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YouTube Partner Programme overview

We'll be making updates to the YouTube Partner Programme eligibility thresholds starting 20 February 2018. Channels will need to have 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers to be reviewed to join the programme. Get more details on the YouTube Creator Blog.

The YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) lets creators monetise their content on YouTube. Creators can earn money from advertisements served on their videos and from YouTube Red subscribers watching their content. You can apply to join the YouTube Partner Programme from your account in Creator Studio.

Access to creator features
Note that your channel currently needs to be in the YouTube Partner Programme in order to access certain features, such as end screens and cards that link to associated websites, crowdfunding, or merchandise sites.
 
When YPP eligibility requirements are updated on 20 February 2018, channels that currently have access to these features will continue to have access even if they're no longer in YPP. We'll be building out new eligibility criteria for this external linking feature. Get more information in our YPP FAQs

How to apply for the programme

Eligibility & programme threshold

All YouTube creators can apply to join as long as the programme is available in your country. Once a channel reaches 10,000 public channel views, it will be reviewed to join the programme. You can check your channel's view count at Creator Studio > Channel > Monetisation.

If you don't have enough views, keep working to make original content and build your audience using tips from top creators.

This view count threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel. It also allows us to confirm if a channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies. 

How to apply

You can follow the 4 steps to join the YouTube Partner Programme from your account in Creator Studio. Once your channel reaches the programme threshold, your channel activity will be reviewed.

What's reviewed when you apply

Once your channel reaches the programme threshold, your channel activity is reviewed to make sure that your content adheres to the YouTube Partner Programme policies, YouTube Terms of Service, YouTube spam policies and our Community Guidelines.
We'll email you to let you know as soon as the process is complete. You can also check the status of your application at Creator Studio > Channel > Monetisation. The process may take up to several weeks.
  • If you're approved: You'll start earning money on YouTube straight away if you've already chosen the videos that you want to monetise.
  • If you're not approved: If your channel isn't approved to join the programme, it's probably because we cannot determine whether your channel's activity complies with the YouTube Partner Programme policies and Community Guidelines.

    You can keep uploading original content and building your audience on YouTube even if you're not in the YouTube Partner Programme – and you can re-apply again in 30 days.

If your YPP participation is suspended

If it's determined that your channel is no longer eligible for monetisation, your channel will lose access to all monetisation tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Programme. Learn more about what to do if monetisation is disabled for your channel

You can keep uploading original content and building your audience on YouTube even if you're not in the YouTube Partner Programme. You can re-apply to the programme 30 days after suspension. 

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