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How to Fix YouTube Channel Profile Picture Not Changing

feature youtube profile picture not changingYouTube is a great platform that will not only allow you to watch different video content. But, this platform even allows you to create your own YouTube channel and post original content. When creating your YouTube channel, you should consider how you want it to appear to your audiences. You can put a description about your channel, like what content you are up to. And, of course, you can add a profile picture so people will recognize your YouTube channel and gain viewers and subscribers. Creating a nice profile picture and then uploading it on your YouTube channel is quite an easy process. However, there are user reports stating that they failed to change their profile picture on YouTube even after trying several times. But no need to worry if you happen to face the same problem. We have searched for you the possible solutions that you can do to fix your YouTube profile picture not updating issue. If you’re ready, feel free to scroll down below to see full details.

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Clear Your Browser Cache and Cookies

Most users have experienced that their YouTube profile picture not updating even after updating it on their YouTube channel. In your case, if you already tried to refresh the YouTube page and your newly updated profile is still not showing up. The best solution is to clear your browser's cache and cookies. In most cases, clearing browser's data can't only fix issues like what we're dealing with here. It also works best in solving numerous issues on the platform, like when your YouTube sidebar is not showing and other YouTube-related problems. To know how to clear your browser's data on your Google Chrome browser, we provide you with the steps below.

  • Using your computer, launch your Chrome browser. Then, press the "CTRL+SHIFT+DEL" keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
  • From the Clear browsing data window that appeared, select the time range at "All time" and make sure to tick all the boxes presented.
  • Finally, hit on the blue "Clear data" button to proceed with clearing your browsing data. Once cleared, visit your YouTube account and see if your new profile picture has been reflected.

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Suppose you're using other browsers aside from Chrome, such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. In that case, you can also perform the "CTRL+SHIFT+DEL" shortcut keys to clear the data of the particular browser you're using.

Re-upload Your Profile Picture on YouTube

There are instances that your profile picture YouTube not changing because the photo you have uploaded did not meet the requirements needed by the platform. Based on YouTube Community Guidelines, it’s recommended to use a picture at least 98 x 98 pixels, has a file size of 4MB or less, and in a PNG or GIF (no animations) image file type. So, check your image first if it meets all the requirements mentioned above. Then, upload it again on your YouTube channel. If you’re new to YouTube, we provided a guide below on how to do it.

  1. To re-upload your profile picture, head on to your profile avatar at the right-hand of the YouTube page and click “Your channel.” Here, select “CUSTOMIZE CHANNEL,” and it will direct you from your YouTube studio.
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  3. From the Clear browsing data window that appeared, select the time range at "All time" and make sure to tick all the boxes presented.
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Update Profile Directly to Your Google Account

Before, if you want to update a profile picture on your YouTube account, you have to do it on your linked Google account. So, suppose you have tried the solution above, and still, your YouTube profile picture not showing. In that case, you need to update it directly on your YouTube Google account. However, you have to take note that changing your profile picture on your Google account will not only take effect on your YouTube channel. But it can also take effect on your Google Hangouts. Google Meet, and with other associated accounts. If you don’t have a problem with that, you can proceed with the help of the guide below.

  • Open your browser and go to your Google account. Make sure to sign in to your Google account that you use in signing up on YouTube.
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  • From the homepage, click on your profile icon and select “Change.” Once clicked, it will give you an option on how you want to change your profile picture.
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  • Capture/browse your new profile picture. And then hit “Save as profile picture” to proceed in uploading it.
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You have to keep in mind that the newly uploaded profile picture on your Google account will not reflect right away on your YouTube profile. It may take several minutes to several hours for the change to register across all relevant accounts, including your YouTube, Gmail, and Google Hangouts accounts.
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