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.

Community and Comments

  • 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.

Live Streaming

  • 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.

Policy and Copyright

  • 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.

Video Management 

  • 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 annotations: We will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019. The ability to create annotations was discontinued May 2017. 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.

YouTube Music

  • 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

YouTube Studio beta

  • Subtitle and caption files: You can now upload and download subtitle and closed caption files in YouTube Studio beta. 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.

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.

August 2018

  • Editor: The new editor, with trimming and end screens, is available to all channels. Cards, blurring, and more are on the way. Learn more
  • Tags: We've added a character limit to tags on the video Details tab.
  • Navigation: Instead of going to Analytics when you click on your published video, we now take you to the Details tab, which is more in line with the Classic navigation experience. If you want to see your analytics, click on your video and then the Analytics tab in the left-hand menu.
  • Search: We've added a play button to video search results that takes you to your live video.
  • Likes counter: We heard your feedback, and we’ve added a “Likes” counter on the Videos tab.
  • Scheduling: It is now easier to see if and when a video is scheduled right from the Videos tab.
  • Bulk actions: You can now perform bulk actions on your videos. Learn more

July 2018

  • Location tagging: You can now tag your video recording location in YouTube Studio beta. This will help viewers find your content when looking for that location. Learn more
  • Playlist options for videos: Creators can now add videos to a playlist from the Details tab.

June 2018

  • Defaulting channels: We’ve started making YouTube Studio beta the default for some channels. Creators can change their preference if they want here.
  • Video at a glance: A new card on the YouTube Studio beta dashboard compares your latest video's performance to previous videos. This will help you get a quick idea of how your video is performing.
  • Youtube Studio beta Dashboard: A new Dashboard launched to creators with English language settings.

Monetization

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

August 2018

  • Channel memberships: We’ve lowered the minimum eligibility threshold from 100,000 to 50,000 subscribers. Learn more
  • Super Chat for Good: If you’re in the US or Canada, you can set up a Super Chat stream where 100% of funds are automatically routed to a registered nonprofit. Learn more
July 2018
  • New name for Sponsorships: Channel memberships is the new name for sponsorships on YouTube. Learn more

June 2018

  • Teespring Expansion: We’ve expanded access to our Teespring merchandise shelf. To see if you're eligible, learn more.

  • Super Chat: You can now enable Super Chat from Android. Learn more

Policy and Copyright

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

July 2018

  • Child Safety: We’ve added info boxes to Video Manager and Upload pages to educate creators on child safety guidelines. Learn more about our policies here.

June 2018

  • Livestream copyright notifications: Creators are now notified via email when their stream receives a warning, or is ended for copyright issues

 

 

Analytics

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.

August 2018

  • Insights: We’re expanding a new feature called “Insights” to all English UI channels in YouTube Studio beta. This feature lets you know how quickly your channel is growing, and which videos help gain more subscribers. More to come!

June 2018

  • Custom Date ranges: Custom date ranges for Analytics are back in YouTube Studio beta to help you analyze data.
  • Latest activity card: The latest activity card in YouTube Studio beta (formerly known as the Real Time report) now has a toggle between 60 minutes and 48 hours, and shows the total views for that range.
  • [Experiment] Insights in Analytics: We’re introducing Insights to some creators in YouTube Studio beta. Insights are short, easy-to-read summaries of data that is important to you (i.e. how your channel has grown, or what content is contributing to subscriber growth).

 

 

Live streaming

July 2018

  • Webcam scheduling: You can now schedule a webcam livestream.This allows creators to plan in advance and manage multiple live streams with webcam.
  • Automatic captions for live streams:  Automatic captions on live streams are now available for iOS. Learn more

June 2018

  • Livestream copyright notification: Creators are now notified via email when their stream receives a warning, or is ended stopped for copyright issues.
  • Super Chat: You can now enable Super Chat from Android. Learn more

  • YouTube Premieres sneak peek at VidCon: We’ve shown a first glimpse of Premieres, which is a new way to live stream your pre-recorded content. Check out the teaser video

  • Creator Chat Highlights: Creator chats are now highlighted and pinned during a live chat. Learn more

Community and Comments

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.

August 2018

  • Comment mentions:  Usernames will now automatically appear in your reply to a comment reply. This feature is currently available for some Android & web users.

June 2018

  • Private messaging: The ability to send, receive or read private messages in Creator Studio is no longer available. All private messages have therefore been deleted. You’ll still have these options for communicating with YouTube users.
  • Improved accuracy of like & dislike counts: We’re making a system update to better catch spam in likes and dislikes across YouTube. Learn more here.    
  • Comment moderation: You can now hold potentially inappropriate comments, as identified by an algorithm, for your review. Learn more

Subscriptions and Notifications

November

  • 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 initially on desktop only.

August 2018

  • Larger avatars on mobile subs feed: We’ve increased the size of channel avatars on the mobile subs feed.
  • Gaming app subscriptions merge: In March, we started merging channel subscriptions between the YouTube Gaming app and the main YouTube app. We quickly heard feedback that this process was confusing, so now, you can decide whether or not to merge your subscriptions. Learn more
  • [Experiment] Subscriptions shelf on home: In an effort to improve discovery of subscriber content, we’re experimenting with adding a subscriptions shelf to the home page for a small group of creators.

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.

August 2018

  • Hashtag expansion to iOS and mobile web: We’re making hashtags more prominent on iOS and mobile web by hyperlinking hashtags in and above video titles.
  • YouTube Premium and YouTube Music expansion: Both subscription offerings are now available in additional countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Denmark.

July 2018

  • Information panel providing topical content: Viewers may see information from third parties, including Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation online, such as the moon landing. Learn more
  • [Experiment] Explore tab: We’ve started testing a new experiment by adding an “Explore” tab on the bottom navigation of the YouTube app on iPhone. This will replace the Trending tab, though the content of the current trending tab will be included in the Explore tab as well.

  • Flexible watch: Black bars for non-16:9 videos are no longer needed! YouTube’s video player now auto adjusts based off the video’s aspect ratio to optimize the viewing experience on iOS, Android, and Desktop. When publishing your videos to YouTube, make sure to no longer burn in those black bars

June 2018

  • YouTube Premium: We’ve renamed YouTube Red to YouTube Premium, and made it available in many more countries. Learn more.
  • YouTube Music: A new music streaming service from YouTube was launched in 17 markets. Learn more.

Video Management

August 2018

  • Editor: A new and improved Editor is now available in YouTube Studio Beta. Learn more
  • Enhancements sunsetting: Starting August 22, we’re sunsetting Enhancements on desktop. Learn more.

July 2018

  • Enhancements sunsetting: We’re announcing the sunsetting of Enhancements such as auto-fix, filters, and rotate for desktop. On August 22 we will turn these features off. Learn more.

June 2018

  • Spatial audio in 360-degree and VR videos: You can now experience a video’s sound in all directions, just like real life, with YouTube spatial audio. Learn more

Content Manager

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.
July 2018
  • Content Verification Program (CVP): CVP has upgraded to a new frontend with improved search capabilities. This is now accessible through the Manual Claiming tab of the Content ID interface in Content Manager. Learn more.
June 2018
  • Content ID: We have improved our Content ID matching technology to better identify your content in short segments and spherical videos. Learn more.
May 2018
  • Music in this video: Information about the music in a video will now be displayed underneath the player on many videos after they have been claimed by Content ID. In some cases, this information will link back to the song’s official video. Learn more.
  • Ownership transfers: You can now “request ownership” on assets with ownership conflicts. Requests surface in a new Ownership transfers queue, and the other owner can accept the request, reject the request, or allow the request to expire. Learn more.

Other Updates

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.
August 2018
  • Time watched profile: The time watched profile lets you see your daily average watch time and how long you’ve watched YouTube videos today, yesterday and over the past 7 days. This profile can help you manage your digital well-being.  Learn more.
July 2018
  • Hashtags:  Hashtags are now clickable, making it easier for users to find and use the hashtags that you’ve added to your videos. Learn more about adding hashtags to your videos.

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