One of the ways you can make your YouTube channel stand out is to get a nice YouTube verification badge next to your profile.
In this YouTube tutorial, we are going to show you how to get verified on YouTube and what are the requirements you need to meet to be able to get verified on YouTube.
Requirements for YouTube verification badge
If you want to get the YouTube verification badge, here are the eligibility requirements you need to meet:
- Most importantly, your YouTube channel has to have 100,000 subscribers so that you can apply for getting verified on YouTube
- Your YouTube channel must be authentic. This means that the person or the team behind the YouTube channel must represent a real creator, brand or company.
- Your YouTube channel must be complete. This means:
- YouTube has to have a channel banner
- YouTube has to fill up the channel description
- the channel has to have an uploaded YouTube profile picture
- The YouTube channel has to have content on the YouTube channel
- The YouTube channel has to be active (new videos are uploaded regularly)
So if you meet all of these YouTube channel verification requirements, you can apply for getting verified on YouTube. The process looks like this:
How To Get Verified On YouTube?
- Open this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/contact/channel_verification
- You should be able to see a screen something like this. If you can’t see this, you are not eligible yet.
- Add your YouTube Channel Name
- Then add your YouTube channel ID.
- Click on ‘Submit’
Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email from YouTube.
If you don’t know your YouTube channel ID, check out this tutorial:
It can take several weeks for the YouTube team to review your YouTube channel and check if you are really eligible for the YouTube channel verified badge. They might ask for more documentation so they can see that you are who you claim to be.
If your YouTube channel gets verified, you will get the YouTube verification badge next to your YouTube channel profile picture that looks like so:
Why does it make sense to get verified on YouTube?
Here are the most important reasons you should get verified on YouTube once you are eligible to do so.
- It helps differentiate you from non-official YouTube channels that might have similar names but are not official YouTube channels.
- It makes it easier to report and remove YouTube channels that are impersonating your or the company/brand you represent
- A YouTube verification badge can increase the trust in your channel, so if you are selling something or recommending/reviewing products, people are more likely to take action on your call to action.
- People are somewhat more likely to watch a YouTube video longer if it is from a verified channel. Viewers are also more likely to check out a verified channel and subscribe to it. Although these effects are very minimal so don’t expect any kind of dramatic impact.
- The YouTube verification badge looks cool and nice, your channel looks more branded.
However, keep in mind that just because you have the YouTube verified badge, you won’t get more views or more subscribers, YouTube won’t give you any kind of boost in the algorithm just because your YouTube channel has been verified.
Can’t get verified on YouTube
If you can’t verify your YouTube channel, here are the most common issues that can prevent you from getting verified on YouTube.
First, if you want to verify your YouTube account, you should be able to do that even if you don’t have 100,000 subscribers. That is completely different from getting verified on YouTube for getting the verification badge. Check out the tutorial if you are interested in that:
However, if you want to get verified on YouTube, in 99% of the cases you have to have at least 100,000 subscribers.
There are other eligibility requirements that if you don’t meet, you can’t get verified on YouTube.
So you won’t get the verification badge on YouTube:
- if your YouTube channel is not authentic
- if the YouTube channel hasn’t been active in the last couple of months.
- if you deleted all your YouTube videos from the channel
- your YouTube channel is not authentic.
If you meet all of these requirements, make sure you are signed in to Google with the YouTube channel you want to get verified. If you are eligible you should see this screen when you open this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/contact/channel_verification
Last but not least, getting verified on YouTube is great, but keep in mind that it is not the end of the world if you don’t get verified.
You don’t get any special features that are exclusive to YouTube channels with a verified badge. There are other powerful ways to make your channel more branded and customized:
- create a YouTube channel banner
- customize the YouTube channel URL
- change your YouTube channel name
- add YouTube profile picture
- customize your YouTube channel page layout
I have lost the YouTube verification badge
Keep in mind that YouTube reserves the right to revoke the verification badge.
Also, if you change your YouTube channel name, you will automatically lose the YouTube verification badge from your channel.
So if you have lost the YouTube verified badge, it is not necessarily the end of the world. You can reapply if you still meet the eligibility requirements.
FAQ – How To Get The Verification Badge on YouTube
Here are the most frequently asked questions related to getting verified on YouTube.
How many subscribers do you need to be verified on YouTube?
You need to get 100,000 subscribers to be able to apply for a YouTube verification badge. If you are a very well-known brand or celebrity, you might be able to get verified before reaching the 100,000 subscriber mark.
What does the check mark mean on YouTube?
The dark grey checkmark next to YouTube channel names means that the YouTube channel has been verified.
Can you get verified on YouTube before you reach 100 000 subs?
Yes, in some rare cases. If you are well-known outside of YouTube, they may also proactively verify channels with fewer than 100,000 subscribers
Can you lose a YouTube verification badge?
Yes, you can lose the verified YouTube status. The most common reason is when you change your YouTube channel name. However, you can reapply to get verified again.