YouTube Partner Program new participant FAQs

Monetization features

What are the different ways to monetize?

Your access to features may change depending on the number of subscribers you have. Learn more about our different features and eligibility requirements.

I meet all the requirements, why can’t I turn on a specific feature?

Our reviewers also check your channel to see whether it’s appropriate for you to turn on a certain feature. Some features may not be available to you due to local legal restrictions or YouTube support capacity in your country/region or language.

Monetization icon and video appeals

What do all the icons mean?

Generally, the icons tell you about the monetization status of the video. Learn more about the monetization icon and how that impacts your revenue.

Can I appeal a yellow icon?

You can check your content against our advertiser-friendly content guidelines and examples. If your content meets all the criteria for “you can turn on ads for this content,” then you can file an appeal.

Access to the YouTube Partner Program

What happens if I drop below the program threshold?

YouTube will not automatically remove your channel from YPP if it drops below the threshold. But, YouTube does reserve the right, at its discretion, to remove monetization from channels if a channel is inactive and not uploading or posting Community posts for 6 months or more.

Channels will lose monetization if they violate any of the YouTube Partner Program policies, regardless of their watch hours and subscriber count.

What happens if I lose access to the YouTube Partner Program?

If it's determined that your channel is no longer eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and associated features.

If we’ve removed your channel from YPP due to a policy violation, you should start by going to the monetization page to read more about the policy your channel violated. Then, review your videos against our YouTube Partner Program policies and our Community Guidelines. The next step is to edit or delete any videos that violate our policies.

You can keep uploading original content and building your audience on YouTube even if you're not in the YouTube Partner Program. You can re-apply to the program after 30 days.


Does monetization affect search results?

Monetization status is not used to inform how videos display on YouTube. 

I can’t find the answer to my question. Help!

If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you have access to our Creator Support team. Learn how to get support.

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