Using the YouTube Logo

Please read these guidelines before using the YouTube logo. Remember that the YouTube logo must never be altered or distorted.

The YouTube Logo

  • Clear space

    The Youtube Logo should always appear with the minimum area of clear space around the logo. It is essential that the logotype remains free of all graphics, taglines, identities and photography.

  • YouTube Logo - Clear Space

    Apply the cap height as a base for clear space

  • Minimum size

    In order to ensure legibility and visual prominence, the YouTube logo should never appear smaller than the minimum size shown here for print and digital applications.

  • YouTube Logo - minimum online height

    Minimum online height: 25px

    YouTube Logo - minimum print height

    Minimum print height: 0.35 inches

  • Common errors

    The identity system must not be altered or manipulated. Always present the logo fully, being clearly visible. The examples to the right illustrate some of the most common application errors.

    Do not...

    ✘ alter or partially cover the logo.

    ✘ alter the proportions, position or letter spacing.

    ✘ stretch, condense, distort or separate logo elements.

    ✘ alter the color or add effects (drop shadow, glow, etc).

    ✘ replace the logotype with another typeface.

    ✘ place an image within the logotype.

    ✘ rotate (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) or flip.


    The YouTube logo cannot be used as part of a sentence. The correct way to do this is to use text in the headline, and place the YouTube logo elsewhere on the page.

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The YouTube Icon

  • The YouTube icon should be used in social media instances where the standard YouTube logo does not work because of size or format restrictions. Follow the guidance on the right for when to use the correct logo.

    If you use the icon, in order to ensure legibility and visual prominence, it should never appear smaller than the minimum size shown here for print and digital applications.

  • YouTube Logo - minimum standard

    Minimum size for standard logo usage

    YouTube Logo - site-wide standard

    Site-wide size for standard logo usage

    YouTube Logo - stacked print

    Minimum print width: 0.35 inches

    YouTube Logo - stacked web

    Minimum online width: 34px

  • Clear space

    In order to gain maximum visibility, the YouTube icon should always appear with the minimum area of clear space around the logo. It is essential that it remains free of all taglines and identities.

  • YouTube Logo - Clear Space

    Apply half of the icon's height as a base for clear space

  • Common errors

    The identity system must not be altered or manipulated. Always present the logo and icon fully, being clearly visible. The examples below illustrate some of the most common application errors.

    Do not...

    ✘ alter or partially cover the logo or icon.

    ✘ alter the proportions, position or letter spacing.

    ✘ stretch, condense, distort or separate logo or icon elements.

    ✘ alter the color or add effects (drop shadow, glow, etc).

    ✘ replace the logotype with another typeface.

    ✘ place an image within the logotype.

    ✘ rotate (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) or flip.

  • YouTube Logo - common errors

Using the YouTube Icon in social media

  • The YouTube icon can be used in social media to link to a YouTube channel. The standard YouTube logo can also be used in a social media lineup.

    Important: You may only make the logo or icon a link if the destination URL is a YouTube channel.

  • YouTube Logo in social media

    A YouTube social media icon in context

    YouTube Logo in social media - stacked

    Examples of YouTube social media icons

More information

To learn about the standard colors for the YouTube logo, please see the Color Specifications page.

To download the YouTube logo files, please visit the Downloads page.

Any usage not addressed by the guidelines on this site needs special approval and must be submitted in English through the Brand Use Request Form for review. Please allow up to a week for a reply. For non-English requests, you should reach out to your YouTube Partnerships counterpart. YouTube reserves the right to object to any inappropriate uses of its trademarks and to enforce its rights at any time.