Get a custom YouTube vanity URL

You can get a YouTube vanity URL or – in other words – a custom channel address once your channel hits 100 subscribers. In this video I celebrate hitting 100 subscribers on this channel and show you how to set up your own channel with a vanity URL. It’s easy, I promise!

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How to get a custom YouTube vanity URL

How to get a YouTube vanity URL

Here’s how to get your very own YouTube channel address! That’s the kind of YouTube address that a normal human can read and remember. Like the one for my channel –

Time required 3 minutes

Meet YouTube vanity URL criteria

To be eligible for a YouTube vanity URL, your channel must be at least 30 days old and have at least 100 subscribers. In addition, you must have uploaded a profile picture and a banner picture.

Once you’re eligible to get your very own channel URL, the option to “Set a custom URL for your channel” becomes available.

It takes a couple of days from when you hit a 100 subscribers until that option shows up. So if it’s not there yet, just wait a little.

Where to get your vanity URL in YouTube Studio

youtube channel customization

To get started, simply pop into YouTube studio.

In the left hand menu, click through to CUSTOMISE YOUR CHANNEL.

This is where you change the look and feel of your channel, like which videos appear on your channel home page.

Skipping across to branding you can set up your channel logo and banner. But not your channel URL. That one lives under BASIC INFO.

Choose your vanity URL

YouTube will give you a vanity URL based on your channel name. If an address is available, which matches your channel name perfectly, that’s the address YouTube will give you. Otherwise, it’ll add some characters to the URL, so that it’s definitely unique.

If you want to make a custom URL, you can do that too. You’re still stuck with your channel name as part of the URL, but you can add more letters and numbers after it. No spaces or special characters though.

Publish and confirm your new YouTube channel URL

Once you’re ready to lock in that new channel URL, just head up to the top right corner and smash the PUBLISH button.

YouTube will quickly check that you’re happy with the URL, and once you hit CONFIRM, the new channel address is locked in.

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I'm a copywriter, content creator and all-round creative. When I'm not writing or recording for Pixamoo, I film and edit OwnerDrive videos, do freelance copywriting, practice martial arts, build websites and intranets, and work for The Man.