Did you know that it only takes a few minutes to verify your YouTube account?YouTube lets you do this for a number of reasons, and there are some good things about it. Find out what it means to verify your YouTube account and how to do it in this article.
Benefits of Verifying Your YouTube Account
Here are the most important reasons why you should confirm your YouTube account:
1. Create and Upload Longer Videos
Videos can be up to 12 hours long or 256 GB in size if the account is verified, whichever comes first.
Only 15-minute videos can be uploaded to accounts that haven’t been verified. This is the way to go if you want to make long-form videos that go into more depth about your topics.
2. Add More YouTube Ads
Videos that are less than five minutes long are less likely to have video ads, and back-to-back video ads only show on videos that are at least five minutes long. You can add and show more YouTube ads in videos that are up to 12 hours long, which will help you make more money from your videos.
3. Create Customized Thumbnails
Accounts that aren’t verified can only use the default thumbnails. This is a big problem because thumbnails affect how many clicks and views a video gets. On the other hand, you can change your thumbnails to get more clicks and views if you verify your YouTube account.
4. Qualify for Live Streaming
Once you’ve confirmed your YouTube account, you’ll be able to stream live. You can go live on YouTube Live and talk to your audience to get them more involved and interested.
5. Appeal Content ID Claims
When YouTube thinks that a video you uploaded violates someone’s copyright because it matches a video or part of a video in its Content ID system, it automatically makes a Content ID claim.
As long as you have a verified account, YouTube lets you fight a Content ID claim.
But you should only dispute claims if you have a good reason to do so. Otherwise, a valid claim can lead to a takedown notice, which can lead to a copyright strike.
How to Verify Your YouTube Account on Desktop
- To verify your YouTube account, you’ll need an active mobile phone number, an active YouTube account, and a YouTube channel.
The process is easy, and you can do it through a desktop or mobile browser, but not through the app.
- Open the browser on your desktop and go to YouTube.com.If you aren’t already signed in, you’ll be asked to do so. Type in your username and password, then click “Next.”
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and click “Settings” in the menu on the left.
- Click “Status and features of the channel.”
- You’ll be taken to the page for YouTube Studio.
Click “Keep Going.”
- Click the drop-down menu next to “Eligible” under “Intermediate features” and then click “Verify phone number” under the “Feature eligibility” tab.
You could also go to YouTube Verify and, if asked, sign in to your account.
- You will be asked how you want your verification code sent to you.
Choose between “Text me the verification code” and “Call me with an automated voice message.”
- Choose your home country
If it’s not already there, type your phone number in the space provided if it’s not already there.
Click “Get code.”
How to Verify Your YouTube Account on Mobile (Android, iOS)
- To verify your YouTube account on an Android or iOS device, open your browser, go to YouTube verify, and sign in to your account if asked.
- Choose whether you want your verification code sent to you via text message or phone call, then enter your mobile phone number and tap “Get code.”
- When you get the verification code, put it in the box and tap “Submit.”
- Once it’s verified, it will show up on all of your synced YouTube devices.
Other Ways to Prompt the Verification Process
There are other ways to get your desktop or mobile device to start the verification process for your YouTube account.
1. Upload a Lengthy Video
- To do this on a desktop, sign in to your YouTube account, click on your profile picture in the top right corner, and then click “Your channel.”
- Click “Upload video > Continue” to go to YouTube Studio, then click “Select files > Upload,” drag and drop the video, and click “Show all files.”
- Choose a long video and wait for it to upload and process.
You’ll get a message telling you that the video is too long to process, so the processing has stopped.
2. Try to Go Live
- Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of your YouTube account, then go to “YouTube Studio -> Go live.”
- Since your account hasn’t been verified yet, you’ll be sent to a page where you’ll have to turn on the live feature.
Click the red button that says “Enable.”
Click “Verify” on the next page.
- This will take you to the page where YouTube checks your account.
- Follow the steps to make sure your account is real.
3. Try to Upload Your Thumbnail
- This is another way to start the process of verifying your account.
To do this, upload a video while you’re still logged into your YouTube account, click “Upload thumbnail” when you’re done, and then click “VERIFY.”
- This will take you right to the page called “YouTube Verify.”Follow the steps to make sure your account is real.
Verifying your YouTube account is quick, simple, and easy, and it will let you start enjoying longer video uploads, custom thumbnails, more ad placements, live streaming, and the ability to appeal Content ID claims.
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