How to Give Access to YouTube Channel

With channel permissions, you can grant other people access to your channel data, tools, and features in YouTube and YouTube Studio, with five different levels of access. Multiple people can manage your channel without having access to your Google Account. They can manage your channel on YouTube directly or in YouTube Studio, on a computer or mobile device. Granting permissions to someone:

  • Is safer than sharing your password or other sensitive sign in info.
  • Allows you to specify their access level so you can have more control over who can view or update your channel .

 
 
 

 Channel permissions role types

Role

Supported

Not supported

Owner

Can do everything on all platforms, including:

  • Delete the channel
  • Manage live streams and live chat
  • Manage permissions
  • Can’t transfer ownership to other users

Manager

  • Can view all channel data
  • Can manage permissions (in YouTube Studio)
  • Can edit channel details
  • Can manage live streams
  • Can create, upload, publish, and delete content (includes drafts)
  • Can chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can create posts
  • Can comment
  • Can’t delete channel
  • Can’t link Google Ads accounts

Editor

  • Can view all channel data
  • Can edit everything
  • Can upload and publish content
  • Can manage live streams
  • Can delete drafts
  • Can chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can create posts
  • Can comment
  • Can’t delete channel or published content
  • Can’t manage permissions
  • Can’t enter into contracts
  • Can’t delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can’t delete or reset stream keys
  • Can’t link Google Ads accounts

Editor (Limited)

  • Same permissions as Editor
  • Same limitations as Editor
  • Can’t access revenue data (includes chat revenue and viewer activity tab)
Subtitle Editor
  • Can add, edit, publish and delete subtitles on eligible videos
  • Same limitations as Editor
  • Can’t edit anything (except for video subtitles)
  • Can’t access revenue data (includes chat revenue and viewer activity tab)
  • Can’t upload and publish content (except for video subtitles)
  • Can’t manage live streams
  • Can’t delete drafts
  • Can’t chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can’t manage live streams
  • Can’t delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can’t chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room
  • Can’t view all channel data

Viewer

  • Can view (but not edit) all channel details
  • Can create and edit YouTube Analytics groups
  • Can view revenue data (including chat revenue and viewer activity tab)
  • Can view/monitor created streams, pre-live and while live
  • Can view all stream settings except the stream key
  • Can’t manage live streams
  • Can’t delete scheduled/live/completed streams
  • Can’t chat or moderate chat within Live Control Room

Viewer (Limited)

  • Same permissions as Viewer
  • Same limitations as Viewer
  • Can’t access revenue data (includes chat revenue and viewer activity tab)

Supported actions

Note: Some actions may not be available at all when acting as a delegate.
CategoryAccess level / Public actionsYT Studio on a computerYT Studio appYouTube
Granular permission controlManager role""""""
Editor role""""""
Editor (Limited) role""""""
Viewer only role""""
Viewer (Limited) role""""
Viewer only role""
Video managementUpload videos / Shorts""""
Create Shorts""
Understand video performance in YouTube Analytics or Artist Analytics""""""
Manage videos (metadata, monetization, visibility)""""""
Create a playlist""""""
Add a video to an existing public playlist""""""
Manage playlists""
Live stream as the channel""
Captions, private video sharing""
Channel managementCustomize / manage the channel homepage""""""
Community engagementCreate a post""
Manage Community posts, not including deleting posts""""
Delete Community posts[Manager only][Manager only]
Reply to comments as the channel from YouTube Studio""""
Comment and interact with comments on another channel’s videos as the channel""
Use Live Chat as the channel""""
Artists specificOfficial Artist Channel features (for example, concerts)""
 

Public vs. private activity on YouTube 

While acting as a delegate for a channel directly on YouTube, there’s a distinction between public and private actions.

  • Public actions: Delegates can perform these actions for the channel owner and the action will be attributed to the channel.
    • Public actions are listed in the table above.
  • Private actions: Delegates perform these actions as their personal account that they’re signed in with.
    • Private actions include searching, watching videos, and purchases. Learn more.

Visual indicators will help delegate users know how the action is attributed.

Grant access to your channel using permissions

If you have a Brand Account, you must first migrate to channel permissions.

 Add access on a computer

  1. Go to studio.youtube.com.
  2. On the left-hand side, click Settings.
  3. Click Permissions.
  4. Click Invite and enter the email address of the person you’d like to invite.
  5. Click Access and select the role you’d like to assign to this person from the table below.
  6. Click Done.
    • Note: Once an invite is sent, it expires after 30 days.

Add access on YouTube Studio app

  1. Open the YouTube Studio app "".

  2. Tap your profile picture "".
  3. Tap Settings "" in the menu.
  4. Tap Permissions in the settings menu.
  5. Tap Invite and enter the email address of the person you’d like to invite.
  6. Select the role you’d like to assign to this person from the table below.
  7. Tap Send invitation.
    • Note: Once an invite is sent, it expires after 30 days. 
  8. Click Save.
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