Almost all online platforms and instant messaging applications, Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram allow to mention another account within their platform, typically by preceding the account name by the "@" symbol.

How do you do the same thing - mentioning other YouTube accounts/channels - in a YouTube comment?

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    Bad news is you can't. At least not anymore. Previously youtube allowed commenting account names using +. This has been removed. Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 18:04

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Unfortunately, tagging on YouTube is not possible anymore. The only way to still tag someone in a legit way is to hit “reply”.

  • It's not even possible by "hackig" the html, http or ajax system, there is a safety mechanism to prevent you from doing it. Big bummer. (Or at least I haven't figured it out yet after 1 hour fiddling.)
    – e-motiv
    Commented Sep 26, 2019 at 11:42

In addition to Faraz's answer:

If the person you want to refer to has a Youtube Channel, you can edit in the URL of the channel (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1of9ELYwB623fWaAMRDVFA). This will not 'ping' that person (2nd party), but for 3rd parties it that makes it clear who you are referring to.



@faraza is correct. You can no longer mention or tag someone on aif you decide to reply directly in the main comments section.

Alternative Solution:

The following is someone’s comment thread:

*Source*: How to Tag Someone in a YouTube Comment (https://apkafe.com/how-to-tag-in-youtube-comment/)

As you can see, if you reply to the main comment, the tagging feature is not available.

I have a workaround... You can still tag someone on YouTube, but only if you click REPLY to them in a comment thread.

Here is how to tag someone in a Youtube reply to a comment... https://apkafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/image-3.png

You can now see what happens when you click reply to someone in the comment thread. It will automatically tag the user in the comment you are writing.

Now, post a comment and see what happens to the tag. https://apkafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/image-4.png

You will see that after posting the comment with an auto-tag, the username is tagged in the post and appears blue. That’s how to tag someone on YouTube. https://apkafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/image-5.png

Hopefully, this gives everyone some more clarity as well as an inside tip/trick alternative if you want to tag or mention someone in the video comments in spite of YouTube not having a direct way to mention or tag others.

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  • +1 for pointing out that the reply to a "main comment" will not tag, but only to a lower level one. Commented Sep 20, 2022 at 19:36

As of October 2022, you can do that by using @username format tagging on channel pages, in Shorts, and in comments. See this YouTube News and Events page.

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