Use this article to stay up to date with the latest creator updates. Learn about recent updates for YouTube viewers here.
Updates from the past 2 weeks
- YouTube Giving Expansion: Monetizing creators and artists in the US, UK, and Canada now have access to YouTube Giving if they have 10K subscribers or more. There have been some updates to eligibility, as well. Learn more about YouTube Giving.
- Manage playlists in YouTube Studio: You can now create, edit, manage, and filter your playlists with the new experience in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- Custom URL in YouTube Studio: You can now manage your custom URL with the Customization page in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- YouTube Premium free channel membership: From November 9 to December 31, 2020, some users in Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., Japan, and South Korea will get 1 free channel membership per month if they sign up and pay for YouTube Premium or are existing paying YouTube Premium members (restrictions apply). Eligible viewers can see this promotion on your membership’s offer screen. You’ll earn the same amount as you would from 1 month of a paid membership. Learn more.
- Improved audience retention experience in YouTube Analytics: We’ve redesigned the Audience retention report to help you better understand your performance by highlighting key moments in YouTube Analytics. Learn more.
- Tools to avoid and resolve copyright claims: We've added new tools and updated existing tools to help you avoid and resolve copyright claims:
- Audio Library: The YouTube Audio Library has fully migrated to the new YouTube Studio. We've introduced an updated UI, starred tracks, and new advanced filters to help you discover tracks and sound effects to include in your videos.
- Add or replace song: The ability to replace your claimed audio with tracks from our Audio Library has migrated to YouTube Studio. We’ve also added the ability to add or replace multiple tracks on your video, which was previously limited to one track per video.
- Adjustable edits: We’ve added the ability to modify your edit’s start and end points when editing out the claimed portion of your video. This feature is available for Trim and Mute Song edits.
Updates from the past 6 monthsYouTube Studio
Note: for any updates regarding Analytics in YouTube Studio, check the Analytics section.
- Improved caption editing in YouTube Studio. You can now easily upload, edit, and insert captions for your videos with the new caption editor directly in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- New Customization experience in YouTube Studio: You can now easily manage your channel layout, branding, and basic info in one place with the new Customization page in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- Blur feature in YouTube Studio: We’re bringing an improved blur experience to YouTube Studio, giving you more options for face blur and custom blur. Learn more.
- Studio Permissions for Brand Accounts: Channel Permissions in YouTube Studio are a new and easy way for you to grant other people access to your channel data, tools, and features in YouTube Studio. Channel Permissions are now available to channels associated with a Brand Account. Learn more.
Playlist features going away soon: The following playlist features will be discontinued starting October 8th, 2020 due to low usage: video notes, translated playlist titles/descriptions, remove duplicates button, and auto add. Playlists are core to YouTube and you can still use other features to manage your playlists. Learn more.
- Classic editing effects going away soon: Classic editing effects will be going away after September 30, 2020. These features were rarely used and we’re removing them to enhance your experience in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- Advanced channel settings in YouTube Studio: You can now manage your advanced channel settings such as channel redirects and channel visibility directly in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- Community contributions going away soon: Starting this week, community contributions will be discontinued across all channels. You can still use your own captions, automatic captions, and third-party tools and services. You have until September 28, 2020 to publish your community contributions before they’re removed. Learn more.
- Editor (Limited) role in Studio Permissions: With the new Editor (Limited) role, you can now invite users to help manage your account in YouTube Studio without giving them access to your revenue data. Learn more.
- Improved card experience in YouTube Studio: You can now add cards directly from the video details page and while uploading a video in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
- New default channel layout: Channel pages will by default display content in 3 pre-configured sections: Uploads, Created playlists, and Subscriptions. Creators can still choose to customize their channel page and add up to 10 sections. Learn more.
- Feature changes for customizing your channel: Translated channel sections and vertical section layout will be discontinued July 15, 2020. We’re also redesigning featured channels to increase visibility on mobile. These features were rarely used and we’re removing them to simplify your experience, as well as focus on bringing channel customization to YouTube Studio later this year. Learn more.
- Automatic disclosure of paid product placements: Any video marked as containing paid promotions, such as paid product placements, sponsorships and endorsements, will show a disclosure saying that the video contains paid promotions.
- YouTube Giving Expansion: Monetizing creators and artists in the US, UK, and Canada now have access to YouTube Giving if they have 40K subscribers or more. There have been some updates to eligibility, as well. Learn more about YouTube Giving.
- Channel memberships prepaid experiment: Starting Aug 3rd, 2020, we’ll run an experiment that will allow viewers to purchase either a three-month or six-month channel membership in one single payment. This option will be available to most viewers in the US, India, France, Germany, and Spain for up to three months.
- A more balanced viewer experience and monetization potential for creators: The video length threshold to have mid-roll ad breaks in your videos has now been reduced from 10 minutes to 8 minutes. Automated mid-roll ad breaks are now the upload default for eligible videos longer than 8 minutes, and have been enabled on existing eligible videos. Learn more.
Policy and copyright
- Learn about YouTube’s recent policy updates here.
- New live stream features in YouTube Analytics: We’ve added new live stream features in YouTube Analytics that allows you to: see your live stream data within minutes, know when your viewers are on YouTube to better understand your audience, and see your total contributions of Live streams, Premieres, and Uploads with publish formats. See a summary of your latest video or live stream’s performance from your channel dashboard.
- New live stream features in YouTube Analytics: We’ve added new live stream features in YouTube Analytics that allows you to:
- New monetization metric in YouTube Analytics: You can now see how much money you’ve earned from multiple revenue sources with the Revenue per 1,000 views (RPM) metric in YouTube Analytics. Learn more.
- Manage tags, monetization, and rights in Live Control Room: You can now manage your live stream’s tags, rights, and monetization within Live Control Room. And settings found in the menu in Live Control can now be found in the Edit menu. Learn more about live stream settings.
Community and comments
- Experimenting with the “Held for review” tab in YouTube Studio: We’re experimenting with the “Held for review” tab in the Comments section of YouTube Studio. If you’re a part of the experiment, we'll expire comments from your "Held for review" tab after 60 days. We hope this helps creators quickly review the freshest comments, while removing less relevant ones. There is no change to published comments.
- Improved Stories navigation: Viewers can now see your next story by swiping up/down instead of left/right. Instead of swiping up to find comments, viewers can still tap Comments at the bottom of the screen.
- Watch Now Sticker for Stories: We’re replacing the Watch Later sticker with a “Watch Now” video sticker. The “Watch Now” video sticker links viewers directly to a video, instead of prompting them to add it to a Watch Later playlist. Learn more.
Subscriptions and notifications
- No new updates. Check back soon!
- Update to your channel page in the YouTube mobile app: You’ll now only see your public videos listed on your Home and Videos tabs of your channel page in the YouTube mobile app, so you can be sure your channel page only shows what your viewers see. All your videos (public, private, and unlisted) can now be managed from your Library under Your Videos. Similarly, you’ll now only see your public playlists in the Playlists tab of your channel page. All your playlists (public and private) can now be managed from your Library under Playlists. Learn more about video privacy settings.
- Coronavirus updates: For the latest updates on how we're addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please visit g.co/yt-covid19.
YouTube Studio app updates
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