How to change your YouTube profile picture through the website or mobile app

  • You can change your YouTube profile picture through YouTube’s desktop website or mobile app.
  • Before you save your new profile picture, you’ll have the chance to crop it.
  • When you change your YouTube profile picture, you’ll also be changing the profile picture of the Google account linked to it.
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Your YouTube channel’s profile picture is one of the easiest ways for people to identify you. Unfortunately, changing that picture can be something of a convoluted process.

It also needs to be noted that when you update your YouTube profile picture, if your channel is linked to a Google account, that Google account’s profile picture will change too.

You can change your YouTube profile picture through the desktop website or mobile app. Here’s how.

How to change your YouTube profile picture on the website

1. Go to youtube.com and log into your account, if necessary.

2. Click your current profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen and select “Settings.”

How to change youtube profile picture 1William Antonelli/Business InsiderGo to ‘Settings’ in the drop-down menu on the right.

3. Click your profile picture, located towards the centre of the screen next to “Your Channel.” This will bring you to your Channel page.

4. Click your profile picture, now next to your channel’s name, one more time.

5. Now on your “Channel customisation” page, you’ll be offered several ways to personalise your account. Under the “Profile picture” section, next to your current icon, click “Change.”

How to change youtube profile picture 2William Antonelli/Business InsiderSelect ‘Change’ next to your current picture.

6. Pick as photo from your computer. Note that if it’s too big, it might not be accepted — YouTube recommends keeping it under 4MB. Once you pick it, crop it however you like.

How to change youtube profile picture 3William Antonelli/Business InsiderYou can zoom in or out of your picture when cropping.

7. Click “Publish” in the top-right.

How to change youtube profile picture 4William Antonelli/Business InsiderSave or cancel your changes.

Once you make changes to your photo, keep in mind that it may take a few minutes for the system to update.

How to change your YouTube profile picture in the mobile app

You can set a new profile picture through the YouTube mobile app, too.

1. Open the YouTube or YouTube Studio app and tap your profile photo in the top-right corner of the screen.

2. Select “Manage your Google Account.” This will open your Google account settings.

How to change youtube profile picture 5William Antonelli/Business InsiderSelect ‘Manage your Google Account’ to change your profile picture.

3. Tap on your current profile picture, which will either be at the very top of the screen. If you’re asked whether you’d like to remove or change the current picture, select “Change.” If you’re just given a small pop-up saying what your profile picture is, select “Set Profile Photo.”

How to change youtube profile picture 10William Antonelli/Business InsiderTap your current profile picture.

4. Pick your new profile picture, either from your phone’s camera roll, Google’s collection of your photos, or by taking a new one.

William Antonelli/Business InsiderSelect your new picture.

5. Crop the photo as you’d like, and then save it. Your YouTube profile picture will be changed.

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