YouTube Partner Program overview

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

To be considered for the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll need to:

Once you’re accepted into YPP, you’ll be able to:

More ways to make money on YouTube

We have features that allow your viewers to purchase digital and physical goods through YouTube. These features include:

These features have different eligibility requirements and aren’t available to everyone who is part of the YouTube Partner Program.

Eligibility & program threshold

You’re eligible to apply to join the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) if you meet all of these requirements:

This program threshold allows us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community, and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These standards also help us prevent potentially inappropriate content from monetizing, which can hurt revenue for everyone.

You can check your watch time and subscribers in YouTube Analytics. If you don’t meet the threshold yet, keep working to make original content and build your audience using tips from top creators.

How do I check my watch hours?

You can use the YouTube Analytics Watch time report to see your watch hours. The report defaults to showing watch hours in minutes, so make sure to change your view so that it shows watch time in hours. In the graph, click the Compare metric drop-down menu, then choose Watch time (hours).

See your Watch time report

Creator Studio Classic

You can go directly to the Watch time report or follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. In the top right, select your account > Creator Studio.
  3. In the left menu, click Analytics < Watch time.
  4. At the top of the report, you'll see information for Impressions > Click through rate > Views > Average view duration > Watch time.
  5. To download the report, click Export report in the top right.
How to apply
Follow the 4 steps to join the YouTube Partner Program from your account in Creator Studio or YouTube Studio beta. Once your channel reaches the program threshold, you'll be reviewed to join.
What happens when you apply
Once your channel reaches the program threshold, your channel activity is reviewed to make sure your content adheres to the YouTube Partner Program 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 > Monetization. The process may take up to several weeks.

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I drop below the program threshold?

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 monetization from channels if a channel is inactive and not uploading or posting Community posts for 6 months or more.

Channels will lose monetization if they violate any of the YouTube Partner Program policies, regardless of their watch hours and subscriber count.
What if I don't meet the program 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.
Does monetization status affect search results?
Monetization status is not used to inform how videos display on YouTube.
What happens if I lose access to YPP?

If it's determined that your channel is no longer eligible for monetization, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program.

If we’ve removed your ability to monetize due to a policy violation, you should start by going to the monetization page to read more about the policy your channel violated. Then review your videos against our YouTube Partner Program policies and our Community Guidelines. The next step is to edit or delete any videos that violate our policies.

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

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