Channel memberships eligibility, policies, & guidelines
Channel memberships allow viewers to join your channel through monthly recurring payments and get members-only perks like badges, emoji, and other goods you offer. Find out if you’re eligible, and if you are, these are the policies and guidelines that will help steer you out of trouble.
To be considered for channel memberships on the main YouTube site and app, you have to meet these minimum requirements:
- Your channel must have more than 50,000 subscribers
- Your channel is in the YouTube Partner Program
- You are over 18 years old
- You are located in one of the available locations
- You (and your MCN, if applicable) have agreed to and are complying with our terms and policies (including the applicable Commerce Product Addendum)
- You have zero live strikes
Note: You may see memberships on some channels with less than 50,000 subscribers. These are channels that helped test memberships, and they have been allowed to keep this feature.
If you have channel memberships on YouTube Gaming and meet eligibility criteria for the main YouTube app and site, go to youtube.com/channel_memberships. If you’re eligible, you'll see a banner at the top explaining what to do. Learn more about memberships eligibility on YouTube Gaming.
Channel membership on the main YouTube site and app is currently available to eligible creators in the following locations:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
Learn how to set your location setting.
Channel memberships policies and guidelines
Channel memberships policies
- YouTube’s Community Guidelines
- YouTube Partner Program policies
- Commerce Product Addendum
- Participating creators can see the Commerce Product Addendum at youtube.com/paid_features_signup
- Channel membership content and perk guidelines
All channel membership benefits you offer — including badges, emoji, perks, videos, live chats, and other content — are subject to membership policies and guidelines.
While you can offer things of value that make your members feel special, the following members-only benefits are not allowed under our policies and terms:
- Downloads of content (including music) available on YouTube
- In-person 1:1 meetings
- Anything that one or some (but not all) of your members are chosen to receive at random including, but not limited to
- Perks that are marketed, directed, or targeted, to children, or that may be attractive to, or inappropriate for, children (including encouraging children to ask their parents to join your channel membership).
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Warnings and strikes
All content on YouTube is subject to our Community Guidelines. Anything you offer as part of channel memberships must meet the same policy standards as any content you post.
What happens if your memberships perks violate our guidelines & policies
Channel memberships perks you submit are reviewed by our team before they are seen by the public, and inappropriate perks will be rejected. For minor violations, you’ll receive a warning. For serious or repeated violations, you may receive a Community Guidelines strike.
What happens if you receive a strike
We understand that users make mistakes and don’t intend to violate our policies — that’s why strikes don’t last forever and can be appealed. Each strike expires after 90 days.
While you have a strike on your account, you may not have access to some features on YouTube. You can see what features are active in your account's Status & Features.
- Two strikes: If you have two strikes within the same three-month period on your YouTube account, in addition to other features you may lose, channel memberships will also be paused until your channel drops back to having no more than one strike.
- Three strikes: If your account receives three Community Guidelines strikes within a three-month period, your account will be terminated.
If you believe that the strike was issued without just cause, you can appeal the strike on your account.
If membership is terminated on a channel (including, by voluntarily disabling it, or as a result of breaching our terms or policies, or being removed from the YouTube Partner Program), all active paid members on that channel at the time of such termination will receive a refund of their last month’s payment for membership on that channel, and the channel’s share of the revenue to be refunded will be deducted from the channel.