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

Devon Delfino,William Antonelli
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  • 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."

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Go to "Settings" in the drop-down menu on the right. William Antonelli/Business Insider

3. Click your profile picture, located towards the center 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 customization" page, you'll be offered several ways to personalize your account. Under the "Profile picture" section, next to your current icon, click "Change."

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Select "Change" next to your current picture. William Antonelli/Business Insider

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.

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You can zoom in or out of your picture when cropping. William Antonelli/Business Insider

7. Click "Publish" in the top-right.

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Save or cancel your changes. William Antonelli/Business Insider

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.

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Select "Manage your Google Account" to change your profile picture. William Antonelli/Business Insider

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."

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Tap your current profile picture. William Antonelli/Business Insider

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.

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Select your new picture. William Antonelli/Business Insider

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

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