Monetisation is paused for my channel

Your channel's monetisation will be paused when there isn't an active and approved AdSense account linked to your channel. The YouTube Partner Programme requires all partners to have an active, approved and linked AdSense account. 

Note that without having an active, approved and linked AdSense account for your channel, you can't earn money from YouTube and ads won't run on your videos. This includes revenue from advertising, YouTube Premium subscriptions and other revenue sources such as channel memberships.

While your monetisation is paused, you can still keep uploading original content and building your audience on YouTube. If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme and your monetisation was paused, don't worry – you're still in the programme. Monetisation will resume after linking an active and approved AdSense account.

Set up an AdSense account

If you are in the YouTube Partner Programme, but still need to create an AdSense account, follow the steps outlined on this page:

Set up an AdSense account for payments

If you already have an existing AdSense account, simply make sure that the address on file has been verified. To help keep your account secure, AdSense requires you to verify your address before we send you any payments. Learn more about what's required here.

Link an AdSense account

If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme and would like to change the AdSense account associated with your channel, you can do so by following these steps: Learn how to link an AdSense account today.

Note that if you have a few channels that are in the YouTube Partner Programme, an AdSense account needs to be linked to every channel.

After resuming monetisation, will I get paid for the time my channel was paused?

No. Paused monetisation means that your channel will not earn money from the duration that it has been paused, and that ads won't run on your videos.

Does a channel being paused count as a 'strike' against the Multi-Channel Network (MCN)?

No. Paused monetisation doesn't violate our channel accountability policy as it is not considered an abuse event under this policy. 'Demonetisation' is considered an abuse event, and is unrelated to the paused monetisation status. Learn more about disabled monetisation.

Are claims closed while my channel's monetisation is paused?

No. If your channel's monetisation is paused, claims will not be closed.

How long does setting up an AdSense take?

While setting up a new AdSense account doesn't take long, activation of the new AdSense account can take a while. Approval usually occurs within a day or so, but it could take several days. If you're linking a new AdSense account where PIN address verification is required, it may take 2–4 weeks. Your linked AdSense account needs to be activated and approved before monetisation can be resumed.

What will happen to my channel memberships?

When a channel's monetisation status gets paused, its memberships feature gets paused as well and members will be informed. After 90 days of paused monetisation, then the channel will lose access to memberships and lose its members.
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