In order to gain access to additional features like External Annotations, Custom Thumbnails, Paid Content, and Fan Funding on YouTube, you must first verify your account. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to YouTube.com and Sign In. If you do not have an account then you must first sign up
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  2. Select your Avatar -> Select the Settings Cog icon
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  3. Select the Overview tab -> Select View Additional Features
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  4. Select Channel -> Select Status and Features -> Select Verify (Unless it already says Verified, in which you’re done)
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  5. On the first verification screen, select Text me the verification code -> Enter your phone number -> Select Submit
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  6. On the second verification screen, enter the 6-digit verification code that was texted to your phone -> Select Submit
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  7. On the last verification screen, select Continue
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  8. Under the Status and Feature tab, notice that your account should now say Verified
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