Become a channel member on YouTube

Through recurring monthly payments, memberships on the main YouTube site and app allow you to purchase public badges, emoji and access to creator perks offered by the channel from time to time.

Memberships may be priced differently depending on your country or region, or the platform you use.

Protecting our extended workforce and the community: Please note that some creators may want to change their memberships perks but can’t do so right now. This is because of steps we’re taking to prioritize the well-being of our extended workforce, including people on teams that review the perks that creators want to offer.

Join, change levels, or cancel a membership

Become a channel member

Join a participating channel membership on the main YouTube site and app.
  1. Visit youtube.com or open the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the channel of, or a video uploaded by, the creator you'd like to support and see if they've enabled memberships on their channel.
  3. Click Join.
  4. Follow the prompts to enter your payment information.
  5. Click Buy.

You’ll see a welcome announcement once your transaction is complete.

Purchase a prepaid membership
This is only available if you’re in France, Germany, India, Spain, or the US on certain channels. 

To purchase a prepaid membership:

  1. Visit youtube.com or open the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the channel of, or a video uploaded by, the creator you'd like to support and see if they've enabled memberships on their channel.
  3. Click Join.
  4. Follow the prompts to enter your payment information.
  5. Click Buy.

Note: If you purchase a prepaid memberships you won’t be able to change levels. 

Channel membership payments are non-refundable. If you notice an unauthorized membership charge on your account or are having other issues, contact our support team. 

You’ll see a welcome announcement once your transaction is complete. 

Change your membership level

To upgrade

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership you want to change and click See perks.
  2. Select the level you want to join and then Change level.
  3. Select Upgrade.
  4. You’ll immediately get access to the upgraded level upon purchase. 
    1. Pricing note: You’ll only be charged the difference in price in levels, at an adjusted price for the days remaining in your then-current billing cycle. 
    2. Example: If you’re paying $4.99 and you upgrade to the $9.99 level with half a month left until your next payment, you’ll be charged ($9.99-$4.99) X (0.5)= $2.50 for the remainder of the month.  
  5. Your monthly billing date will not change due to a level upgrade.

To downgrade

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership you want to change and click See perks.
  2. Select the level you want to join and then Change level.

Billing and access details for downgrades

  • Your monthly billing date will not change due to a level downgrade.
  • You’ll get access to your original level until your next billing date.
  • You’ll be charged the new lower price at your next billing date.
  • You’ll retain any accumulated loyalty reflected in your badge if offered by the creator.

You’ll retain any accumulated loyalty reflected in your badge if offered by the creator.

Cancel a channel membership
Open the membership management screen by clicking See perks on a channel page and then select Settings  and then click End membership & perks.
You can also cancel your membership at any time by following the steps below on a computer:
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to youtube.com/paid_memberships.
  3. Find the channel membership you'd like to cancel and click Manage membership.
  4. Select See perks.
  5. Go to Settings.
  6. Select End membership & Perks.

Payment and billing information

Billing information

New and existing members

When you have an active paid membership, you’ll automatically be charged at the start of each monthly billing cycle.

Canceled memberships

When you cancel a paid channel membership, you will not be charged again unless you reactivate it. You’ll continue to receive membership perks until the end of that billing period.

Reactivated memberships

You can reactivate your membership at any time. If you reactivate during the same billing cycle as you canceled, you will not be charged until that current billing cycle ends.

Update your payment info

You can change the credit card used for a paid membership in the My subscriptions section of your Google Account. Note that you may need to add a new card to your Google Account first.
When you have an active paid membership, you’ll be automatically charged at the start of each monthly billing cycle. You can view your next billing date and manage your membership at youtube.com/paid_memberships.

How paused channel memberships impact your payments

“Paused mode” explained

Sometimes, channel memberships are put in “paused mode.” This may happen if a channel changes MCNs, sets their channel as made for kids, or is unable to monetize. When “paused mode” happens, it means the channel cannot monetize with memberships -- this is often a temporary state. If a channel is in “paused mode” it means they cannot deliver perks and other benefits.

Payment details

If you’re an active paid member of a channel in “paused mode,” your monthly recurring payment, billing cycle, and access to memberships will also be paused.  

If membership is resumed by the channel, paid members who were active prior to the pause will resume receiving membership perks and their monthly recurring payment will also be resumed.

Memberships can remain paused on a channel for a maximum of 90 days; after that point, memberships and members’ monthly recurring payments will be canceled.

How terminated channel memberships impact your payment

If a channel terminates or loses access to the memberships feature (e.g., if it's no longer part of the YouTube Partner Program), all memberships monthly recurring payments, and access to all membership perks will be terminated immediately. Viewers who were members at the time of termination will be sent a termination email with info on requesting a refund.

Channel membership refunds

Channel membership payments are non-refundable. If you notice an unauthorized membership charge on your account or are having other issues, contact our support team.

Channel membership revenue share with creators

Creators receive 70% of memberships revenue recognized by Google after local sales tax and other fees (depending on country and users' platform) are deducted. Payment processing fees (including credit card fees) are currently covered by YouTube.

YouTube Premium free channel membership (Limited time offer)

Redeem a free channel membership

Check if you’re eligible

If you’re eligible, you’ll receive an offer for one free non-recurring channel membership per month, until June 30, 2020. You must redeem the offer before it expires on June 30, 2020.


Eligibility requirements:

  • You’re a paying YouTube Premium member in Brazil, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, or the United Kingdom. 
  • This includes members on an individual plan, student plan, or managers of family plans (in countries where student plans and family plans are available). 
  • This excludes free trial members, or members of a family plan that aren’t the manager.

Channels you can redeem a free channel membership on

You can redeem your free channel membership on any channel that has turned on channel memberships for any eligible level.

The value of eligible levels that can be redeemed for the free channel membership depends on where you are. See table below:

Country Value of highest eligible level that can be redeemed
Brazil R$7.99
Ireland €4.99
Japan ¥490
South Korea ₩4,990
United Kingdom £4.99

Creators will earn the same revenue from a free channel membership as they would from a paid channel membership.

Redeem a free channel membership

  1. Visit youtube.com, or open the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the channel or a video of your favorite creator.
  3. If they’ve turned on memberships on their channel, click JOIN.
  4. Select JOIN FOR FREE.

More about the free channel membership

The last day to redeem the last free channel membership is June 30, 2020.

A redeemed free channel membership is non-recurring and will last for one month from the date of redemption. Once it expires, you may receive an offer for another free non-recurring channel membership. You can redeem this on the same channel, or on another channel with channel memberships turned on.

Note that these free channel memberships don’t add up, and will expire if they aren’t redeemed.

Cancel your free channel membership

Once you’ve redeemed your free channel membership, you can’t cancel the free channel membership.

If you receive another offer for a free non-recurring channel membership, you can redeem it on a different channel.

Change from a free to a paid channel membership

If you change your free non-recurring channel membership to a paid recurring channel membership at a higher level on the same channel:

  • Immediately: You’ll be immediately charged the difference in price between the higher level and the current level, proportional to the time left on your free channel membership. You’ll get access to perks from the higher level immediately.
  • On the next billing date: You’ll be charged the full price of the higher level channel membership on the next billing date, which is one month from the date you redeemed the free channel membership.
  • On following billing dates: You’ll be enrolled in a recurring payment, so you’ll be charged the full price of the higher level channel membership for following billing dates.

If you change your free non-recurring channel membership to a paid recurring channel membership at the same level on the same channel:

  • Immediately: You won’t be charged for the paid channel membership until your next billing date. You’ll continue to get access to perks from the same level.
  • On the next billing date: You’ll be charged the full price of the channel membership on the next billing date, which is one month from the date you redeemed the free channel membership.
  • On following billing dates: You’ll be enrolled in a recurring payment, so you’ll be charged the full price of the channel membership for following billing dates.

If you change a free non-recurring channel membership to a paid recurring channel membership at a lower level on the same channel:

  • Immediately: You won’t be charged for the paid channel membership until your next billing date. You’ll continue to get access to perks from the level of the free channel membership.
  • On the next billing date: You’ll be charged the full price of the lower level channel membership on the next billing date, which is one month from the date you redeemed the free channel membership.
  • On following billing dates: You’ll be enrolled in a recurring payment, so you’ll  be charged the full price of the lower level channel membership for following billing dates.

Change from a paid to a free channel membership

If you want to replace a paid recurring channel membership with a free non-recurring channel membership, you’ll need to cancel the paid channel membership and wait for it to end.

Once the paid channel membership has ended, you can follow the steps to redeem a free non-recurring channel membership, if you’re eligible.

Use and manage your memberships benefits

Channel membership benefits for all members

When you become a member, you'll gain access to certain benefits. You’ll get different perks based on the different levels that you join at. 
  • Exclusive public-facing membership badge next to your channel name in all comments and live chats that you make on the channel you're a member of
    • On some channels, the badge will reflect how long you've been a member of a channel, either through different colored default badges or through different badges uploaded by the channel
  • If you become a channel member during a live stream on that channel, a bright green “New Member” message will be sent in live chat and your profile picture is pinned at the top of chat for 5 minutes
  • Access to members-only posts on the channel’s Community tab (if offered by the channel)
  • Access to creator perks which may be offered by the channel and are subject to change
  • Exclusive access to members-only live chat (if offered by the channel)
  • Exclusive access to a channel's public-facing custom emoji in live chat (if offered by the channel)
  • "Slow mode" - which limits how frequently you can comment in live chat - does not apply to active paid members

By becoming a channel member, your exclusive membership badge will appear in all comments and live chats that you make on that channel.

Creator Perks for different levels 

Each level has its own price point. Your perks stack as you go up each level. That means if you join at the most expensive level, you’ll get access to perks at all the lower levels.

What do I get for each level and how do I join?

This varies from channel to channel. You can see the different perks when you click Join.

I’m already a member, so how do I see the different perks available?

Go to the channel page which you’ve already joined and then select See perks.

Subscribe to a channel you've joined

If you're not already subscribed to the channel you are a member of, then we'll subscribe you to that channel. This will allow you to see members-only creator posts in your Subscriptions feed. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Turn channel membership notifications on or off

When channels that you're a member of create members-only posts, you'll be notified about them in the Community tab and receive an email unless you’ve opted out of receiving emails from YouTube.

Turn off notifications

If you don't want to know about new members-only posts, you can:

See exclusive content in the community tab

Exclusive content is tagged as “Members-only” in the Community tab. This includes text posts, GIFs, polls, videos, and more. 

Report inappropriate perks

If you see an offering that you believe is in breach of YouTube's Community Guidelines (including sexual, violent or hateful content, misleading offers, or spam), you can report it by clicking Report perks in the offer screen upon clicking the Join button (or See perks, if you're already a member). 

Privacy information

Visible membership status

Once you join a channel, the following info will be publicly visible on YouTube and may be shared by the channel with 3rd-party companies:
  • Your channel URL 
  • The name of your YouTube channel
  • A link to your profile picture
  • When you joined the channel as a member
  • The level you're a member of
Note: The channel may share this info with a small, select group of 3rd-party companies to provide the channel's perks.

How your information may be used

Your information above may be seen by other viewers in multiple ways. Some of which may depend on the channel you’ve joined. This list is not exhaustive:
  • All members have a visible badge that shows up next to your channel name in comments and chat.
  • If you become a channel member during a live stream on that channel, a bright green “New Member” message will be sent in live chat and your profile picture will be pinned at the top of live chat for 5 minutes which shows your channel name when hovered upon. 
  • Some channels may add your information above to a list of “thank yous” in their videos.
  • Some channels may share your information above to provide a service (for example, member-only access to a chatroom hosted by a 3rd-party company).

Check & remove 3rd party site or app access

Remove 3rd-party site or app access

If you gave account access to a site or app you no longer trust, you can remove its access to your Google Account. The site or app won’t be able to access any more info from your Google Account, but you may need to request that they delete the data they already have.
  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, select Security.
  3. On the Third-party apps with account access panel, select Manage third-party access
  4. Select the site or app you want to remove.
  5. Select Remove Access.

Report a 3rd-party site or app

Follow these steps if you believe a site or app is misusing your data, like creating spam, impersonating you, or using your data in harmful ways.

  1. Go to the Apps with access to your account section of your Google Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. Select the app you want to report and then Report this app.

Learn more about account access for 3rd-party sites and apps.

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