How to See Your YouTube Channel Subscribers & Manage Comments

Update November 2017

YouTube recently added a way to see who your new subscribers are from the mobile versions of the YouTube app. If you’d like to see how to do that with an ios device you can find out here.


I’m was relatively new to YouTube as a channel provider when I first wrote this and I’d searched for way too long trying to figure out who my channel subscribers were. I also found it difficult to approve individual comments thereby allowing them to show up underneath their actual videos in YouTube.  When I finally figured out how to do both I wrote this.

That was about a year and a half ago. Since that time my channels subscribers have more than tripled…from 17 to 60!  Surprisingly my steps for finding out who your subscribers are hasn’t changed. What has changed is how I manage comments, which I get a lot more of these days. I show 2 methods further down.

It’s weird, and I don’t know why, but certain videos of mine just seem to always get comments. Other, equally popular videos have never had a comment…not even 1…I don’t really get why that is.  There’s one video which gets several comments every week. In it I show people how to break off blades on box cutters safely. It’s such a simple concept but I’m approaching 23,000 views in less than a year’s time. If anyone has any insight into this I’d love to hear it!

“October 9th 2016 was the 10 years anniversary for Google’s acquisition of YouTube.  I wrote a little ‘retrospective’ post to commemorate the occasion.

Find Out Who Subscribes to Your Channel | These Screenshots Were Made on an iPad Mini

You can’t see who your subscribers are using either the YouTube app or the Creator Studio app on an iPad. You can manage comments however using either app…I’ll show you how to do that via Chrome next.

To find out who subscribes to your channel using an iPad the best way to do this is by using the Chrome app.  The steps would essentially be the same if you’re using an Android device…just a few less steps…because you already have Chrome.  If you’re on a Windows mobile device I suspect Chrome is still the best option…but it’s been a while since I’ve used one…that was what I used when I did.  If you’re using a computer the steps are essentially the same too…you can just skip things like switching to desktop mode.

  • First download the Chrome app and login to your Google account for the channel in question – since I’m writing this on an iPad the Chrome app is essential…you can no longer manage your channel using Safari on ios.
  • Go to your channel  (here’s mine) and switch to Desktop mode if you’re using a mobile device.

Screenshot showing how to switch to desktop mode

Screenshot showing you've switched to desktop mode

  • Once you’ve arrived at your channel…tap or click on the hamburger menu in the upper left corner…that’s the 3 horizontal lines that sort of resemble the form of a hamburger.  When you do that the YouTube menu opens in the left hand column.
  • From the YouTube menu select ‘My Channel’
  • Locate the words ‘Video Manager’ in the middle top portion of the screen and tap or click on them.

Screenshot showing how to open Video Manager

  • When the next left hand side menu is displayed look for the Community menu item and expand it…once it’s expanded you’ll see where both Subscriber and Comments settings are.
  • Select ‘Subscribers‘ and you’ll be taken to a screen resembling mine shown below (the 2nd one)

Screenshot showing how to expand community menu

Screenshot of my YouTube channel subscribers

How to Manage Comments

This is my older method…further down is my new one using Creator Studio ios App 

Go back to the Community menu discussed above and select ‘Comments‘ instead of subscribers.  Once the comments are displayed, you can manage each one individually or in batch mode.  Refer to the notes on my screenshot below for more help managing comments.

Screenshot showing actions available for comments

Link to My Channel

My Most Recent Videos

How to Edit Muliptle Photos at Once on ios with the One Edit Pro App

Siri News at Apple’s Recent World Wide Developer’s Conference June 2017 

One of My Favorite Videos

While this video isn’t very exciting or entertaining, I love it because I love the subject matter. A few years ago my husband gave me the Fujitsu ix500 scanner as a birthday present and this scanner is so amazing that it’s literally changed my life. I was struggling with too many paper documents and finding places to put things that I knew I should save but that I was running out of places to store them, Consequently I had stacks of things lying around that annoyed us both, I’m a huge user of Evernote and had asked for this relatively new Wvernote scanner for my birthday.

Neither of us knew that there were actually 2 very similar scanners and the one he gave me was the wrong one. But it turns out it really wasn’t. The one I received ended up being more versatile and so incredibly useful that he and I both use it almost daily to scan in documents that we store in Evernote, or send to someone so we can get rid of the paper copy.  Our home is finally free from stacks of documents and Fujitsu just keeps making this scanner better with added features via software updates.

How to Use the Fujitsu iX500 Scanner with an iPad

Google Is Constantly Updating their User Sites and Apps

There are obvious pros and cons to Google’s penchant to improve their products.   The most significant con imo is that oftentimes when the changes are implemented there’s a learning curve which takes time to master.  There’s probably a direct relationship between age and adaptability…because our kids don’t seem to struggle like my husband and I do with these changes.

If anyone reading this post discovers that recent changes cause my information  to no longer be accurate, please let me know using the comment feature below (I don’t require your email address or anything really to comment) so that I can fix this post to remain helpful!

Update | September 2016 

While researching how to play videos using ios 9’s multi-tasking capabilities with YouTube (this isn’t possible using the YouTube app) I ran across Google’s updated support page for uploading videos on different devices.  Here’s a link to the page and below is a screenshot of their step-by-step instructions for iPads.

My Newer Method for Managing Comments | Update June 2017

I really have grown to love the Creater Studio ios app and that’s what I use now to mange all my comments. Just use the  ‘Comment‘ menu item on the left and read my notations in the screenshot below.

Tapping on the small downward pointing arrow is the key to finding where you can approve and reply to comments.

Tapping on the small downward pointing arrow is the key to finding where you can approve and reply to comments.

One Problem With Creator Studio is the Number Showing New Comments is Difficult to Work With

I solved part of that with my description above, but there was still an issue I chose to ignore for this post…what happens when you approve all comments and the Comment Number doesn’t become Zero?

I finally figured that out too. If that happens to you you can read the solution in my newer post ‘YouTube’s Creator Studio App for ios Has A Number for Comments that’s Hard to Manage’

Solving Creator Studios Comment # 'Never Goes to Zero' Problem


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About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a it’s become a fairly serious note long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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4 Responses to How to See Your YouTube Channel Subscribers & Manage Comments

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      Hi, I’d love to learn more about how to use keywords well. I’m pretty much of a noob regarding keywords. I think I have a better handle on using them for this blog, then I do for YouTube. But I agree with you…that would help me learn more about how to use them too I think. Thanks so much for the idea!


  2. Ritika Sharma says:

    Thank you..


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