Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Use a Google+ Page Identity on YouTube (Beta)

If you're a YouTube creator interested in linking your channel with a Google+ page, we'd like to invite you to a beta test that allows you to do so. Once you've linked, you'll be able to:

1. Add multiple managers to your channel, as well as manage multiple channels with a single login.

2. Choose any name for your channel and page (including renaming an existing channel, if you want).


3. Unlock new features such as improved video sharing, live broadcasts via Hangouts, and a YouTube tab on your Google+ page.

To get started:

1. Your channel’s Google account must first have a Google+ profile on the account to start this process.  If you don’t have a profile on your channel’s account, go to plus.google.com and create a profile with your name (not your channel’s name).

2. If you have an existing Google+ page to which you’d like to link your channel, add your channel’s Google account as a manager of the corresponding page (instructions). If you don’t have an existing page, you can create a new one in the linking process.

3. On YouTube, go to your advanced account settings, and click "Connect with a Google+ page (beta)." From there you'll see a number of options:

- Link with a new Google+ page
- Link with an existing Google+ page that your channel’s google account owns or manages
- Link with a Google+ profile instead of a page

4. Select a linking option, follow the instructions, and you're done!

A couple things to note:

- Certain mobile apps and third party tools may require a bit more effort to work with YouTube channels linked to Google+ pages. Just make sure you're using the most recent YouTube app on Android and iOS. And if necessary, setup login credentials for these apps.

- You only get 14 days to unlink the two services before the link becomes permanent.

- Linking your channel to a Google+ page is still a beta test, so we'd love to hear your feedback. See this article for help opting in to the beta.

In fact, we've created a Google+ community for beta testers, and we'd love for you to join and let us know what you think!

Dan Quach, YouTube Software Engineer, recently watched Skype Scavenger Hunt March Madness Edition
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