Become a channel member on YouTube

Through recurring monthly payments, channel 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, and the platform you use.

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 or tap Join.
  4. Follow the prompts to enter your payment information.
  5. Click or tap Buy.

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

Note that prepaid memberships aren’t available on iOS.

Change your membership level

If you’re using YouTube iOS app, you can only make the following changes in the iOS app.

To upgrade

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership you want to change and tap See perks.
  2. Select the level you want to join and then Change level.
  3. Tap Upgrade.
    • Your original level will be cancelled and you’ll immediately get access to the upgraded higher level upon purchase. Your new billing start date will be the purchase date of your upgraded level.
    • Pricing note: When you upgrade, your original level will be cancelled and you’ll be charged the upgraded level price upon purchase. You will be refunded for your original level by Apple Inc. at a pro-rated amount based on the number of days left on your billing cycle at the time of the upgrade.
    • 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 upon upgrade and you will be refunded a pro-rated amount for canceling your original level which is ½ of $4.99.

To downgrade

Right now, you have to cancel your membership and rejoin the channel at a different level.

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership you want to change and tap See perks.
  2. Select ‘Change level’ to see the levels on offer.
  3. Select the level you want to join and then Change level.
  4. You’ll immediately get access to the lower level.
    • Your original level will be cancelled and you’ll immediately get access to the downgraded lower level upon purchase. Your new billing start date will be the purchase date of your downgraded level.
    • Pricing note: When you downgrade, your original level will be cancelled and you’ll be charged the downgraded level price upon purchase. You will be refunded for your original level by Apple Inc. at a pro-rated amount based on the number of days left on your billing cycle at the time of the downgrade.
    • Example: If you’re paying $9.99 and you downgrade to the $4.99 level with half a month left until your next payment, you’ll be charged $4.99 upon downgrade, and you’ll be refunded a pro-rated amount for cancelling your original level, which is ½ of $9.99.
Update or cancel a channel membership
When you have an active paid membership, you’ll be automatically charged at the start of each monthly billing cycle.
Cancel a channel membership payment
Follow these instructions to cancel a membership on iOS.

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.

Change of membership level

If you change your memberships level in the middle of a billing cycle, your new billing cycle will start on the day you made the levels change. 

Your refund will be prorated. This means you’ll only be charged for the time during which you were a member. If you joined as a member for 10 days,  you’ll only be charged one-third of the membership rate.

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

Follow these instructions to change your billing info.

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 also means they cannot deliver perks and other benefits.

Payment details

Your payments may change depending on when a channel’s “paused mode” happens during your billing cycle.

If a channel is “paused” and “unpaused” within your billing cycle
There’s no change to your billing. You’ll just pay your normal, monthly recurring fee.

If a channel is “paused” and your billing cycle ends before the channel is “unpaused”
If your billing cycle ends when a channel is “paused,” the subscription will automatically stop. If the channel you joined is unpaused after your last payment, you’ll need to go back and join the channel again.

How terminated channel memberships impact your payment

If a channel terminates or loses access to the memberships feature (e.g., if it is no longer part of the YouTube Partner Program), all membership 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

You may cancel your paid channel membership at any time. Once you cancel, you won’t be charged again. You’ll be able to use the badge and have access to creator perks until the end of the billing cycle. Note that you won't be refunded for the period of time between when you cancel and when your channel membership officially ends.
If you notice an unauthorized channel memberships charge on your account, follow these steps to report the unauthorized charge. If creator perks or other features of your paid channel membership are defective, unavailable, or do not perform as stated, you may contact our support team to request a refund at any time. We do not provide refunds or credits for partially elapsed billing periods. 
If you're a member who signed up via Apple, you’ll need to contact Apple support to request a refund for your paid channel membership. Apple’s refund policy will apply.

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)

The free channel membership offer can’t be redeemed on iOS devices. However, you can redeem your free channel membership on a computer.

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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