YouTube Partner Programme overview and eligibility

Update June 2020: There are no changes to our policies with this article update. We've updated this article to provide more transparency that YouTube may disable monetisation for channels that haven't uploaded a video or posted to the Community tab for 6 months or more.

The YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) gives creators greater access to YouTube resources and features. This article provides an overview of the available features, criteria for joining, an application checklist and some FAQs.

Intro to Making Money on YouTube

What you get

Minimum eligibility requirements to join

  1. Follow all the YouTube monetisation policies.
    • The YouTube monetisation policies are a collection of policies that allow you to monetise on YouTube. If you're a YouTube partner, your agreement including the YouTube Partner Programme policies requires compliance with these monetisation policies in order to potentially earn money on YouTube.
  2. Live in a country or region where the YouTube Partner Programme is available.
  3. Have more than 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months.
  4. Have more than 1,000 subscribers.
  5. Have a linked AdSense account.

YouTube Partner Programme application checklist

Everyone who meets our threshold can apply for YPP, but you do need to meet some of our guidelines to be considered. This checklist is meant to guide you through the application process.

  1. Make sure that your channel follows our policies and guidelines. When you apply, you'll go through a standard review process to check if your channel meets our policies and guidelines. Only channels that meet them will be accepted into the programme. We also constantly check channels in the programme to make sure that they continue to meet our policies and guidelines.
  2. Enable 2-Step Verification for your Google Account, which means that you'll protect your account with both your password and an additional device. Not having 2-Step Verification may cause a delay in your application review, so we highly recommend doing this. Visit g.co/2sv to get started.
  3. Have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 valid public watch hours. When we assess channels for YouTube Partner Programme access, we need context. When you reach this threshold, it usually means that you have more content. The threshold helps us make a more informed decision about whether your channel meets our policies and guidelines. You can only apply for YPP once you reach this threshold. 
  4. Sign YPP terms. You can ask to be notified when you reach the subscriber and public watch hour threshold. Once your channel meets the threshold, follow these instructions:
    1. Sign in to YouTube.
    2. In the top right-hand corner, click your profile picture > YouTube Studio.
    3. In the left-hand menu, click Monetisation.
    4. If you're under the threshold, click Notify me when I'm eligible to get an email when you've reached 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours over the past 12 months. If you meet the threshold, click Start on the 'Review Partner Programme terms' card. 
    5. Once you've signed the terms, we'll mark this step with a green 'Done' sign on the 'Review Partner Programme terms' card. 
  5. Make sure that you only have one AdSense account. As part of the application process, you'll need to connect an AdSense account to get paid. 
    1. Click Start on the 'Sign up for Google AdSense' card. 
      • If you already have an AdSense account, use the one that's already approved. You can link as many of your channels as you want to a single AdSense account.
      •  If you don't have an AdSense account, you can create one by following the on-screen instructions.
    2. Once you've connected your AdSense, we'll mark this step with a green 'Done' sign on the 'Sign up for Google AdSense' card. 
  6. Get reviewed. Once you sign the YouTube Partner Programme terms and connect an AdSense account, your channel will automatically be put in a review queue. Our automated systems and human reviewers will then review your channel's content to check if it follows all of our guidelines. You can check your application status at any time at https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UC/monetization.
    1. If you're accepted into YPP: Congratulations! You can now set up ad preferences and enable monetisation on your uploads. Here's a list of FAQs that we get from creators who have just joined YPP. 
    2. If you're rejected from YPP: Our reviewers found that a significant portion of your channel doesn't meet our policies and guidelines. You can re-apply 30 days after your rejection. Take a look at our FAQs for tips on how to strengthen your application.

Review process

Once you meet our subscriber and watch time thresholds, you've signed the YouTube Partner Programme terms and connected an AdSense account, your application will be put in a queue. Our human reviewers will assess your channel as a whole to check if it meets our YouTube monetisation policies.

We'll get back to you with a decision once your channel is reviewed (typically about one month after you meet the threshold).

Note: Sometimes, you may need to wait more than a month. There can be multiple reasons for delays – higher than usual application volumes, system issues or we may occasionally need to shift resources. Our policy specialists try to get through applications as quickly as possible, but delays can happen because we have a limited number of specialists.

 

Can you speed up my application?

No. Our teams can't speed up your application. All applications are put in a queue and will be processed in the order in which they are received. Sometimes channels require multiple reviews, especially if multiple reviewers disagree on your channel's suitability for YPP. In these cases, multiple reviews may be needed, which means that it may take more time for a decision to be made.

Stay active to keep making money

As the YouTube Partner Programme continues to grow, it's important to maintain a healthy, active ecosystem of channels. In order to focus our support for creators who are active and engaged with the community, we may disable monetisation on channels that haven't uploaded a video or posted to the Community tab for 6 months or more.

Application FAQ

What if I don't meet the programme threshold?

If you don't meet the threshold yet, keep working to make original content and build your audience. Here are some resources that can help you grow your channel:

See all the resources available to you as a creator.

What does 'valid public watch hours' mean?

Not all watch hours count towards the YouTube Partner Programme threshold. 

What counts as a valid public watch hour:
  • Watch hours gained from videos that you've set public
Watch hours gained through the following types of video do not count towards the YPP threshold: 
  • Private videos
  • Unlisted videos
  • Deleted videos
  • TrueView campaigns 

If I meet the threshold, do I automatically get into YPP?

No. Every channel that meets the threshold will go through a standard review process. Our team will review your channel as a whole to check if it meets our YouTube monetisation policies. Only channels that follow our policies and guidelines are able to monetise.

What happens if my counts drop below the threshold after I apply?

We'll send your channel for review once you meet our valid public watch hours and subscriber threshold. So, it doesn't matter if your subscriber or watch hour counts drop below the threshold while waiting for review. If you've met the threshold and applied for YPP, we'll still review your channel for YPP suitability.

But YouTube does reserve the right, at its discretion, to remove monetisation from a channel if that channel is inactive and not uploading or posting Community posts for 6 months or more.

Channels will lose monetisation if they violate any of the YouTube monetisation policies, regardless of their watch hours and subscriber count.

What if I already applied in Creator Studio Classic?
If you started the application process in Creator Studio Classic, your experience may be slightly different. If you have previously:
  • Signed the YouTube Partner Programme terms, we've saved your agreement. You'll need to connect your AdSense account, or sign up for one in YouTube Studio once you reach the threshold. 
  • Signed the YouTube Partner Programme terms AND connected your AdSense account, we've saved your agreement and your AdSense details. Once you reach the threshold, your channel will automatically be added to the YPP review queue.
New to YPP and unsure where to look next? Take the Welcome to YPP lesson on Creator Academy.
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