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Create paid videos

As of September 19, 2017, you can no longer create paid content on YouTube. All your existing paid channels or videos will continue to show until January 1, 2018, and then they'll be made private. Individual videos purchased (not rented) will be accessible to purchasers until January 1, 2023 per purchase terms. Learn more about your options for managing paid content.

Once you've enabled your Google account for paid content, you can require users to pay to view videos you upload. You can create a new paid video or convert an existing free video to require payment for viewing. When you make a video paid, the view counter no longer appears for that video.

Paid videos can also be embedded on other websites. Embedded paid videos still require payment before the customer can view the video.

Create a new paid video

  1. Upload content to your channel.
  2. While editing the video go to the Monetization section and click Require purchase or rental to view.
  3. Follow these instructions to create rental or purchase offers for the video.

When you're done, follow our steps to set your paid channel up for success.

Convert video to require payment

You can't change a paid video back to a free video after someone purchases it or when someone is actively renting it.
  1. While editing the video go to the Monetization section and click Require purchase or rental to view.
  2. Follow these instructions to create rental or purchase offers for the video.

When you're done, follow our steps to set your paid channel up for success.

To get subscribers, use the tips and best practices in the YouTube Creator Academy.
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