Monetization icon guide for YouTube Studio

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If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you can turn on ads for videos -- if your video meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. If you’re not sure, check out the self-certification guidance in our advertiser-friendly content guidelines page. When you turn on ads, you’ll see a monetization icon next to each video.

The icons let you know if the video is monetizing. Whether you’ll get revenue depends on several factors, including copyright claims, revenue sharing, and advertiser-friendliness. Use this guide to help you understand what each icon means.

For more info about uploading a video for monetization and best practices, check out this article.

Generally speaking, if an icon is green, you can set live. If you see the checking icon, wait. If an icon is yellow, you can set live, make adjustments, or make an appeal.


You’ll see this icon when our systems are checking a video for ad-suitability.

Our system usually takes less than 20 minutes and at most 1 hour. You’ll see the monetization status shown when the check is complete. During that time, no ads are shown. To make sure that you maximize revenue potential, we recommend you upload as unlisted or private for 1 hour before going public.New Monetization Icon: Check Ad-Suitability Before Your Video Goes Public


You turned on monetization, and because the video meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines, it’s eligible for most ads. Keep in mind that you may not get all the ad revenue for this video. Sometimes, your revenue may be temporarily held because of a copyright dispute.

What the green icon means for you.

  • If the status description says “on”: You’re earning full revenue on this video.
  • If the status description says “Copyright claim”: Revenue may be temporarily held because there's a copyright claim on it. Revenue will eventually go to the appropriate owner once the claim or dispute has been resolved. Learn more about monetization during Content ID disputes.
  • If the status description says “Exceptions”: This video is only eligible for non-personalized ads because its audience is set as made for kids


You turned on monetization for this video, but because it doesn’t meet all our advertiser-friendly content guidelines, brands may choose to opt out on content. This generally means you may earn less revenue on this content (because fewer ads are likely to appear) compared to content that’s suitable for advertisers.

What the yellow icon means for you.

  • If the status description says “causing limited or no ads. You can request a review”: That means our automated systems assessed this video. You can request a review, which means a person who specializes in content assessment will look at the video again, and if appropriate, can change the video’s monetization status.
  • If the status description says “currently causing limited or no ads, but video is under review”: That means a policy specialist (a real person, not a machine) is reviewing this video. Our specialists can keep or change the monetization status, and their decision is final.
  • If the status description says “currently causing limited or no ads. Confirmed by manual review”: That means our policy specialists have looked at the video, and believe that it doesn’t meet all of our advertiser-friendly content guidelines. The yellow icon status is locked and cannot be changed.


You turned on monetization for a cover video of a song, but a music publisher claimed it. This music publisher has previously agreed to share revenue with creators in YPP who make music covers.

What the yellow icon means for you.

  • If the status description says “Copyright claim. Revenue sharing”: That means you’ll get some, but not all revenue for this video. Learn more about revenue sharing and monetizing eligible cover videos.


You turned on monetization, but there’s a copyright claim on the video. It cannot be monetized.

What the red icon means for you.

  • If the status description says “copyright claim”: That means another party who uses our Content ID system has a copyright claim on content in the video. Sometimes you can file a dispute.
  • If the status description says ”copyright claim” and “account strike”: That means you filed a dispute, but the copyright owner disagrees and has asked for your video to be taken down. When that happens, a copyright strike is added to your account.


You chose not to turn on monetization for this video.

What the gray icon means for you.

  • If the status description says “copyright claim. Eligible for revenue sharing”: That means someone else owns the copyright on content within your video. Ads are running and revenue is going to the copyright owner. The good news for you is that the copyright owner is open to sharing revenue with you. If you change the monetization status to “on,” you’ll get partial revenue for this video.

Why the icon changes from green to yellow

Sometimes, a video's monetization icon in Video Manager changes between green (monetizing) or and yellow (limited or no ads) or . This is because our automated ads systems run multiple scans to figure out whether a video meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

A video's classification may change after it's published as our systems continue to analyze more info from your video. We’re continuously working to make this process faster and more stable.

What you can do about icon changes

Before you push your video live

If you want to check the monetization status before making the video public, you can upload it as unlisted. A video's classification may change in the first 24–48 hours of upload. It generally stabilizes after 48 hours. Bear in mind that it can change again based on how viewers engage with your video.

After your video has gone live

If you think that a yellow icon is a mistake, you can request human review. Videos that were previously reviewed and have gotten a final appeal decision should not change. Learn more about how monetization reviews work, and when you should request one.

See a list of your yellow icon videos

To see a list of your videos that have yellow icons, you can filter the Monetization status in your Video section of Creator Studio. To request a copy of your video list, contact Creator Support.

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