Creator updates

Use this article to stay up to date with all the latest creator updates.

Latest Updates

Check here for all relevant features and updates that have launched in the past 2 weeks.

YouTube Studio beta

  • Subscriber list in YouTube Studio beta: You can now see a list of channels that have subscribed to your channel in the past 28 days, ordered by most popular, on your Dashboard in Youtube Studio beta. The list only shows subscribers who have chosen to make their subscriptions public. Learn more.

Previous Updates

Check here for all relevant features and updates that have launched in the past 6 months.

YouTube Studio beta

Note: for any updates regarding Analytics in YouTube Studio, check the Analytics section.

April 2019

  • Branding watermark in YouTube Studio beta: You can now add a custom branding watermark and manage its settings in YouTube Studio beta. Learn more.

  • Video editor available in RTL languages: The editor in YouTube Studio beta is now available to creators that have their YouTube interface set to a right-to-left language. Learn how to change your language on YouTube.

March 2019

  • Copy/paste tags in YouTube Studio beta: You can now copy and paste tags between videos you’ve uploaded in YouTube Studio beta. 
  • Preview your video while editing metadata: You can now see a preview of your video while updating its settings and metadata on the Details page in YouTube Studio beta. 
  • Video filename in YouTube Studio beta: You can now see the original filename of your video on the Details page in YouTube Studio beta. It will appear beneath a preview of your video on the right side of the page.
  • Upload defaults in YouTube Studio beta: You can now choose your default settings for video uploads in YouTube Studio beta. Find them in under Settings in the left menu.

February 2019

  • Strikes now appear on the dashboard: In YouTube Studio beta, you'll see a card on the dashboard if you have a Community Guidelines or copyright strike.

January 2019

  • Creator Insider videos on the dashboard: A card highlighting new Creator Insider videos has been added to the dashboard in YouTube Studio beta.
  • Video game titles in YouTube Studio beta: The "Game title" field has been added to YouTube Studio beta. When you select "Gaming" as your video's category, you can choose from a list of popular games to let viewers know which specific game your video is about.
  • Subtitle and caption files: You can now upload and download subtitle and closed caption files in YouTube Studio beta. Learn more.

December 2018

  • New navigation and UI: YouTube Studio beta has gone through some UI fixes, and has a new look and feel! Some changes include: 
    • A new white background and new font.
    • A hamburger menu in the top left for collapsing the left hand menu.
    • An easy way to go back to the dashboard from wherever you are by clicking the logo.
  • Live performance reports: You can now measure the performance of your live streams on the Interest viewers tab of YouTube Studio beta. 
  • Bulk actions in playlists: You can now add to or remove multiple videos from one of your playlists in bulk. Learn more about how to perform bulk actions here.

November 2018

  • Transcriptions page: You can now create, edit, and review translations of your video’s title and description by going to the Transcriptions page in YouTube Studio beta.
  • Edge browser support: You can now use YouTube Studio beta using Microsoft Edge.

October 2018

  • Reporting currency settings: You can now select your default currency for reports in YouTube Studio beta. Learn more
  • Video groups in YouTube Studio beta: You can now filter analytics in YouTube Studio beta by specific groups of videos. Learn more.
  • Create playlists from video details: When adding a video to a playlist under Videos > Details in YouTube Studio beta, you can now choose to create a new playlist.

September 2018

  • Default experience: New channels will default to Youtube Studio Beta as their home.

Monetization

March 2019

February 2019

  • Merch product picker: If you have access to the merch shelf, you can now choose the order in which merch appears. Learn more.

December 2018

  • Choose mid-roll ad placement in YouTube Studio beta: Customize where you want to place ad breaks in longer videos directly from the editor. Learn more.
  • Ad formats in YouTube Studio beta: Creators in the YouTube Partner Program can now choose ad formats in YouTube Studio beta. Learn more.

November 2018

  • Merchandise shelf international expansion: We’ve expanded access and availability to our merchandise shelf. To see if you're eligible, learn more

October 2018

  • YouTube Partner Program policy clarification: We’ve clarified some AdSense content quality guidelines that impact monetization. Learn more

Policy and Copyright

February 2019

  • Community Guidelines strikes: We introduced a new way we give Community Guidelines strikes, with more opportunities for everyone to understand our policies, a consistent penalty for each strike, and better notifications. We know that most people don’t mean to break the rules. So we’re giving you a chance to understand what went wrong before you face more severe consequences. You can learn more here.

December 2018

  • Policies around thumbnails and links: We’ve updated our policies around Thumbnails and links in your videos.  Thumbnails and links that don’t follow our Community Guidelines won’t be allowed on YouTube. You can learn more here
  • Policies around dangerous challenges or pranks: We’ve updated our policies regarding dangerous challenges and pranks. Challenges that present risk of death are not allowed on YouTube. Challenges featuring a child participating in dangerous challenges that pose an imminent risk of severe injury are also not allowed. Our updated policies can be found here.

November 2018

  • Video Copyright Info page: We’ve launched a new page in YouTube Studio that shows information about copyright claims on your videos. You’ll see an at-a-glance summary of the impact of claims on a video, including any channel impact and territorial restrictions, more information about the specific content claimed in the video, and indication of which content is contributing to specific restrictions.

September 2018

  • Copyright Match Tool: The Copyright Match Tool finds full re-uploads of your original videos on other YouTube channels. Once a match has been identified, you can review it in YouTube Studio and choose which action you'd like to take. Learn more

Analytics

April 2019

  • See daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly analytics: After you click See more to expand an analytics report in YouTube Studio beta, you can now update the chart to show individual data points for each day in the selected date range, or total data by week, month, or year.
  • Deeper geography and playback locations data: Geography data for individual US states is now available in YouTube Studio beta. You can also see more detailed information for your playback locations, such as individual channel pages where your video was played.
  • Geography data in realtime report: We have removed all geography data from the Realtime report. Learn more about limited data in YouTube Analytics.
  • See more on the realtime activity card: You can now click SEE MORE to expand the Realtime activity card. The Realtime activity card appears on the Overview tab of YouTube Analytics in YouTube Studio beta. Once expanded, you'll see realtime views from the last 60 minutes and the last 48 hours.

February 2019

  • Compare performance in YouTube Studio beta: You can now compare any of your videos, groups, or entire channel to another with a customized timeframe and/or filters. You'll see the option to Add comparison when you click to expand an analytics card.

January 2019

  • Analytics filters in YouTube Studio beta: You can now filter analytics data in YouTube Studio beta. Click on a card to expand it, then use the filter bar at the top. You can filter by things like viewer country or live vs. on demand videos.
  • Adjustments to impressions report: We've updated the "Impressions and how they led to watch time" report in YouTube Studio beta. Previously, this report showed all views and watch time your channel or selected video received. Now, the funnel will only show views and watch time that resulted from thumbnail impressions.

November 2018

  • Deeper data in YouTube Studio beta: We’ve added new dimensions, and levels of detail to reports in YouTube Studio Analytics. You can select dimensions like geography in key metrics cards. You can also see additional levels of detail, such as traffic sources included in “Browse features”.
  • Comparisons in YouTube Studio beta: You can now compare performance of your most recently uploaded video to your last upload or your typical performance. You'll see the comparison automatically on all key metrics cards in YouTube Analytics.

October 2018

  • Reporting currency settings: You can now select your default currency for reports in YouTube Studio beta. Learn more
  • Video groups in YouTube Studio beta: You can now filter analytics in YouTube Studio beta by specific groups of videos. Learn more.

September 2018

  • Transaction revenue data: Transactional revenue data now has its own card in YouTube Analytics. It shows a breakdown of revenue sources like Channel Memberships and Super Chat.
  • Exporting data in YouTube Studio beta: You can now export channel and video data from YouTube Studio beta. Learn more
  • Since Published date range: YouTube Studio beta now has a “Since Published” date range that allows you to see your video’s performance from the moment you published. We’ll soon add a comparison to previous videos using the same time since publish.

Live streaming

March 2019
  • Live Control Room: The new Live Control Room combines our live streaming tools into a single destination, designed for live creators. To access the Live Control Room from anywhere on YouTube, just click the creation icon and select “Go Live.”
December 2018
  • DVR for ultra low latency streaming: You can now enable DVR when streaming at an ultra-low latency setting. Learn more about live streaming latency.

Community and Comments

March 2019
  • Mention other creators in Stories:  You can now mention other creators in your Stories with mention stickers. Learn more about Stories.
  • Quicker access to stories for creators: Creators with access to stories can now create new Stories and see Stories from their own channel and other channels at the top of Home on mobile. These creators will not see the thumbnail preview behind the channel icon, as viewers do, but will in the future.
  • New Stories experience: We are improving the Stories experience across the mobile app to include a thumbnail preview of the story. This gives viewers insight into the story’s content. You'll see this on Home, the watch page, and the subscriptions feed.
  • New Stories section in subscriptions feed: We are rolling out a new, dedicated section for Stories in the subscriptions feed for all viewers. The rest of the subscriptions feed remains unchanged.
January 2019
  • Comments experiment: We're experimenting with showing text next to a commenter’s channel name. For example, you may see their number of subscribers, the number of creator hearts they've received, and if they are a top recipient of hearts from the creator of the channel.
  • New experiments for Stories: A small number of mobile users may see changes to how Stories show in their subscriptions and home feed, such as seeing a preview thumbnail of a story.
  • Community posts on desktop: If you're on desktop, you can now see community posts on the home page.
November 2018
  • Stories section on watch page: We’ve added a Stories section on the watch page. Your Stories will appear here, as well as on the Stories tab. Learn more.
  • Community posts launched to more creators: Creators with over 1,000 subscribers now have access to Community posts. Use polls, GIFs, text, images, and video to engage with your audience. Learn more.

September 2018
  • [Experiment] Mentions in posts: We’re experimenting with a new feature that allows you to mention other channels in Community posts. When viewers click on the mention in the post, they will be directed to the that channel page.

Subscriptions and Notifications

January 2019

  • Subscriptions shelf on home: To improve discovery of subscriber content, we’re adding a subscriptions shelf to the home page for all viewers. This is now available on all devices.

November 2018

  • Subscriptions shelf on home: To improve discovery of subscriber content, we’re adding a subscriptions shelf to the home page for all viewers. This is now available on all devices.

Viewer Updates

Below are viewer-related updates that may be of interest to you.

September 2018

  • [Experiment] Explore tab on Android: In July, we began testing a new "Explore" tab on some iPhones. We’ve received positive feedback, and are expanding this experiment to some Android users.

Video Management

January 2019

  • Download your videos with content ID claims: You can now download a video that you've uploaded if it has a content ID claim against it. You still can't download an uploaded video if it has a copyright or Community Guidelines strike against it. Learn more.
  • Removing automatic posting of YouTube activity via Twitter & Google+: After January 31st, the ability to automatically post your YouTube activity (uploads, liked videos, etc.) on Twitter and Google+ will no longer be available. You'll still have other ways to share to Twitter. Learn more.

November 2018

  • Removing Shows and Movies features: Starting January 15th, 2019, we’re removing the Shows playlist and movies features for ad supported content. Learn more.
  • Discontinuing video credits: Video credits aren’t frequently used, so we’re discontinuing them after January 31, 2019 to focus on other features. Learn more.
  • Discontinuing annotations: We will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019. The ability to create annotations was discontinued May 2017. Learn more.

Content Manager and Content ID

October 2018
  • Content ID: We’ve improved our Content ID audio matching technology to better identify re-uploads of your audio content. Learn more.
September 2018
  • Content ID: We’ve improved our Content ID melody matching technology to better identify cover video re-uploads. Learn more.

Other Updates

March 2019
  • Donation cards going away: As of April 2, 2019, donation cards will be going away, but we've rolled out a new fundraising solution to creators who previously raised more than $5000 via donation cards. We'll continue to expand access in the coming months, so keep an eye out on our Creator Blog for more details!
  • Removing Call-to-action overlays from Creator Studio: We’ve removed the option to add or edit call-to-action overlays to organic videos in Creator Studio and existing CTAs will be removed. Learn more
  • Donation cards going away: As of April 2, 2019, donation cards will be going away, but we've rolled out a new fundraising solution to creators who previously raised more than $5000 via donation cards. We'll continue to expand access in the coming months, so keep an eye out on our Creator Blog for more details!
January 2019
  • Google+ is going away: YouTube features that rely on Google+ will start to be unavailable over the next few weeks. Learn more.
December 2018
  • YouTube student memberships: Full-time students in United States who meet the eligibility requirement are now able to sign-up for a discounted YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium membership
November 2018
  • The quickstart guide to YouTube: We’ll show you how to quickly set up your channel, upload videos, align your branding, and understand our guidelines. Check out our Foundations courses
  • Making your shoot a success: We’ve launched new content to help you before, during, and after your shoot. Get tips on equipment, locations, lighting, sound, editing, and more! Check out our Production courses.

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