It’s one thing to get verified on YouTube; it’s another thing to stay verified. Even though you’ve met all the criteria and got a verification badge, YouTube can and will take it away if you violate their Terms of Service or Community Guidelines.
Don’t change your channel name
If you change your channel name, you’ll lose your badge as well. You can apply for verification again using the new name. But since the whole point of the badge is to confirm you are who you say you are, changing your name regularly is not a good idea.
Be who you say you are. YouTube puts this succinctly: “Your channel must represent the real creator, brand, or entity it claims to be.” Makes sense for verification, right? YouTube will check you out and may ask for documentation.
Have an active, public, and complete channel. You need a channel banner, description, and profile image, and you need to be regularly uploading content to YouTube.
You might see a verification badge on channels with fewer than 100,000 subscribers. This can happen for a couple of reasons.
First, YouTube verification requirements have changed over time, and the channel may have been verified under previous requirements. Or, secondly, YouTube will sometimes proactively verify a channel that is relatively small on YouTube but well-known elsewhere.
Report impostors. If someone is impersonating you or your channel, report them to YouTube. Go to the channel page you want to report, click About, and then click the Report flag.
Note that YouTube verification is not required to earn money on YouTube. If you want to gain access to YouTube’s monetization options and Creator support teams, you instead want to apply for the YouTube Partner Program. It has eligibility requirements too, but they’re much easier to reach for creators. You need to:
Have 1,000 subscribers
Have 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months
Be in good standing with YouTube (no policy violations)