Your Channel Icon shows overlaid on your Channel Art banner, and as the watch page icon for videos viewed on YouTube watch pages. In the past, the Channel Icon was referred to as your “Channel Avatar.”
Your Channel Icon will also show on the right hand side of other Channels if you are selected as one of their “Featured” Channels, or if you are participating in the “Related Channels” ecosystem.
Channel Icon Technical Specifications
Square and rounded images which render at 98 X 98 px
We recommend uploading an 800 X 800 px image
JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG (no animated GIFs)
Do not upload pictures containing celebrities, nudity, artwork or copyrighted images, as this violates our community guidelines (http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines)
The channel icon on desktop appears as a square image in the upper left corner of the channel art.
The channel icon on android appears as a rounded image in the bottom left corner of the channel art.
The channel icon on iOS appears as a square image below the channel art.
Edit & Update: Login to YouTube > Navigate to your Channel > Hover over your Channel Icon to expose an ‘Edit’ btn > Click the ‘Edit’ btn to proceed
This will take you to an editing wizard where you may upload an image, use a still frame from one of your uploaded videos or use your default image.
The “default” image is the image associated with your Google Account, and is visible in the upper right hand corner of the page when you are logged in to YouTube and other Google services. Please note: If your Channel is merged with a Google+ profile or page, then your YouTube Channel Icon and your Google+ Profile Image are synched. As a result, clicking this “pencil” icon will take you to your Google+ profile, where you can edit the image.
There are multiple opportunities on YouTube to communicate your brand. Learn more about channel icons and other branding elements.