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Set up an AdSense account for payments

You may be experiencing an issue where you can't switch Google Accounts when signing up for AdSense. To change accounts, sign out of all Google Accounts except the one you want to associate with AdSense. Learn how on the AdSense Known Issues page.

In order to earn money from your videos and get paid, you need to associate an approved AdSense account with your YouTube channel. You can create a new AdSense account or associate an existing one.

You can monetize more than one YouTube channel with the same AdSense account. Just follow the instructions below to add the channel(s) to an approved AdSense account. 

How to link your AdSense account to your YouTube channel

There are four ways to associate an AdSense account with your YouTube account. Note that you're only allowed to maintain one AdSense account under the same payee name per AdSense's Terms and Conditions.

Use an approved AdSense account
  1. Go to the Monetization page. Get there by clicking your icon in the top right > Creator Studio. Then, in the left menu, click Channel > Monetization.
  2. Go to the "How will I be paid?" section.
  3. From the AdSense Association page, follow the "next" step to be directed to AdSense.
  4. At the bottom of the page, select the option Yes, proceed to Google account sign in to choose the Google Account you want to use.
  5. Enter the password for your Google Account.
  6. Accept the association and you'll be redirected back to YouTube.
  7. Once your account is activated, you'll see a message to inform you that your AdSense account has been associated in your YouTube account. Note that it may take up to 48 hours for the association to be fully active.
Create a new AdSense account 
  1. Go to the Monetization page. Get there by clicking your icon in the top right > Creator Studio. Then, in the left menu, click Channel > Monetization.
  2. Go to the "How will I be paid?" section.
  3. From the AdSense Association page, follow the "next" step to be directed to AdSense.
  4. Select the option at the bottom of the page to choose the Google Account you want to use.
  5. Enter the password for your Google Account.
  6. Accept the Adsense association.
  7. Provide your contact information and submit your AdSense application.
  8. You'll be redirected back to YouTube and will see a message saying that your AdSense application has been received.
  9. Adsense will update you by mail once your AdSense account is approved. Your AdSense ID will be updated on the AdSense Association page. Note that it may take up to 48 hours for the association to be fully active.
Change your AdSense association
  1. Go to the Monetization page. Get there by clicking your icon in the top right > Creator Studio. Then, in the left menu, click Channel > Monetization.
  2. Go to "Review or change AdSense association."
  3. From the AdSense Association page, click Change.
  4. At the bottom of the page, select Yes, proceed to Google account sign in to choose the Google Account you want to use.
  5. Accept the association and you'll be redirected back to YouTube.
  6. Your AdSense Publisher ID will be updated on the AdSense Association page.
Use YouTube's content management system (Content ID)

To associate an AdSense account with your content owner account:

  1. Access the Settings Overview page for your YouTube content owner.
  2. In the AdSense section of the page, click the Edit icon .
  3. Click Continue to AdSense to be redirected to AdSense.
  4. Select the Google Account you want to use to sign in to AdSense. If you're already an AdSense publisher, you must sign in with the Google Account that you use to access your AdSense account.
  5. Enter the password for your Google Account if prompted.
  6. Confirm the YouTube channel you're associating the AdSense account with, and choose the primary language for the channel. Although you select one YouTube channel to complete the AdSense association, YouTube will serve ads on all channels linked to your content owner.
  7. Click Accept Association and provide your billing information if prompted.

Once you've completed this process, you'll be redirected back to YouTube. You might get an email from AdSense with an update. Learn more about AdSense's application review waiting times.

 
It can take up to 24 hours for our systems to reflect the association after you link your AdSense account to your YouTube account.

Note: If your YouTube channel's monetization has been disabled, you can't associate an AdSense account. Get help if monetization is disabled for your channel.

Get tips and best practices on how to associate your YouTube and AdSense accounts in the Creator Academy.

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