Monetization icon changes between green and yellow

There are two different types of icons below. The one on the left is what you’ll see in Creator Studio Classic, and the one on the right shows icons in YouTube Studio beta and the YouTube Studio app.

If your video's monetization $ icon in Video Manager changes between green (monetizing) or and yellow (limited or no ads) or , it's because our automated ads systems run multiple scans to determine whether a given video meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

A video's classification may change after it's published as our systems continue to analyze more information from your video. We’re continuously working to make this process happen faster. If you think that a yellow icon is a mistake, you can request human review. Videos that were previously reviewed and have received a final appeal decision should not change.

What you can do

To get an early read on whether your content is likely to receive a yellow icon, you can upload a video as unlisted or private and check the monetization status before making the video public. Uploading as unlisted or private does not impact the performance of your video in our search and discovery systems, as those systems only begin to take effect when a video becomes public.

We typically do an initial classification of the video within 2 hours after upload. If the icon is yellow, you can take steps to ensure the video will be monetized before publishing it:

  • If your channel has more than 10,000 subscribers: You can request a manual review of your unlisted or private video regardless of its view count. Then, you can wait to publish the video until you’ve received an email update with the outcome of the review. Keep in mind that while waiting for the review decision, the video's icon may switch between yellow and green.
  • If your channel has fewer than 10,000 subscribers: Make sure you've reviewed our advertiser-friendly content guidelines — not just for the content of the video, but also for the title, description, thumbnail, and tags. If you make adjustments to the title, description, or thumbnail, the system will take another look at the video within 24 hours (without having to request a manual review).

Get human review on a monetization decision

We know our systems don't always get it right, so if you see a yellow icon and feel that it's a mistake, you can request a review. A review request gets sent to a human reviewer and their decisions help our systems get smarter over time.

Note: The video's icon status may change even after you've requested a review. Our systems continue to run their scans until the review has been completed. You'll know when a final decision has been made on your video when you get an email update, or see “confirmed by manual review” in your video list.
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