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YouTube Channel ID and User ID [What is it? & How to use it]

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YouTube Channel ID and User ID [What is it? & How to use it]

A YouTube channel ID is a string of letters and numbers that uniquely identifies a YouTube channel. It is used to distinguish one channel from another and to associate a channel with its owner.

To find your YouTube channel ID:

  1. Go to YouTube and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen and select “My channel” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Your channel ID will be displayed in the URL of your channel page. It will be a string of letters and numbers after “channel/”. For example, if the URL of your channel page is “https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1234567890“, then your channel ID is “UC1234567890”.

There are several reasons why you might need to find your YouTube channel ID:

  1. To link your channel with other social media accounts or websites, you may need to provide your channel ID.
  2. Some YouTube features and tools, such as channel art templates and channel analytics, require you to enter your channel ID.
  3. Some third-party apps and services, such as YouTube marketing tools, may ask you to provide your channel ID to access certain features or data.

There are several ways you can use your YouTube channel ID:

  1. You can use it to create a custom URL for your channel, which makes it easier for people to find and remember your channel.
  2. You can use it to track the performance of your channel and its videos using YouTube Analytics.
  3. You can use it to promote your channel and its videos on other websites and social media platforms by sharing links that include your channel ID.
  4. You can use it to access YouTube API services and build custom tools and integrations for your channel.

A YouTube user ID is a string of letters and numbers that uniquely identifies a YouTube user. It is used to distinguish one user from another and to associate a user with their account.

To find your YouTube user ID:

  1. Go to YouTube and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen and select “My channel” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Your user ID will be displayed in the URL of your channel page. It will be a string of letters and numbers after “user/”. For example, if the URL of your channel page is “https://www.youtube.com/user/abc123“, then your user ID is “abc123”.

There are several reasons why you might need to find your YouTube user ID:

  1. Some YouTube features and tools, such as channel art templates and channel analytics, require you to enter your user ID.
  2. Some third-party apps and services, such as YouTube marketing tools, may ask you to provide your user ID to access certain features or data.
  3. You may need to provide your user ID to link your account with other social media accounts or websites.

There are several ways you can use your YouTube user ID:

  1. You can use it to create a custom URL for your channel, which makes it easier for people to find and remember your channel.
  2. You can use it to track the performance of your channel and its videos using YouTube Analytics.
  3. You can use it to promote your channel and its videos on other websites and social media platforms by sharing links that include your user ID.
  4. You can use it to access YouTube API services and build custom tools and integrations for your channel.

Note that the YouTube user ID is different from the YouTube channel ID, which is a separate string of letters and numbers that identifies a YouTube channel. The channel ID is usually longer and begins with “UC”, while the user ID is usually shorter and does not begin with “UC”.

I hope this information is helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.

By Alan Spicer - YouTube Certified Expert

UK Based - YouTube Certified Expert Alan Spicer is a YouTube and Social Media consultant with over 15 years of knowledge within web design, community building, content creation and YouTube channel building.

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