How To Get Verified on YouTube: Definition, Steps and Tips

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published October 21, 2021

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YouTube is a video hosting platform that allows creators to gain followers and monetize their content. Verification is a process that YouTube creators can use to gain extra features and raise their profile on the platform. If you're a YouTube creator, it may be helpful to learn more about the verification process and how it can benefit your channel. In this article, we describe what verification is and what types of verification there are, explain how to verify your profile and provide tips to help you verify your YouTube channel.

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What is verification on YouTube?

Verification on YouTube is when you verify your account as an official channel and distinguish yourself from other users. There are two types of verification on YouTube:

Account verification

Account verification is a more basic verification process that's open to all creators and channels on YouTube. YouTube users can verify their accounts by submitting their phone number and validating it with the platform. This allows YouTube to know that users are real creators and that they aren't using multiple channels. Account verification gives users the ability to create full-length videos, create live streams, edit video thumbnails and protect their videos through Content ID claims.

YouTube verification badge

The YouTube verification badge provides another level of verification to established channels. The badge is a gray check mark or musical note that appears next to the name of your channel, and it's only available to channels with 100,000 followers or more. Although the verification badge doesn't give any extra features to the user, it can help them build a brand on the platform. It can mark them as a trusted and serious creator and can help distinguish them from channels with similar names.

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Why is it important to get verified on YouTube?

Both basic account verification and the verification badge can give creators important advantages on YouTube:

Advantages of account verification

Account verification is often an important first step for creators who want to expand their presence on YouTube. These are some of the abilities that account verification gives to users:

  • The ability to create videos longer than 15 minutes

  • Customizable video thumbnails

  • The ability to file content ID claims

  • Livestreaming capability

  • Video links to external sites

  • Expanded video privacy settings

  • The ability to monetize videos

These capabilities are important because they can allow serious content creators to improve the quality of their videos. They can also help them improve the appearance of their homepage and protect their content from infringement. Improved content may help them gain more followers and build their channel, which can allow them to pursue a verification badge later on.

Advantages of a verification badge

The YouTube verification badge is a mark of trust from the platform, and it can give experienced creators several important benefits. It can show your viewers that you have a history of producing popular content, that you have loyal subscribers and that you have a history of integrity and follow community guidelines. It can also help YouTube users distinguish your original content from channels with similar names or from creators who use your material.

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How to verify your account

You can follow these steps to verify an account on YouTube:

  1. Go to YouTube and sign in to your account.

  2. In the upper left corner of the screen, click on the drop-down menu.

  3. Next, click on the option "Settings."

  4. When the settings menu appears, click on the first option labeled "Account."

  5. Under "Account," click on "View additional features."

  6. Look for the blue button that says "Verify" next to your profile picture and click on it.

  7. You can then follow the prompts and add your country of residence and select whether you want to receive a text message or a phone call for verification.

  8. After choosing a text message or phone call, enter your phone number.

  9. When you finish responding to the prompts, click "Submit."

  10. Once you click "Submit," YouTube either calls or texts you a six-digit confirmation code and sends you to the next verification screen labeled "Account verification (step 2 of 2)."

  11. When you receive the code, enter it in the box provided and then click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.

  12. After you finish, you can see a small check mark below the name of your channel.

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How to gain a verification badge

Before applying for a verification badge, ensure that you meet the requirements of having 100,000 or more subscribers, an active and public channel and a complete profile. Once you meet these requirements, you can follow these steps to gain a verification badge on YouTube:

  1. Go to support.google.com/youtube.

  2. Scroll down to the third topic labeled "Manage your account & settings" and click on it.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the second option that says "Manage account settings."

  4. In the menu, look for the "Manage settings for your channel" section.

  5. At the bottom of the section, look for "Verification badges on channels" and click on it.

  6. If your channel has 100,000 subscribers, you will see a text box that tells you that you are eligible to apply for verification.

  7. Look for the "Apply now" option at the bottom of the text box and click on it.

  8. You can then follow the prompts and fill in the application form, including your channel name and channel ID.

  9. If you don't know your channel ID, you can find it under advanced settings on your YouTube channel page.

  10. Once you respond to the prompts, you can click "Submit" and your verification application is complete.

  11. It may take some time before YouTube finishes reviewing your application and notifies you of the results.

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Tips for getting verified on YouTube

Consider these tips for getting a verification badge on YouTube:

  • Complete your profile. Ensure that your channel is complete when applying for a verification badge. This can include adding a channel icon, writing a description of your channel and setting your channel to public.

  • Build your brand. Building a strong brand on YouTube may help you build your subscriber base and keep your audience engaged. You can do this by focusing on a specific kind of content, improving the quality of your videos and by building a presence on multiple social media platforms.

  • Post new content regularly. Ensuring that you post new content on a regular basis can help you gain subscribers and can show YouTube that you are a serious content creator. Ensure that you post new videos on a consistent basis and work to improve the quality of your content.

  • Interact with subscribers. Another way to demonstrate the activity of your channel and gain subscribers is to interact with your viewers. You can consider responding to comments on your videos and streaming live videos to your subscribers.

  • Encourage likes and subscriptions. In order to get a verification badge, it's often helpful to have as many subscribers as possible. You can help to increase your audience by encouraging your viewers to like your content and subscribe to your channel in every video you make.

  • Keep your channel name. Once you receive a verification badge, it's often a good idea to keep your channel name. If you change it, you lose your verification badge, and YouTube requires another verification application.

  • Follow community guidelines. YouTube has a set of community guidelines and terms of service that set standards for the behavior of content creators. It may be helpful to review these and follow them closely to avoid any disciplinary action against your channel.

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