Creator updates

Use this article to stay up to date with the latest creator updates. Learn about recent updates for YouTube viewers here.

Latest updates

Updates from the past 2 weeks

 
YouTube Studio
  • Add subtitles and captions during the upload process: You can now add subtitles and captions to your video during the upload process in YouTube Studio. Learn more.
Community and comments
  • Post with up to 5 images on Android: You can now post with up to 5 images or animated GIFs on Android devices. Learn how.
  • Scheduling Community posts: You can now schedule Community posts (including photos, text, GIFs, and polls) and view scheduled posts on iPhones. Learn more.
 
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Previous updates

Updates from the past 6 months

YouTube Studio
April 2021
  • Change your banner image on mobile: You can now change your banner image on the go with the YouTube mobile app on Android and iOS. Learn more
 
March 2021
  • New Checks feature in YouTube Studio: You can now screen your video for potential copyright and ad suitability issues during the upload process. This allows you to address issues before publishing your video. Learn more.
  • New filter for held comments in YouTube Studio: Comments in the Held for Review tab that are potentially more hurtful than others will now be filtered into a new section. You can find these comments by clicking “Show hidden comments'' at the bottom of the “Held for review” comment moderation tab. Note that this filter may not always show, and it can’t be turned off. 
 
February 2021
  • Save as new feature going away soon: The save as new feature in YouTube Studio will be discontinued after March 17, 2021 due to low usage. Learn more.
 
November 2020
  • 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

Monetization

March 2021
  • Submit U.S. tax info: Google is required to collect tax info from creators in the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). If any tax deductions apply, Google will withhold taxes on YouTube earnings from viewers in the U.S. from ad views, YouTube Premium, Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Channel Memberships. Please submit your U.S. tax info in AdSense as soon as possible. Learn more here
  • Update to our advertiser-friendly content guidelines: Based on creator and advertiser input, we’ve updated our advertiser-friendly content guidelines to allow more content to become eligible for full monetization (green icon) while continuing to maintain advertiser industry standards. Learn more here
 
November 2020
  • 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.

Policy and copyright

January 2021
 
  • Learn about YouTube’s recent policy updates here.

YouTube Analytics

March 2021
  • New traffic source for impressions in YouTube Analytics: Impressions from the YouTube TV app will now be counted in YouTube Analytics. With this change, you may see a difference in your impressions and click-through-rate, but it won’t affect your performance. Learn more.
 
February 2021
  • New Realtime subscriber report in YouTube Analytics: You can now see your total subscriber count over time and celebrate key milestones within YouTube Analytics. Learn more
  • New audience metrics in YouTube Analytics: You can now compare the number of returning & new viewers that watch your channel in the Audience tab within YouTube Analytics. This allows you to understand trends and plan your content strategy. Learn more.
  • See Audience Interests in YouTube Analytics: You can now see what other channels your audience watched on the Audience tab in YouTube Analytics. This allows you to find topics for new videos, title or thumbnail ideas, and collaboration opportunities. Learn more.
 
November 2020
  • Google Analytics linking going away: The ability to link your channel to Google Analytics will be discontinued on November 17, 2020. If you already have a link setup, you can view your updated channel page data until February 1, 2021. 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. 

Live streaming

November 2020
  • New Premieres features: Live redirect, and trailers. Creators can now make a finished live stream redirect to a Premiere, and show a trailer of an upcoming video before their Premiere. Learn more.
 
December 2020
  • 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

March 2021
  • New filter for held comments in YouTube Studio: Comments in the Held for Review tab that are potentially more hurtful than others will now be filtered into a new section. You can find these comments by clicking “Show hidden comments'' at the bottom of the “Held for review” comment moderation tab. Note that this filter may not always show, and it can’t be turned off. 
  • Experiment with like/dislike button designs on mobile: With a small group of users, we’re testing designs for the like and dislike buttons on video watch pages. Some of these designs won’t include a visible like or dislike count. If you're in the experiment, you can still like or dislike a video to help tune the recommendations you see on YouTube. You’ll also still be able to see the exact number of likes and dislikes on your videos in YouTube Studio. 
  • Reduced waiting time for Stories access: The turnaround time for access to Stories has been reduced from a maximum of 8 weeks down to 7 days. It will take up to 1 week to see the Stories feature after passing 10,000 subscribers. Learn more.
 
February 2021
  • @Mentions now available on mobile: You can now create and edit mentions on mobile if your channel has more than 1,000 subscribers. You can use mentions in posts, stories, and video titles and descriptions to shout-out, collaborate with, and tag fellow creators. Learn more.
 
December 2020
  • Manage Community posts in Studio: You can now view, sort, and manage your Community posts directly from the “Content“ tab (formerly the “Videos” tab) in YouTube Studio. Now using channel permissions, you can also allow your team to help you edit and comment on posts. Learn more.
  • Streamlined comment moderation in Studio: We’ve merged the two comment moderation tabs, “Held for review” and “Likely spam,” in YouTube Studio. Now, comments automatically held by YouTube will appear in the combined “Held for review” tab for up to 60 days. Learn more.

Subscriptions and notifications

November 2020
  • 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.

Other updates

March 2021
  • Channel memberships prepaid experiment: Starting March 22, 2021, some viewers can buy a 6-month channel membership in one non-recurring payment. This option will be available to most viewers in the US, India, France, Germany, and Spain. Viewers may be offered a discount on a 6-month membership. YouTube will cover the cost of the discount for this experiment, so Creators will earn the same amount from discounted memberships.
  • Supervised experience on YouTube (launched in beta): Supervised experience on YouTube is a new choice for parents to allow their children (under 13 or relevant age in their country/region) to access YouTube through a supervised account.
 
February 2021

YouTube Studio app updates

Learn about the latest YouTube Studio app updates here.
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