Article last updated on:
February 10, 2024

You’re probably here because:

  • You want to use some of YouTube’s features
  • But it says you need to verify your account
  • Most likely: through a phone number

Note: We’re not talking about getting the Verified Badge.

This is about account verification, not channel verification.

By verifying your account, you can upload custom thumbnails or change them on YouTube.

How to verify a YouTube account

The quickest way to verify your YouTube account open youtube.com/verify.

Insert a phone number to get the verification code via SMS, then type it on the web page.

Showing the YouTube.com/verify web page
  1. Go to YouTube.com/Verify
  2. Type in your phone number
  3. Click GET CODE
  4. Enter the 6-digit code received via SMS
  5. Click SUBMIT

That’s it, you’ve just verified your account!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take YouTube to verify your account?

YouTube account verification usually takes just a few minutes. After submitting the code, your account should be verified almost instantly.

If you’re talking about applying for a verification badge, that’s a different process and criteria, which involves proving your channel’s authenticity and can take much longer.

2. Why is YouTube asking for ID verification?

One big reason is to comply with legal requirements, like age restrictions on certain content.

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They want to make sure users are old enough to view mature content or to confirm your age matches their guidelines.

3. Can you verify your YouTube account with an email?

Unfortunately, no, you cannot verify your YouTube account with just an email.

YouTube currently only uses phone number verification for two main reasons:

  1. Security: Phone numbers are generally considered more secure than email addresses for verification purposes, as they are less susceptible to phishing and other forms of fraud.
  2. Spam prevention: Using phone numbers helps to prevent spam and bots from creating fake accounts on YouTube.

3. How can I check if my YouTube account is verified?

To check if your YouTube account is verified, go to YouTube Studio’s settings and look under the “Channel” section for “Channel status and features”.

Let’s make this simpler:

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner and select “YouTube Studio“.
  3. On the left-hand menu, click on “Settings“.
  4. Under “Channel“, look for “Channel status and features“.
  5. If you see a green “Enabled” next to “Features that require phone verification”, then your account is verified.

Conclusion

This guide just taught you everything about verifying your YouTube account.


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