Change video distribution

Choose whether to make your videos available on all platforms, or just monetized platforms, with the distribution setting. Users who are not monetizing partners cannot change the distribution setting.

Set video distribution

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos then the video you'd like to edit.
  3. Open the Advanced tab.
  4. In the Distribution box, choose between “Everywhere” and “Make this video available only on monetized platforms”.
  5. Select Save.

Creator Studio Classic instructions 

  1. Open the Video Manager.
  2. Next to the video that needs new settings, click Edit.
  3. Beneath the video, select Advanced settings.
  4. Under “Distribution”, choose between “Everywhere” and “Monetized platforms”.
  5. Select Save changes.

Videos with claims

The distribution settings that apply to a video depend on whether the video contained claimed content.

  • If a user's video is a claimed video, the distribution setting of the claimant, not the user, will apply.
  • If a user's video is a video with a claim to the music contained within that video, the distribution setting of the claimant, not the user, will apply to the video.

Difference between monetized platforms and all platforms

The following platforms are examples of platforms we consider monetized:

  • www.youtube.com
  • YouTube app
  • YouTube app on TVs including Xbox, Android TV, PlayStation, and Chromecast
  • m.youtube.com accessed from most smartphones
  • YouTube app on Apple TV

In addition to monetized platforms mentioned above, "all platforms" include but are not limited to the following:

  • YouTube app pre-installed on iOS 5 and below
  • YouTube legacy apps on feature phones and TVs
  • m.youtube.com accessed from feature phones
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