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Can YouTubers See Who Subscribed?

For new creators on YouTube, nothing is more exciting than watching their follower count rise as they finetune their content and begin posting on a regular basis. Viewers may be concerned about their privacy while subscribing to their favorite channels. Creators hoping to target their content to specific followers may want to gain insight into those who have subscribed to their channel. In this article, we will break down to what extent creators can know who their subscribers are.

How to See Subscribers

In order to see their subscribers, creators should do the following.

  1. Log into your YouTube account.
  2. Click on your profile photo.
  3. A drop-down menu will appear –click on the “Your channel” option at the top of the list.
  4. Navigate to “YouTube Studio” at the top of the screen, which directs them to their channel dashboard.
  5. Click on the “Recent Subscribers” button.

Here one can see their subscriber count as well as a list of their subscriber’s account names. Creators can use the arrow in the top-right corner to view accounts who have subscribed in the past 7, 28, 90, or 365 days, or to see their lifetime subscribers all at once.

What Will Creators See?

Creators will only be able to see their subscribers’ YouTube account names, not their actual names (unless someone chose to use their actual name as their account name). However, note that if a subscriber reveals personal information in their own YouTube videos, then who they are may be revealed.

Creators will most likely not be able to see the account names of all of their followers. If a YouTube user lists their channel as private, their account will not show up in subscriber lists. To switch their account to private, a user can configure this option under “Account Settings.” In this case, the user will still be added to the overall follower count, but their account name will not be visible.

YouTube Analytics

Creators can get a sense of who subscribes to their channel by looking at your viewership as shown in YouTube Analytics. Some of the information provided includes the top countries subscribers live in, their age and gender, when they are active on YouTube, and other videos they have watched. Analytics take into account all of the private information that viewers do not reveal on their profiles, so creators can gain more specific insights from this information than from looking at usernames alone.

Conclusion

While creators are able to view their subscribers list, they will only be able to see followers who have public profiles. Users who are worried about account names being revealed to those they subscribe to should switch their profile to private. Creators who wants to gain more insight about their followers can do so with YouTube analytics.

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Author

  • Carly is a Boston-based journalist who has been specializing in the marine industry for the past four years. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont, and when she is not out testing new boats and reporting on the latest industry trends, she enjoys writing lifestyle content on a variety of topics. In addition to writing stories for digital and print platforms, she stays busy riding her two horses.

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