How to Make a YouTube Account

Last updated: October 13, 2016 - 7:11pm EDT

Now that you know a little bit about what YouTube is and how it works, it's time to get your own account on the website.

YouTube is currently part of a collection of websites owned by Internet giant Google.  So, if you have an account for another Google-owned service, such as Gmail, Google Maps, or Google Plus, then you basically already have a YouTube account!  Just sign in using the credentials that you already have!

If you've never signed up for YouTube or another Google-owned service, that's okay.  This tutorial will give you a primer on how to create a YouTube account from scratch.

How to create a YouTube account

  1. Go to in your web browser and click Sign In in the top-right corner.

  2. Click Create Account at the bottom of the screen.

  3. The sign up box is a little large, so will break it into two parts. 

    In the first part, click in each of the boxes highlighted here and select or type in (from left to right, top to bottom):

    - Your first and last names
    - Your email address
    - A password that you would like to use for your Google account
    - A copy of the password that you just typed in
    - The month, day, and year of your birth
    - Your gender
    - Your mobile phone number (click the flag to change your country code)

    (NOTE: you can click I Would Like a New Gmail Address if you want Google to set up a free Gmail account for you with a Gmail address, in addition to setting up the rest of your account.)

  4. In the second part, under "Prove you're Not a Robot", type the numbers that you see in the picture into the box labelled "Type the Text".  Then, click the drop-down menu under "Location" and select what country you live in.  Then, click the check box highlighted here to say that you agree to Google's rules for using your account.  Finally, click Next.

  5. The next screen will show you what your profile picture will look like, and ask you if you want to set up your account profile in detail.  If you want to skip this and just go right to YouTube, click No Thanks.

  6. The new screen will confirm your account creation.  Just click Continue to YouTube to proceed.  (We know it says Gmail here, but it will say YouTube for you.)

You will be taken back to the main screen on YouTube.  Congratulations on setting up your YouTube account!


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