Turn on and manage Super Thanks

Super Thanks (formerly known as Viewer applause) lets creators earn revenue and connect with viewers who want to show extra gratitude for their content.

Viewers can buy a fun animation called Super Thanks on a long-form video or Short. The one-time animation is only shown to the buyer over the top of the long-form video or Short. As an added bonus, buyers also get to post a distinct, colorful, and customizable comment in the comments section. Super Thanks is available at different price points for viewers to choose from.

Learn more about Super Thanks eligibility.

Super Thanks

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Turn Super Thanks on or off for your channel

Turn on Super Thanks

Super Thanks for Shorts 🎉

To earn revenue from Super Thanks, you (and your MCN) must first accept the Commerce Product Module (CPM). For more info on the CPM, view our YouTube Commerce Products monetization policies.

If you want to use a computer to turn on Super Thanks:

  1. On a computer, sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left menu, click Earn.
  3. Click the Supers tab. This tab will only surface if your channel is eligible.
  4. Click Get started and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. If it’s your first time in the Supers section, follow the on-screen instructions to sign the Commerce Product Module (CPM).
  6. Once you’ve completed all the instructions, “Super Thanks” will surface next to a switch you can turn on or off.

Super Thanks  will surface on all eligible previous and future Shorts and long-form videos.

If you want to use your mobile device to turn on Super Thanks:

  1. Open the YouTube Studio mobile app .
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Earn .
  3. Tap the Supers card. If a Supers card doesn’t surface, tap Get started in the “Supers” section and then Turn on.
  4. If it’s your first time in the Supers section, follow the on-screen instructions to sign the Commerce Product Module (CPM).
  5. Once you’ve completed all the instructions, all Supers products will surface on your eligible:
    • Live streams and Premieres (Super Chat and Super Stickers)
    • Long form videos and Shorts (Super Thanks)
Notes:
  • If a third party administers your rights, check with them before turning on Super Thanks.
  • If you want to turn off certain Supers, you can use a computer to sign in to YouTube Studio. Go to the Supers tab to turn off the relevant Supers.

Turn off Super Thanks

  1. On a computer, sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left menu, select Earn.
  3. Click the Supers tab.
  4. Turn off the switch next to “Super Thanks.”
  5. In the pop-up, select the checkbox next to “I understand the implications of this action.”
  6. Click Turn off.

When you turn off the switch, the Super Thanks feature will be removed from all of your Shorts and long form videos. You can still review historical earnings.

Turn on Super Thanks for your network

Before a channel in a network can turn on Super Thanks, the network must allow this feature to be turned on:

  1. Use a computer to sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click Agreements and accept the Commerce Product Module.

Once accepted, eligible channels in your network can turn on Super Thanks.

Super Thanks Comments

When a viewer buys Super Thanks, they may post a colorful comment in the comments section of your Short or long-form video as a bonus.

You can view who purchased Super Thanks by using the “From Super Thanks” filter in the Comments section of YouTube Studio and the YouTube Studio app. You can review, reply to, heart, and remove comments on your content. If a purchaser deletes their Super Thanks comment, it will not surface in your Comments.

Reply to a Super Thanks comment with a Short

The Comment Sticker feature helps you recognize and build deeper connections with your fans by letting you reply to a Super Thanks comment with a Short. Your fan’s comment will show on the Short as a Super Thanks comment, and alert the fan that you’ve replied to their comment. 

You can view who purchased Super Thanks with the “From Super Thanks” filter in the Comments section of YouTube Studio and the YouTube Studio mobile app . Once you’ve found the Super Thanks that you want to reply to with a Short: 

  1. Open the YouTube mobile app.
  2. Go to the watch page of your video or Short with the Super Thanks comment. 
  3. Open the Comments feed and find the Super Thanks comment you want to reply to.
  4. Under the comment, tap Reply  and then Create a Short .

During the Shorts creation experience, you can drag the Super Thanks comment to reposition it or pinch the Super Thanks comment to resize the Comment Sticker. Learn more about creating YouTube Shorts and how to enhance your Short with our suite of creative features.

Revenue Reporting

In YouTube Analytics, you can see your revenue breakdown for Super Thanks by selecting Revenue and then the How you make money card and then Supers.

Revenue Share

Creators get 70% of Super Thanks revenue recognized by Google. The 70% is calculated after taxes and fees are deducted (including App Store fees on iOS). Transaction costs, including credit card fees, are currently covered by YouTube.

You get Super Thanks revenue in the same way that you get ads revenue with AdSense for YouTube.

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