Adding Social Media Links to YouTube Channel

YouTube engineers are constantly tweaking the user interface and user experience of YouTube. That means changes to YouTube in big broad strokes or in small, incremental steps. 

For an everyday YouTube user, it means expecting the UI, UX, or both to change without any warning. 

As an example, I have CSS Dev Conf’s YouTube channel up and running, but I am still trying to perfect my settings.

One of those settings or tasks is to add links to our other social media accounts from the YouTube channel page.

In the past, this had been a simple process of hovering over the edit channel banner and select Edit Links. 

But that’s changed–not by a whole lot–but enough to make me waste time trying to track down how to do something that was once so basic.

Here are the new steps to add social or outbound links to your YouTube channel:

Step 1. Log into Your Channel 

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Log into YouTube and head to your YouTube Channel.

Step 2. Select Channel Settings

YouTube Channel Settings Icon

To get to Channel Settings, click the gear icon underneath your channel banner. A modal or dialog box appears.

Step 3. Select Advance Customizing Features

yes to customize

Select “Customize the layout of your channel” in the dialog box. This is the new wrinkle YouTube has added to add social media links.

Step 4. Choose Edit Links 

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Closing the dialog box, go to the upper right-hand corner of the YouTube banner and select “Edit Links”

Step 4. Add Social Media Links 

Adding links to YouTube channel

Start adding links! Once you save your new links, they will appear on top of the banner artwork in the lower righthand corner. 

That’s all there is to it!

Thanks to this change YouTube made, I lost at least 30 minutes trying figure out something so basic. That may not sound like a lot, but those 30 minutes felt like an eternity as if I was losing my mind because I had done this exact thing to the Non Breaking Space Show channel last year.

About Christopher Schmitt

The Internet's Christopher Schmitt is an award winning designer, author, and speaker and one of the people behind the web conference team, Environments for Humans. He hosts the Non Breaking Space Show and curates the weekly UX Design Newsletter.

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