Understand authorisation charges from YouTube

After you sign up for a trial of a paid membership on YouTube, or pre-order any paid content, you might notice an unfamiliar charge on the payment method you used to make the purchase. This is called an authorisation hold, and you should see it drop from your payment method in a short time.

When you place an order, we contact the issuing bank to make sure that the payment method is valid. Your bank reserves the funds until the transaction processes or the authorisation expires, but this isn't an actual charge.

Authorisation holds are removed by your bank after a short time, which might vary by bank. This doesn't mean that the order has been cancelled. 

If you use a debit card, you might see authorisation holds as charges on your online statement. These charges are automatically reversed by your bank.

If you have questions about the way that your card handles authorisation requests, or you find that you've been charged more than once, contact your bank.

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