Hiding your subscribers on YouTube is something you do when you have something to hide, and, just to be clear, I’m not judging…
Ok, I’m kidding… clearly, there can be many use cases when you need to hide your YouTube subscribers, and none of this implies anything shady…
Anyway, let’s get to the point.
Fortunately, the process is intuitive and simple to implement.
Do these to hide your YouTube subscribers:
- Go to YouTube Studio
- Click on Settings
- Click on Channel
- Go to Advanced Settings
- Scroll down and find the Subscriber count
- Disable the box where it says, “Display the number of people subscribed to my channel.”
But if you don’t know your way around the YouTube settings, then the steps above might look a bit intimidating.
If so, then check out my guide below to understand better.
How to Hide Your Subscriber Count on YouTube?
Follow my instructions below and pay attention to the screenshots to get this done quickly:
1. Go to YouTube Studio
Begin by opening YouTube on your computer and clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner (the icon will be next to the notification bell).
This will open a drop-down menu with several options, including “Your channel“, “Purchases and memberships“, “YouTube Studio“, and so on.
The option you’re looking for is in the YouTube Studio, so choose that and keep reading my next steps:
2. Click on Settings
Once the YouTube Studio opens up, you should see an overview of all the videos you posted (if you’re a creator). If not, you’re just going to see some random options.
Focus on the left-hand side menu bar and find the “Settings” option at the bottom. Select that to go deeper into the YouTube settings.
3. Click on Channel
Opening the settings will offer several other options, including “General“, “Channel“, “Upload defaults“, and some others you can ignore.
Select “Channel” (subscriptions are channel-related features) and see below:
4. Go to Advanced Settings
Selecting “Channel” should have opened another interface in the middle of the page where you’ll see three categories:
- Basic info
- Advanced settings
- Feature eligibility
“Advanced settings” is what you need (it feels like we’re breaking into NASA here…), so select it.
5. Scroll down and find the Subscriber count
Finally, you should find the “Display the number of people subscribed to my channel” option under the “Subscriber count” heading.
Make sure that option is disabled (it shouldn’t have a checkmark inside the box) by clicking on the little checkbox near it.
So, that’s how you hide your subscribers on YouTube. Told you it was easier than it looked (though it certainly didn’t feel that way).
Seems confusing? Well, no really. Refer back to the images if something seems off. Last time I tried this it worked just fine. 🙂
Got any questions or suggestions about the topic or need help with something else? Let me know in the comments below!
Is it a good idea to hide my YouTube subscriber count?
Not always, no. New viewers will trust your channel more if they see you have many subscribers.
If you have a low number of subscribers, it might be a good idea to hide the subscriber count, though.
That’s because viewers may ignore your channel if you don’t have many subscribers.
Though, what ultimately matters is the quality of the content you provide.
If your content is quality-made, your subscriber count will improve over time.
If your view-to-subscriber ratio is bad, new viewers may ignore your channel.
Then, it could be good to hide the sub-count.
Many YouTubers hide their subscriber count when people actively avoid their channels.
It could be because of the low subscriber count.
Until your channel reaches a decent number of subscribers (to be decided by you), you can hide the counter.
How to hide subscribers on YouTube using mobile?
You can’t do this from the YouTube app on mobile.
You’ll have to use a browser just like on a computer but the idea remains the same.
Go to YouTube Studio – Settings – Advanced Settings – Subscriber Count.
The interface may look different, but the options have the same names.
Don’t forget to save after you uncheck the box for “Display the number of people subscribed to my channel”.
It’s not recommended to perform this change on a mobile device because the platform is slower than on a computer.
Most importantly, the YouTube mobile app doesn’t allow you to hide the subscriber count.
That’s why we didn’t include the mobile version in this article.
What happens when you get 500 subscribers on YouTube?
The Community Tab is a massive engagement feature on YouTube.
YouTubers could access it only when they reached 1000 subscribers in the past.
However, a recent YouTube update changed this to 500 subscribers.
Now, even more, channels will have access to the Community Tab.
They can engage their subscriber base better with the help of posts like images, polls, videos, and so on.
This creates a much better connection between YouTubers and their audience.
Smaller channels will also have better tools to grow and expand their influence over the network.
YouTube has also said it’s actively working to bring the Community Tab to YouTubers under 500 subscribers.
After you reach the requirement to unlock the Community Tab, it’ll take about a week for YouTube to verify your eligibility.
However, the more subscribers you have, the harder it is to keep them with you.
Your content quality will have to remain consistent if you want that subscriber count to keep growing.
The Community Tab is a tool that you’ll have to put to good use!