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Lesson 3: Signing in and Navigating YouTube

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Signing in to YouTube

While it's not necessarily required, we do recommend signing in to YouTube. Signing in allows you to like and comment on the videos you find, share videos more easily, and even upload and edit your own videos.

You'll need a Google account to sign in to YouTube. If you don't have a Google account, just follow these instructions from our Google Account tutorial to learn how to create one.

Navigating YouTube

Once you have a Google account, you're ready to sign in and start watching videos. Simply go to www.youtube.com, click Sign In in the upper-right corner, and enter your Google account information.

The YouTube homepage

Once you've signed in, the YouTube homepage will appear, and you'll see trending and popular videos, videos recommend for you, and more. If you see a video you want to watch, just click it to start playing.

screenshot of the YouTube homepage

The Guide

No matter where you are on YouTube, you can use the Guide on the left to quickly navigate the site. Watch this video from the YouTube Help channel to learn the basics of using the Guide.

Simply click the menu button in the upper-left corner of any YouTube page to open the Guide at any time.

screenshot of the YouTube guide button

From here, you can navigate to your playlists, channels, view history, and more.

screenshot of the YouTube guide

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