Setting Up Your Account


Before you can upload any YouTube videos, you’ll first need to setup your own account. Having your personal account will allow you to save favorite videos, compile playlists, like or dislike videos and of course upload your own videos.

Here’s how to setup your account.

Step 1: Click “Create Account”


Go to: and click “Create Account.”

Step 2: Fill Out the Signup Form


Fill out the YouTube signup form.

Step 3: Link Account or Create New Account


If you already have a Gmail account, you’ll be prompted to link that with your YouTube account.

If you don’t already have a Gmail account, just choose a username and password to create one.

It’s that simple! You’ve now created your YouTube account. Before you start posting videos, it might be a good idea to add an avatar and fill out your profile.

Step 4: Click Account Preferences


Right after your account is created, click “account preferences.”

Step 5: Click Profile Setup


In your account settings, you can setup all kinds of things like privacy settings or notifications that don’t actually influence how users see your video.

The one area that really matters for video publishing is your profile.

Click “Profile Setup” to access the setup screen. This is where you can enter a description for yourself, your website URL, your real name if you so choose, etc. You can also upload a profile photo or avatar here.

To upload a picture, just hit “Change Picture.” Once you’re finished with all your changes, click “Save Changes.”

You’ve now setup a new YouTube account or linked an existing Google account to your YouTube account. You’ve also setup your profile so others can learn a bit about you in your profile.

Michael Rockwell