How to Subscribe to a YouTube Channel

Say there’s someone on YouTube who posts a lot of videos that you really like.  Wouldn’t it be great if you were one of the first people to know when they posted a new video?  If you subscribe to their channel, you can do just that!

What is a YouTube channel?

User profiles on YouTube are referred to as “channels”.  They are collections of YouTube-related information about the different people who use YouTube, including what videos they’ve uploaded, what playlists they’ve created, and what other people have said about their videos.  Some channels correspond to private individuals, while others are for public companies.  Some people even have multiple channels for uploading different kinds of videos!

One last thing we’ll mention: you have to be logged into YouTube in order to subscribe to a channel.

How to subscribe to a YouTube channel

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over the name of a video’s creator.  This should cause a pop-up window to appear with some brief information about them.  Click Subscribe.

  3. If you click on the name of a video’s creator, it will take you to their channel page.  You can click Subscribe there to subscribe, as well.

  4. You can also subscribe to a channel while watching a video from that channel by clicking Subscribe below the creator’s name.

  5. Channels that you have subscribed to will show up in the left-hand menu (click the three horizontal bars beside the YouTube logo if you can’t see it).  The number beside each channel shows you how many new videos that channel has posted that you haven’t watched since subscribing.

    Click a channel to see what’s new with it, or you can click the three dots here to sort your channels in different ways, including alphabetically or by how many new videos they have.

How to unsubscribe from a YouTube channel

  1. In the left-hand menu (again, click the icon beside the YouTube logo if this menu is hidden), click Manage Subscriptions.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over the Subscribed button beside the channel that you want to unsubscribe from, and it will change to say Unsubscribe.  Click it.

  3. You can also unsubscribe by repeating any of the three methods used to subscribe, as outlined in steps 2, 3, and 4 in the above section.

Now you know how to subscribe to a YouTube channel, so you’ll never miss a video from your favourite video stars!  Next, we’ll show you how to create your own channel!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the Techboomers channel on YouTube in order to catch our latest video tutorials!