Monetisation icon guide for YouTube Studio

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If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme, you can turn on ads for videos – if your video meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

When you turn on ads, you'll see a monetisation icon next to each video. The icons let you know if the video is monetising. 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 monetisation and best practices, take a look at this article.

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

 Checking

You'll see this icon in your video list when our systems are checking a video for ad suitability. No ads are shown while the check is running.

Our systems check for ad suitability during the upload process. This usually takes less than 20 minutes and at most one hour. You'll see the monetisation status when the check is complete. To make sure that you maximise revenue potential, we recommend that you wait for checks to be completed before making your video public.

Copyright Takedowns & Content ID - Copyright on YouTube

On

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

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 'Exceptions': This video is only eligible for non-personalised ads because its audience is set as Made for Kids

 Sharing

You turned on monetisation 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 green icon means for you:

  • If the status description says 'Copyright claim. Revenue sharing': This means that you'll get some, but not all revenue for this video. Learn more about revenue sharing and monetising eligible cover videos.

 Escrow

You turned on monetisation, and revenue is being held separately during the Content ID dispute process, and once the dispute is resolved, we'll pay it out to the appropriate party.

What the green icon means for you:

  • If the status description says 'Copyright claim': This means that the video was found to contain copyrighted material and the copyright owner is reviewing your dispute or appeal. Learn more about monetisation during Content ID disputes.

Limited

You turned on monetisation for this video, but because it doesn't meet all of our advertiser-friendly content guidelines, brands may choose to opt out on content. This generally means that 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': This means that our automated systems assessed this video. You can request a review, which means that a policy specialist will look at the video again and, if appropriate, can change the video's monetisation status.
  • If the status description says 'currently causing limited or no ads, but video is under review': This means that a policy specialist (a real person, not a machine) is reviewing this video. Our specialists can keep or change the monetisation status, and their decision is final.
  • If the status description says 'currently causing limited or no ads. Confirmed by manual review': This means that 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.

Ineligible

You turned on monetisation, but there's a copyright claim on the video. It cannot be monetised.

What the red icon means for you:

  • If the status description says 'copyright claim': This means that a rightsholder has either claimed your video using our Content ID system or issued a complete and valid copyright takedown request for your video because it uses their copyright-protected work without authorisation. As a result, you are no longer monetising the video.

 Off

You chose not to turn on monetisation for this video.

What the grey icon means for you:

  • If the status description says 'copyright claim. Eligible for revenue sharing': This means that 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 monetisation status to 'on', you'll get partial revenue for this video.

Why the icon changes from green to yellow

Sometimes, a video's monetisation icon in Video Manager changes between green (monetising) 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 analyse 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

We recommend waiting for checks to be completed during upload before pushing your video live. Learn more about self-certification.

After your video has gone live

A video's classification may change in the first 24–48 hours after being uploaded. It generally stabilises after 48 hours. Bear in mind that it can change again based on how viewers engage with your video. If you think that a yellow icon is a mistake, you can request human review. Videos that were previously reviewed and have received a final appeal decision should not change. Learn more about how monetisation 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 Monetisation status in your Video section of YouTube Studio. To request a copy of your video list, contact Creator Support.

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