How To Report a YouTube Channel or Video

YouTube is full of educational, entertaining, and useful content. From great tutorial videos to intelligent opinion pieces. Unfortunately, YouTube can also sometimes be home to hate speech, bullying, etc.

Often YouTube catches these things before they reach a wider audience, but on occasion, they need some help finding these offenders.

In this article, we’re going to cover how to report a YouTube channel, videos, comments, playlists, and more.

You can help make YouTube a safer place, so let’s get straight into it.

How to report a YouTube channel

If you want to report a YouTube channel for an inappropriate background image, inappropriate profile picture, or inappropriate actions such as:

  • Harassment or cyberbullying
  • Breach of privacy
  • Impersonating someone else
  • Violent threats
  • Child endangerment
  • Hate speech
  • Spam and scams
  • Or other things

Then you can do so quite easily on a desktop device.

To report a YouTube channel, follow this guide:

First, open YouTube and sign in to your account.

Go to the channel page you want to report.

Select their About section.

Click the Flag icon on the right in the stats section.

How to report a youtube channel

Here you can choose to report the channel art, profile picture, or user, as well as block the user from being able to comment on your videos.

How to report a youtube channel

When you select report user you will be presented a list of reasons, select the option that best fits with the issue you are reporting and YouTube will check the issue and take action.

Select the reason for reporting a channel or user

Please note: If you abuse this feature, it can lead to your own account and/or channel being terminated.

How to report a YouTube channel on mobile

Unfortunately, there is no way to report a YouTube channel in the mobile app at the moment. This is the case for both Android devices, iPhones, and iPads.

You still can report a YouTube channel on mobile though, but you will have to do so in a browser like Chrome.

  • Open in your preferred browser.
  • Select the three dots icon in the top right.
  • Check the desktop site option (or equivalent depending on the browser).

Now you should be able to see YouTube like you would on a desktop device and you can report a YouTube channel by visiting the about section on the channel that needs reporting.

You can follow the same steps as you would when reporting a Youtube channel on a desktop device.

Alternatively, if you have access to a desktop device, you can report the channel there instead of trying on mobile.

How to report a YouTube video

Reporting a YouTube video is just as easy as reporting a channel.

First, make sure you are logged into your YouTube account.

Open the video you want to report and then click on the three dots icon.

how to report a YouTube video

In the drop-down menu, select “Report”.

Now from the list of options that present themselves, select the most applicable issue and then click next.

how to report a video on YouTube

Here you can then add specific timestamps where violations may have appeared as well as add more information so that the review team makes a correct decision.

How to report a comment on YouTube

To report a comment on YouTube, you can follow the below steps:

First, make sure you are logged into YouTube (you always need to be logged in to report things).

Once logged in, head to the comment section containing the comment you wish to report.

On the right of the comment, select the three dots menu and select “Report”.

how to report a comment on YouTube

From the options that appear select the most applicable reason.

Then click on the Report button to report the YouTube comment.

How to report a playlist on YouTube

Playlists have a number of useful features and benefits, but like most good things, people can abuse them and they should be reported.

This is how to report a YouTube playlist.

Log into your YouTube account if you are not already.

Navigate to the playlist you want to report. Open the playlist page (you can often do this by selecting “view full playlist”).

How to view a playlist page on YouTube

Select the three dots above the playlist description (or beneath the title if no description has been added).

how to report a playlist on YouTube

Next, click on “Report playlist”.

Select “Submit” to then report that playlist.

How to report a YouTube thumbnail

Reporting a Youtube thumbnail follows a similar process to the ones outlined above, Quite strangely though, you can’t report a thumbnail directly on the channel page or video page of a channel. You can only report thumbnails or titles that appear in your feed, this could be on the YouTube home page, in search results, in the suggested areas, etc.

To report a YouTube Thumbnail (or title) follow these steps.

First, make sure you are logged into your YouTube account.

Next, go to the thumbnail you want to report, but do not open it.

Instead, select the three dots that appear below the thumbnail and to the right of the title.

how to report a youtube thumbnail

From the menu that appears, select the “Report” option.

Next, select the most applicable reason for reporting and then select click “Report”.

Final thoughts on reporting YouTube channels, videos, and more.

As you can see, YouTube has tried to make reporting content of all sorts as easy and intuitive as possible.

While some things are not quite there yet, there are still ways to help point out troublemakers and content that needs to be removed.

I hope this guide helps you report content that should be removed, but better yet would be not having to encounter such content in the first place.

Maybe one day YouTube’s algorithms will be advanced enough to weed out spam, hate, etc. while still allowing freedom of speech and expression.

Fingers crossed.

David Woutersen

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David Woutersen

David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online, while for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.