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Making the most out of YouTube

1: Sign in

When you're signed in to YouTube, you're able to make the most out of your experience.

Am I signed in?

If you're on your computer, take a look at the top right corner of the screen. If you see the prompt to Sign in, you're not yet signed in. Go ahead and click Sign in.

Subscribe to the YouTube Help channel for video tips, tricks, and how-to's.

On your mobile device, you can see if you're signed in by tapping the Account  tab. Once again, if you see the prompt to Sign in, you're not yet signed in. Go ahead and click Sign in


Don’t have a YouTube account? If you have a Google account, your YouTube account will be ready to go. If you don’t have a Google account, signing up for one is easy. Just click here.

2: Subscribe to the channels you love

Do you watch every new video your favorite band uploads? How about your favorite news organization? Or a great channel that adds new funny videos every week. Instead of visiting each channel and looking for new content, subscribing allows you to see all of their new content, as well as what they’re watching and liking, right from the desktop YouTube homepage. Now that you're signed in, the homepage can be customized with content you want to see.

How to subscribe

Now that you’re signed in, think about the things that you love on YouTube. It can be a specific content creator, such as Geek & Sundry or PewDiePie; or a brand, like Red Bull or the NBA. Don’t forget about your favorite artists like Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars! Also think about video topics you enjoy; broad topics like music or more narrow topics like time-lapse photography

Once you’ve landed on your first favorite channel, go ahead and click .

I'm subcribed, now what?

The first thing that happens is that the channel is added to your guide and that the content from that channel will appear in the Subscriptions feed.

You can navigate to the Subscriptions view at any time and see what’s new from the channels you love. This list is viewable on the homepage, on the watch page, and on mobile and devices.

On your mobile device, click the Subscriptions  tab.

Looking for channels to subscribe to? You can browse channels by visiting the Browse channels link in your guide.

3: Build playlists of your favorite videos


Find a group of videos that you like? Maybe a few of your favorite songs, or highlights from your local sports team? Put them in a playlist, so you can watch them together, whenever you want.

Try it out!
  1. Click   underneath a video
  2. Enter a new playlist name
  3. Click "Create playlist"
  4. Use Video Manager to manage your playlists
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