While it’s fun to sit back and watch your favorite videos on YouTube, you can get even more from the platform simply by logging in, which is why we’re expanding the features available to you by allowing you to log into YouTube with your Google Account.

If you are logged in to your existing Google Account, you can now choose to personalize your YouTube experience, where YouTube will suggest videos and channels based on what you’ve watched and liked in the past. You can also “like” videos, purchase or rent a latest release from YouTube.com/Movies, add videos to your own “Watch Later” queue, share videos across various platforms, connect YouTube with one of your social networks, as well as access and manage your watch history (so you don’t forget that amazing video you recently watched). Of course, all of the privacy controls always available on YouTube remain unchanged, and you can read more about this here.

Want to try these features but don’t yet have a Google account? You can create one here, or as always you can create a YouTube account here.

We think having access to these features will make your experience on YouTube even better. Still, there are a bunch of benefits you’ll only get by signing directly into YouTube with your own YouTube account, like allowing you to upload and share your videos with the world, comment on videos, rate and make video responses, or build video playlists to watch and share (hint: great for dance parties). Not to mention that signing in will ensure that the recommended videos we suggest to you will be better and more relevant based on your subscriptions and activity.

However you choose to enjoy your YouTube, we want to help you find more of what you’re into, and hope you’ll enjoy this new sign-in option. Happy active, engaged viewing!

Brett Hobbs, Software Engineer, recently watched “Whole Foods Parking Lot - Music Video [HD].”