The number of users subscribed to your YouTube channel is a metric that reflects how many people are following your channel. Subscriber numbers displayed in the following places are updated in real time:
- Your channel page
- Account Switcher
- Video watch page
- Third-party sites and applications using the YouTube Data API
Removing closed accounts and spammy subscribers
- Closed accounts: These are accounts that were either closed by the user, or terminated by YouTube due to a policy violation.
- Spam subscribers: Subscribers gained through artificial means, such as purchasing subscribers through a third-party service.
We regularly verify the legitimacy of the accounts and actions on your YouTube channel. This is part of a process to make sure that our site metrics are free of spam, abuse and closed accounts to keep YouTube a fair place for everyone.
It's important that subscriber numbers remain meaningful to make sure that when your sub count grows, it's because you're organically building a community of authentic fans who will keep watching and supporting you.
Closed accounts and subscribers that are identified as spam won't count towards your total number of subscribers. They also won't be shown in your subscriber list. Since these are artificial actions, removing them does not impact views or watch time.