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 Analytics
  • 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.
YouTube Studio
  • 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.
Other updates
 
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Previous updates

Updates from the past 6 months

YouTube Studio
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
October 2020
  • 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.
September 2020
  • 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.
August 2020
  • 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.

Monetization

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.

September 2020

  • 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.

Policy and copyright

 January 2021

October 2020
  • 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.
  • See previous copyright complaints: A “Copyright” page has been added to YouTube Studio. This page lets you keep track of copyright complaints you’ve submitted through our takedown form. Learn more.
  • Learn about YouTube’s recent policy updates here.

YouTube Analytics

February 2021

  • 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. 

September 2020

August 2020

  • See Audience Interests in YouTube Analytics: You can now see what other videos 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. 

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

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.

October 2020

  • 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.

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

October 2020
  • 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.
August 2020
  • 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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