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YouTube Studio is the home for creators. You can manage your presence, grow your channel, interact with your audience, and make money all in one place.

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Open YouTube Studio

You can go directly to YouTube Studio or follow these steps to get to YouTube Studio:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the top right, select your profile picture data-mime-type=image/png.
  3. Select YouTube Studio.​

Note: You might be asked to re-authenticate when logging in.

Dark theme

Dark theme allows you to tone down your screen’s glare and experience YouTube Studio with a dark background.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the top right, select your profile picture data-mime-type=image/png . 
  3. Select Appearance and Dark Theme. You can also choose Use device theme to use your devices dark theme setting.


Get around

Use the top of the screen in YouTube Studio to:

Manage your channel

Use the left menu to manage your videos and channel.

  • Channel dashboard: Get a high-level overview of new activity on your channel, along with whats new on YouTube.
  • Content: Find an overview of your videos and live streams.
  • Playlists: Create and manage your playlists.
  • Analytics: Monitor the performance of your channel and videos with metrics and reports.
  • Comments & Mentions
    • Comments: View and reply to comments on your videos.
    • Mentions: (If eligible) Find a list of mentions that other creators have made of your channel.
  • Subtitles: Add subtitles to videos or crowdsource them from your community.
  • Monetization: (If eligible) Update merchandise and memberships settings.
  • Customization: Customize your channel’s layout, branding, and basic info.
  • Audio Library: Get free music and sound effects to use in your videos.

Manage your videos

In YouTube Studio, you’ll see different tabs in the left menu depending on whether you’re viewing your entire channel, or a specific video. To manage a specific video, visit the Content page and click the videos thumbnail. You can also use the search bar to find a video.

  • Details: Change your video’s title, description, and settings.
  • Analytics: See metrics available at the video level.
  • Editor: Trim your videos, add end screens, add audio tracks, and blur your videos.
  • Comments: View and reply to comments on that video.
  • Subtitles: Add translated titles and descriptions to your videos.

 Navigation tips

Switch between the video and channel levels

Some tools, like the video editor, only appear when you’ve selected a specific video. To see more options, try switching between the channel and video levels.

To view options at the video level, click a videos title or thumbnail. To return to the channel level, select the back arrow in the top-left corner of YouTube Studio.

Quickly open your channel or video

To open your channel homepage, click your profile picture in the top-left corner of YouTube Studio.

If you’re editing an individual video, you’ll see the video thumbnail instead. To quickly open your video’s watch page, click this video thumbnail.

Search for your videos

To find videos quickly, use the search bar at the top of YouTube Studio. You can also find videos on the Content page.

Hover over info to see more options

Get the latest updates

Get help

At the top of the screen, select Help data-mime-type=image/png.

Send feedback

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left menu, select Send feedback.
  3. Type in your feedback and select Send.

Watch how to navigate YouTube Studio

Check out the following video from the YouTube Creators channel on how to navigate YouTube Studio.

Navigating YouTube Studio

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