Become a channel member on YouTube

Through recurring monthly payments, memberships on the main YouTube site and app allow you to purchase public badges and emoji, and provide 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 that 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 that 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.

Change your membership level

To upgrade

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership that you want to change and click See perks.
  2. Select the level that 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 rata in terms of how long is left of the month until your next payment date.

To downgrade

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

  1. Go to the channel page of the membership that you want to change and click See perks.
  2. Select Settings  and then click End membership & perks.    
  3. Go to the channel page of the membership that 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 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. Visit youtube.com/paid_memberships.
  2. Click See past purchases.
  3. Select Manage purchases and refunds.
  4. Find the membership that 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.

Cancelled 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 in which you cancelled it, 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 automatically be 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 that the channel cannot monetise with memberships – this is often a temporary state. If a channel is in 'paused mode', it means that 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 cancelled.

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 Programme), 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 that channel.

Channel membership refunds

Channel membership payments are non-refundable. If you notice an unauthorised 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 recognised 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.

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 that 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 coloured 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 will be pinned at the top of chat for five minutes
  • Access to members-only posts on the channel's Community tab (if offered by the channel)
  • Access to creator perks that 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 up as you go up each level. This means that 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 that you've already joined and then select See perks.

Subscribe to a channel that you've joined

If you're not already subscribed to the channel that 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've joined a channel, the following info will be publicly visible on YouTube and may be shared by the channel with third-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
Note: The channel may share this info with a small, select group of third-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 that you've joined. This list is not exhaustive:
  • All members have a visible badge that appears 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 five minutes that shows your channel name when hovered over. 
  • 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 third-party company).

Check and remove third-party site or app access

Remove third-party site or app access

If you gave account access to a site or app that 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 that 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 that you want to remove.
  5. Select Remove Access.

Report a third-party site or app

Follow these steps if you believe a site or app is misusing your data, for example, 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 that you want to report and then Report this app.

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

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