How To GET A CUSTOM URL on YouTube (or REMOVE it and CLAIM a NEW url)

Did you know that if you change the URL or link for YouTube channel it won’t affect your views, rankings, and comments.

In the video below, you’ll learn how to get a new custom URL on YouTube in 2020 or change your current URL.

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What are the eligibility requirements to get a custom URL?

  • You’ve got to have 100 or more subscribers.
  • Your channel must be at least 30 days old.
  • Have an uploaded photo as a channel icon.
  • Have uploaded channel art.

    Here are steps to get a new custom URL for YouTube channel.
    Just keep in mind you want to create an easy-to-remember web address for your YouTube channel. Keep in mind you can’t edit the custom URL once it’s been created.

    Recently I changed my channel name from isitebuild to Drost Video. As you can see the previous URL is /user/isitebuild and I want to change this to Drost Video to reflect my current content.

    Here’s how to do it…
    – Login to YouTube channel,
    – click on your profile icon,
    – click on settings,
    – here’s my new channel name…Drost Video which I can edit on Google
    – Click advanced settings over here or click view advanced settings and the custom URL says you’re eligible for a custom URL
    – If your channel is not eligible for a custom URL you can remove the URL and claim a new one.
    – Click claim it here. It says get a custom URL here’s how you look on YouTube, /c/DrostVideo. Even though Drost Video is capitalized you can still use the lowercase letters as well.

    YouTube gives me all these options like Drost Video capitalized, one word capitalized, my old URL, I can add a suffix of my choosing, and I can add a suffix to my old URL.
    – Next check the box that says I have read and agreed to the custom URL. You can read through the Terms of Use right here.

Here’s a couple of points that stood out for me….
– A YouTube channel may only have one custom URL.
– No custom URL can be sold, transferred or assigned to anyone.
– Custom URLs are free for now but we may start charging a fee for them. – Don’t include words and phrases in custom URLs that would violate Terms of Service in YouTube community guidelines
– YouTube says it may discontinue offering custom URLs at any time and without notice. If you agreed to those terms of use just check the box and click change URL.
– It says are you sure you want to change your public URL to /c/DrostVideo. Once you confirm this custom URL, you can’t change it again or transfer the URL to someone else click confirm choice.

YouTube says it may take a couple of days for the previous URL to deactivate.

  • As you can see the URL has been changed already from to I can put a C in there it’s still the same. I can also capitalize it and I can also put a C in between using the capitalized version. The easiest custom URL to remember is so that’s the one I’m going to use.

Once you confirm your custom URL you can’t change it or transfer it to someone else so make sure it’s the one you want.

What if you want to remove the custom URL and claim a new one?

  • Sign in to YouTube channel go to your about me page which is
  • Click the profile icon on top right,
  • click on all your brand accounts,
  • select your account…I can change the name of my channel if I wish and here’s my custom URL.
  • Click the pencil icon next to sites. Here it says custom URLs. Release a custom URL to disable it and remove it from your account.
  • If I want to remove this, I just click the X and click okay.
  • If I’m eligible I can claim a new custom URL right away based upon the steps I just showed you. It may take a few days for the previous URL to deactivate, but in my case, it changed right away.

Here’s some important things to keep in mind….

1. You can’t edit your custom URL.
To claim a new custom URL you got to delete your existing custom URL. After it’s being removed it’s free to be claimed by another creator.

2. You can choose a custom URL based upon your display name, the YouTube username, any current vanity URLs you may have or the name of your linked website.

3. When sharing YouTube channel link, you can use uppercase or lowercase all of them go to YouTube channel homepage.

4. You can remove a custom URL for YouTube channel up to three times a year.

Do you want to know how to change your YouTube channel name on your desktop or phone?

If that’s a yes, watch my next video on how to change your YouTube channel name.

If you want a grow your YouTube Channel so you can attract more views and subscribers, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide

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