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AdSense for YouTube

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AdSense is Google’s program that lets creators in the YouTube Partner Program get paid. To start getting paid on YouTube, set up an AdSense account from within YouTube Studio. Use this page to learn more about how to use AdSense as a YouTube creator.

AdSense for YouTube Creators

Get started with AdSense

Remember, having an active AdSense account is required to get paid your YouTube earnings. Follow the steps below to get started with AdSense.

Set up an account

First, make sure to set up an AdSense account in YouTube Studio if you don’t already have one. We’ve created a detailed set of instructions and also address some common issues with setting up AdSense: 

Only one AdSense account under the same payee name is allowed per AdSense's Terms and Conditions. So, make sure you don’t have duplicate accounts when linking with your YouTube channel. If you just want to change the AdSense account linked to your channel, follow these steps.

Verify your personal info

Once set up, it’s time to verify your personal info. When your earnings pass the address verification threshold for your YouTube payments account, AdSense will mail a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to your physical address. This PIN needs to be entered into your AdSense account to verify your address before you can get paid. More info here:

Also, depending on your location, AdSense may need to verify your identity using info like your name, address, or date of birth. If you’re required to do this, you typically won’t be asked to verify your address until after you’ve successfully verified your identity. Learn more on how to do this here:

Provide your tax info

After providing your personal info, you’ll need to provide your tax info to continue. Google withholds U.S. taxes on earnings you generate from viewers in the U.S., so this info is important to provide to determine your correct withholding rate. Find out how to submit your tax info and more here:

Add a form of payment

When your info is verified, you then need to pass the payment method selection threshold for your YouTube payments account. This is the minimum amount AdSense can pay out to you, so once you have that much in your YouTube payments account, you’ll be asked to select a form of payment. Find all the options and steps here:

Get paid

Your finalized YouTube earnings each month are added to your YouTube payments account balance in AdSense between the 7th and 12th of the following month. Once added, you can view payment details (such as applicable tax deductions) in the Transactions page:

  1. Sign into AdSense.
  2. In the left Menu, select Payment info under Payments.
  3. Click View transactions in the Transactions section of the page.

You should get paid by the 21st or 26th each month if your balance meets the payment threshold and there aren’t any payment holds on your account.

Example: If the YouTube payment threshold is $100, and you reached that threshold amount in June, then AdSense will issue you a payment by July 26, if not earlier.

YouTube homepage and payments account

YouTube has a dedicated AdSense for YouTube homepage in AdSense, allowing creators even quicker access to their finalized YouTube earnings in AdSense.

Payments for YouTube earnings are separated into its own payments account. This means that the YouTube and AdSense payments accounts have separate payment threshold amounts. That’s important to understand if you use AdSense to get paid for more than just YouTube, as it could affect payment timing.

Any details of your paid YouTube earnings before 2022 and any other AdSense earnings will remain associated with your AdSense payments account. Any outstanding YouTube earnings will have been moved into the YouTube payments account.

Frequently asked questions

What if I use AdSense to get paid from other services aside from YouTube?

If you’re an AdSense publisher with other types of earnings aside from YouTube earnings, you’ll be able to manage and view your YouTube earnings in the separate payments account accessible from the Payments page.

Keep in mind that both the YouTube and AdSense payments accounts will need to reach their respective payment thresholds for you to be paid. This could affect the timing of your payments.

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