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 A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a web address, given to web content. The URL is a unique address given to the resource on the Web. It helps us to find particular content on the web. The content represented by the URL as well as the URL itself (in this case, videos on YouTube), is the property of the creator. Therefore, it the responsibility of the owner to manage the resource on the page and URL.  You will be able to gain your YouTube URL by following the instructions listed in this article.

YouTube URLs

Supposing you have a YouTube channel established already, you will follow the below steps to find YouTube URL. However, you need to follow different steps depending on what device you are using:

For computer

  1. Foremost, go to https://www.youtube.com to sign in.
  2. After signing in, click on your profile picture displayed on the top right corner of the page.
  3. Here the option of “My Channel” is displayed. Click on it, and it will open up your channel.
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  1. You will see the link on the address bar above. Here a “?” mark in the URL is shown. Erase the question mark, and all that follows it. The rest of the chain left is your YouTube Channel URL.
  2. Now you can copy and paste this URL wherever it is desired.

For phone/ tablets

  1. If you are using a mobile device such as a phone or tablet. This method works for phones, even though it is quite similar to the first process. First, locate the YouTube icon on your phone.
  2. After clicking on it, assuming that you are signed in, tap on your profile photo. A menu will pop up.
  3. On the menu, locate “My Channel.” It will be the first option on top. Once you tap on this option, it will direct you to your homepage.
  4. On this page, it shows three dots on the top right corner of the screen.
  5. These three dots will open up your tablet/phone sharing menu.
  6. Clicking on the “Share” option. This will lead you to the option of “Copy link.”
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  1. Now your link is copied to your clipboard and ready to use. You can either send this URL in messages, post it on your social media applications, or just save it in your notes app for safekeeping.
  2. In case you open a browser, an option will appear to paste the YouTube URL.

Now you have your URL, but wait!

After exploring all these options, you will find that the URL connected to your channel looks quite different from expected. YouTube URL’s are actually of three kinds;

  • Legacy URLs
  • Standard URLs
  • Custom URLs
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However, don’t worry. These URLs will lead to the same content and place. These are just some modifications made in URLs over the years. They have a historical context, so let’s break it down in easier terms.

Legacy URL

These URLs originated around 2005. During this time, users could only own a single channel. If you wanted to have a second channel, you would have to create a second user ID. After some modifications and YouTube integrating with other Google services, they introduced the option of using Google ID for logging in. This opened the option to create multiple different channels using the same ID.

Standard URL

These URLs gave more freedom to the content creators. It gave them the option to create channels separate from Google IDs. Each channel will consist of a chain of letters and numbers. This will be defined as your YouTube URL.

Custom URL

These are a relatively new URL type. We can alter this kind of URL to our liking. Custom URLs are, however, shorter than standard URLs. It is easier to remember and helps us to personalize it to our liking. However, once we select a custom URL, we cannot change it. To avail custom URL, you will need to meet some minimum requirements.

  • Minimum of 100 subscribers.
  • A duration of 30 days must have passed.
  • Must have uploaded a photo uploaded as a channel icon.
  • Must have uploaded channel content.
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Setting up a custom URL

Suppose your channel meets the requirements for obtaining a Custom URL. Having a custom URL will help in bringing more traffic to your channel. It will also help in simplifying your YouTube URL, making it easier to remember. To set up a custom URL, you will need to do the following steps:

  1. Go to YouTube’s Advanced Settings page. Click on the gear icon in the top-right, then choose “Settings.”
  2. From there, click on “Advanced settings,” displayed on the left.
  3. Under your “Channel settings,” A notification will be displayed saying, “You’re eligible for a custom URL.”
  4. Click the link right next to this text. After having clicked on the link, YouTube will show a set of steps to follow. These steps will end in you having made a custom YouTube URL. It will also ask you to read and accept the terms and conditions of usage.
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  1. Voila! You have your own custom YouTube URL. Your audience will now use this YouTube URL to see your page. Be careful about your URL because you can only have one custom URL at one time. You will not be allowed to change it. You can remove the current one and create an entirely new URL. However, availability will also play a part in this decision. Unique and available URLs are required to set up a custom URL.

I hope I answered all your questions and increased your knowledge on YouTube and its URL types. Hoping this article helps you!

Happy Watching!