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Channels enabled for memberships can create members-only perks. These perks are only available to your active paid members. These include custom emoji, badges, and access to perks you offer.
All perks you offer must comply with our channel membership policies.
Channel membership perks
You must develop at least one perk (and up to five perks) that you will offer to your members. Your perks must comply with our policies and terms, and you must deliver all creator perks you offer. YouTube takes no responsibility for your creator perks and you must carefully consider whether you will be able to deliver what you offer to your members' satisfaction.
Members-only Community posts
You can use the community tab
to share content only with your members. Follow these steps to make members-only Community posts:
- Click the Account icon and select My channel.
- Click the Community tab.
- In the dropdown menu, choose whether to make the post public or members-only. Public is the default setting.
- Enter your post in the text field.
- Click Post.
Creating members-only posts on the Community tab is only available to channels with memberships on the main YouTube site and app.
Members-only live chat
You can hold live chats that are exclusively for your members. Follow these steps on desktop to turn on members-only live chat:
- Sign in to your Google account.
- Go to Creator Studio.
- In the menu on the left, select Live streaming > Events.
- Under Chat, check the box next to Only members may send messages.
- Select Go live now.
See our Creator Academy
lesson for channel membership perks best practices, and tips & tricks.
Custom channel badges
Members will stand out in live chat, comments, and the Community tab via exclusive members-only badges.
Custom channel badges overview
There are six different badges, and each one highlights how long a viewer has been a member of your particular channel. The badge times count how long each member has cumulatively paid for a membership. For example, if an active member joined your channel a year ago, but only paid for a total of 9 months out of the past 12 months, their badge will show that they have been a member for 9 months.
Here are the durations associated with each of the 6 badges:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
- 2 years
Upload custom channel badges
If you don’t upload a different badge into each available slot, any empty slots will be filled by the highest custom badge that you have uploaded, or the default YouTube badge for that duration (if you have only uploaded custom badges at higher durations).
Custom channel badges specifications
File format: JPEG, or PNG files.
File size: Less than 1MB.
Image dimensions: 32px x 32px.
Badges will render at 14px x 14px in comments and the Community tab and 16px x 16px in live chat.
See our Creator Academy
lesson for custom channel badges best practices, and tips & tricks.
Upload custom emoji
Custom emoji specifications
Members will gain access to one or more exclusive custom emoji that can be sent via YouTube in any of your live chats. By default, there are no custom emoji. To upload custom emoji, go to youtube.com/channel_memberships
and select Add emoji
When you upload your first emoji, you will create a prefix name for all of your emoji, called a "family name." Members will use this name to auto-complete your emoji.
Choose this family name carefully as it cannot be changed once it is set, even by deleting and re-uploading all your emoji. Family names are not unique across YouTube and must be 3-10 characters.
As a best practice, we recommend picking a family name that is easily recognizable as your brand.
Each emoji will have a name that members can use to auto-complete in live chat. To change the emoji name, you must delete and re-upload the emoji. Emoji names must be 3-10 characters and unique within their emoji family (but not across YouTube).
Number of custom emoji you can upload
As you gain more members, you will unlock additional slots for more custom emoji. You will not be notified when new slots are unlocked.
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File format: GIF, JPEG, and PNG files are preferred. Note: GIFs will be displayed as a static image, not an animation.
File size: Less than 1MB.
Image dimensions: 48px x 48px (preferred) to 480px x 480px.
Emoji will show up in different sizes on mobile devices and on computer monitors. Here’s how to make sure your emoji look good on both platforms:
On mobile devices: Emoji show at 24x24 points. The image is scaled to match the pixel density of the device.
On most monitors: Emoji show at 24x24 points. On Retina and HiDPI devices, the images show at 48x48 points or higher.
What can I design?
Emoji are a way for your to express your creativity. Learn more about designing emoji
Keep in mind that all members-only perks — including badges, emoji, perks you offer, videos, live chats, and other content — offered through YouTube memberships are also subject to membership policies