How To… Subscribe To A YouTube Channel

This “How To” guide will take you through how to subscribe to a channel on YouTube.
You may wish to do this in order to easily access the full range of video tutorials that APS will be referencing throughout the season, or to be able to revisit them as reminders of what has already been covered.

This guide will be using the Mike Browne Photography YouTube channel as an example of how to subscribe to a particular channel, but the process is the same for any other YouTube channel that you may wish to subscribe to, for example Gavin Hoey’s Photoshop YouTube channel.  (The direct links for both of these useful YouTube channels are also listed on the Links page of this website.)


YouTube Main Screen

YouTube Main Screen

Navigate to YouTube (www.youtube.com) via your internet browser.  You might want to add this address as a Bookmark or Favourite in your browser if you intend to visit the site regularly.


YouTube Search

YouTube Search

Using the search box to the right of the YouTube logo, type in words that describe what you want to search for.  Suggestions will appear underneath this box (as shown) as you start typing. In this example, start searching for “Mike Browne Photography“.  Either select one of the suggestions that appear as you start typing, or finish typing your search and click the magnifying glass to the right of the search box.


YouTube Search Results

YouTube Search Results

On the search results page, the channel that we are searching for has been listed first in the search results.  This will not always necessarily be the case!

There should be a button labelled “Subscribe” underneath the entry in the search results (next to the “Channel” button).  If the “Subscribe” button is not displayed, click on any of the relevant videos in the results list and then it should be visible on that page.


YouTube Subscribe To Channel

YouTube Subscribe To Channel

Click on the “Subscribe” button.

Please note, there are NO CHARGES involved for this subscription, it is purely a method of linking you easily to the videos you want to view or follow.


YouTube Sign In Or Subscribe

YouTube Sign In Or Subscribe

If this is the first time you have subscribed to a channel on YouTube, you will need to register with the site before you can continue the subscription process; otherwise, login to YouTube as you normally would.

To register a new account with the YouTube site, click on the red “Create An Account” button in the top right corner of the log-in screen.


YouTube New Account Details (UK)

YouTube New Account Details (UK)

YouTube06aa-NewAccountDetailsUSOn the following screen, BEFORE you start filling in the form, ensure that the country / language dropdown in the bottom right corner of the screen is set to “English (United Kingdom)” – this may have defaulted to “English (United States)“.YouTube06bb-NewAccountDetailsUK

Enter the email address that you wish to use to subscribe, and fill in all of the other necessary details on the form as you see fit.  In order to proceed with registration, you will have to complete the “Prove that you’re not a robot” section (enter the numbers you see in the two pictures you are shown), and ensure there is a tick in the checkbox agreeing to Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

When you click the “Next Step” button, the following screen will ask you to verify your email address – this may either be achieved by signing into your mail service (not recommended unless you want to agree to share potentially personal information between your email provider and Google), or can also be achieved by requesting a verification email to be sent to your email address.

If you request a verification email to be sent, check your inbox for that email address.  You should have received an email entitled “Google Email Verification” with a link included within the message.  Click on this link in the email and return to your browser.  Please be aware that the link may open up in a new tab or window.

YouTube Registration Complete

YouTube Registration Complete

When you see this screen, click on the “Back to YouTube” button, and your registration is now complete.

YouTube Registration Complete (Banner)

YouTube Registration Complete (Banner)

This green banner will appear at the top of the screen upon successful registration.

This subscription should also enable you to receive email notifications when a new video is posted to a channel you have previously subscribed to.


OPTIONAL STEP: Close and re-open the YouTube page.  You may not need to do this!
You only need to close and re-open the YouTube page if the videos listed under the Mike Browne channel are displayed in a random order.

Close your YouTube page – either close your browser, or close the tab that YouTube was loaded into.
Open up your browser (or a new tab within your browser), and load the YouTube page again.

Now, on the opening page, on the left hand side there should be a list (this should be the only one if you haven’t previously subscribed to any other video channels) and the Mike Browne channel should be listed.

YouTube Subscription List

YouTube Subscription List

Click on the “Mike Browne” tab listed under Subscriptions and this will access the whole group of videos that he has uploaded.

These should now be listed in categories rather than just a random collection.

You should now be able to more easily find what you want to view, for example, the section entitled “Camera Controls“, some of which you may recognise from previous tutorial sessions.


The above instructions may be applied to any channel subscription on YouTube.