Become a channel member on the main YouTube app and site

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.

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 have 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.

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. Click Upgrade.
  4. You’ll immediately get access to the higher level. 
    • Pricing note: You’ll only be charged the difference in price in levels, pro rated for how long is left of the month until your next payment date.

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 click See perks.
  2. Select the Settings icon and then click End membership & perks.    
  3. Go to the channel page of the membership you want to change and click See perks.
  4. Click Join.
  5. Follow the prompts to enter your payment information.
  6. Click Buy.

Billing and access details for downgrades

  • You’ll get access to your original level until your next payment 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.
Cancel a channel membership
Open the membership management screen by clicking “See perks” on a channel page and then select the Settings icon and then click End membership & perks.
You can also cancel your membership at any time by following the steps below on a computer:
  1. Visit youtube.com/paid_memberships.
  2. Click See past purchases.
  3. Select Manage purchases and refunds.
  4. Find the membership you want to cancel and then select End membership.

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, or receives multiple Community Guidelines strikes. 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 is no longer part of the YouTube Partner Program), all monthly recurring payments to, and access to all membership perks from that channel will be cancelled immediately. Viewers who were active paid members at the time of termination will automatically be refunded for their last month’s payment for membership on your channel.

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.
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