YouTube Partner Programme overview, application checklist and FAQ
Updated 8 March 2019:YouTube Partner Programme applications are currently taking longer than one month. We understand that this is frustrating, but we have a limited number of specialists who handle YPP reviews. We're trying to get through your applications as quickly as possible. You can check back here for updates.
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The YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) gives creators greater access to YouTube resources and features. This article provides an overview of available features, criteria for joining, an application checklist and some FAQ.
What you get
- Access to our Creator Support teams
- Access to the Copyright Match Tool
- Access to our monetisation features
Minimum eligibility requirements to join
- Follow all the YouTube Partner Programme policies.
- Live in a country or region where the YouTube Partner Programme is available.
- Have more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months.
- Have more than 1,000 subscribers.
- Have a linked AdSense account.
YouTube Partner Programme application checklist
Everyone can apply for YPP, but you do need to meet some of our guidelines. This checklist is meant to guide you through the application process.
- Make sure that your channel follows our policies and guidelines. When you apply, you'll go through a standard review process to see whether 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 see whether they continue to meet our policies and guidelines.
- Make sure that you only have one AdSense account. Once you're in the programme, you'll need an AdSense account to get paid. If you already have an AdSense account, use the one that's already approved. You can link as many channels as you have to a single AdSense account. If you don't have an AdSense account, you can create one while you're applying for YPP.
- Make sure that you have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 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.
- Apply for YPP. You can apply for YPP at any time, but your channel will only be reviewed once you meet our threshold. Follow these instructions:
- Sign in to YouTube.
- In the top right-hand corner, select your account icon > Creator Studio.
- In the left-hand menu, select Channel > Status and features.
- Under 'Monetisation', click Enable.
- Follow the on-screen steps.
- Get reviewed. When your channel meets the YouTube Partner Programme subscriber and watch hour threshold, it will automatically be put in a review queue. Our automated systems and human reviewers will then look at your channel's content to see whether it follows all our guidelines. You can check your application status at any time at https://www.youtube.com/account_monetization.
- If you're accepted into YPP: Congratulations! Here's a list of FAQ that we get from creators who have just joined YPP.
- 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 FAQ for tips on how to strengthen your application.
Once you meet our subscriber and watch-time thresholds, your application will be put in a queue. Our human reviewers will look at your channel as a whole to see whether it meets our YouTube Partner Programme policies.
We'll get back to you with a decision once your channel has been 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 the YPP. In these cases, multiple reviews may be needed, which means that it may take more time for a decision to be made.
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:
- Get tips from top creators in the Creator Academy.
- Learn solutions from other YouTube users in the YouTube Help Forum.
- Go to the Creator Site to learn, grow, and be connected to programmes, resources and events.
- Take a look at our YouTube Help channel and YouTube Creators channel to watch tutorials, troubleshooting and tips videos from the YouTube Help team.
See all the resources available to you as a creator.
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 human reviewers will look at your channel as a whole to see whether it meets our YouTube Partner Programme 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?
YouTube will not automatically remove your channel from YPP if it drops below the threshold. 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 Partner Programme policies, regardless of their watch hours and subscriber count.