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How to Message Someone on YouTube


YouTube Logo on grey background

Ever wanted to message a YouTube user personally? Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t have a built-in messaging tool anymore. So how can you contact your favorite YouTuber? You have a few methods at your disposal, as we’ll explain below.

On YouTube, a user can list an email address publicly in their profile. If the user who you want to contact has this email address listed, all you need to do is reveal it, and you can get in touch with them.

If you don’t prefer emailing, or the user hasn’t added their email to their YouTube profile, you can check whether the user has listed their social media profiles in their YouTube account. You can then visit their profiles and message the user from there.

We’ll show you how to use both of these methods to contact a user on YouTube.

How to Find a YouTube User’s Email Address

To find a YouTube user’s email address, you’ll have to use the official YouTube site in a web browser on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer. YouTube’s mobile app doesn’t show this email address.

To get started, open the YouTube site in a web browser on your computer. At the top, click the search box and type the name of the user or channel you want to contact. Then, press Enter.

Click the search box on YouTube.

Select the user to contact in the search results.

Select a search result on YouTube.

On the channel page that opens, from the tabs bar beneath the banner image (the large image at the top of the page), select the “About” tab.

Click "About" on a channel's page on YouTube.

In the “About” tab under the “Details” section, click “View Email Address.”

Note: If you don’t see the “View Email Address” option, it means that the channel hasn’t added an email address to their profile. In this case, follow the other contact methods described below.

Select "View Email Address" on a YouTube channel page.

After clicking “View Email Address,” you’ll see Google’s reCaptcha prompt. Select “I’m Not a Robot” in this prompt, and then click “Submit.”

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Confirm reCaptcha on YouTube.

In the “For Business Inquiries” field, you’ll now see the channel’s email address.

A YouTube channel's business inquiry email address.

You can now send an email to this email address from any of your email service providers (like Gmail or Outlook, for example).

Alternate Ways to Message a YouTube User

If a YouTube user hasn’t listed their email address in their profile, look in their videos’ descriptions and see whether you can find an email listed there instead.

To do so, open a video from that user. Beneath the title of the video, you’ll see the video’s description. Go through this description and see whether you can find an email listed here.

An email address listed in a YouTube video's description.

If the video’s description doesn’t have the email address, it’s possible that the user doesn’t want to be contacted by email. In this case, see whether the user has listed their social media profiles in their YouTube account.

On the same “About” page on YouTube, scroll to the “Links” section. Here, you’ll find the user’s social media profile links. Click any link to be taken to that social site.

Social media links for a YouTube profile.

For example, if you click an Instagram link, you’ll be taken to the user’s profile on the Instagram site. Note the user’s username and search for and open the profile in the Instagram app on your phone. You have to use this method because Instagram’s web version doesn’t allow you to send messages.

In the Instagram app on your phone, on the user’s profile page, tap “Message” to send a message to the user.

Tap "Message" on a user's profile in the Instagram app.

And that’s how you get in touch with your favorite YouTubers!

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