Transition to YouTube Studio

Last updated April 20, 2020

Creator Studio Classic is no longer available. Here’s what you need to know to transition to YouTube Studio.

What’s happening now?

As of November 2019, access to Creator Studio Classic is gradually going away. Making the change gradually lets us listen to feedback and make adjustments before access is removed for everyone. We’ll adjust the dates listed below depending on the feedback that we get. 

The “Creator Studio Classic” button in the left menu of YouTube Studio will be removed at different times:

  • November 2019: About 150,000 channels who exclusively use YouTube Studio
  • January 2020: About 1% of channels
  • February 2020: About 10% of channels
  • April 2020: All remaining channels

Your channel’s transition date will be selected at random. You’ll have at least 2 weeks notice before you lose access to Creator Studio Classic. A banner will show in YouTube Studio to give you a more exact date.

Why can’t YouTube keep both Creator Studio Classic and YouTube Studio?

Maintaining both versions of Studio requires that we divide engineering resources in half. If we kept both Creator Studio Classic and YouTube Studio, it would take us twice as much time to build new features for creators. 
We believe removing Creator Studio Classic and focusing on YouTube Studio will be better for creators overall.

What do I need to know? 

There are some features that we still have to build in YouTube Studio. We’ve added links to these features directly into YouTube Studio. After general access to Creator Studio Classic goes away, you’ll still be able to open these links and use these Classic features.

We recommend using the first few months of 2020 to get used to YouTube Studio. Learn how to perform common tasks in YouTube Studio.

Why is Creator Studio Classic going away?

Creator Studio Classic was created more than a decade ago using older technology. This technology was limiting our ability to build features, and is now discontinued. In addition, as time passed, more complexity was added to Creator Studio Classic, making it harder to fix problems.

YouTube Studio was introduced as a replacement for Creator Studio Classic. YouTube Studio uses newer technology that allows YouTube to build creator tools faster and fix problems more easily. 

As a result, we’ve added over 20 features to YouTube Studio that were never available in Classic, such as expanded analytics, merch, and more.

Get the technical details

Over time, many issues arose within the Creator Studio Classic code base:
  • The amount of code in the code base significantly increased
  • The amount of complexity and interdependencies within the code base increased
  • The code was written in a programming language that is now discontinued and unsupported, Python 2

This resulted in the following:

  • It became time consuming to add features to Creator Studio Classic. Even small changes required extensive testing due to the complexity of the code.
  • When an issue arose, it was difficult to find the source of the issue quickly.
  • We couldn’t introduce new features as fast as creators needed
  • All of Creator Studio Classic used a discontinued version of a programming language

Rather than make Creator Studio Classic even more complex by migrating it to Python 3, we decided to create an entirely new tool. YouTube Studio would get rid of the complexity that had built up in the Creator Studio Classic code.

When there are problems in YouTube Studio, it’s simpler for engineers to find the root cause of those problems and fix them. Once Creator Studio Classic goes away, engineers will have more time to focus on new features, rather than spending time navigating a complex code base.

What’s different in YouTube Studio?

In additional to using newer technology than Creator Studio Classic, YouTube Studio has many new features. If you’d like to learn about new tools available in YouTube Studio, use the resources below:

What’s next for YouTube Studio?

We’re tracking creator feedback about YouTube Studio closely, including feedback we get on social media. Over the next several months, we’ll be focusing on features that creators give the most feedback about.

Throughout 2020, we plan to rebuild remaining creator tools into YouTube Studio. We’ll also listen to feedback on how we can make existing tools better.

Get help

If you can’t figure out how to do something in YouTube Studio, ask us for help on Twitter @TeamYouTube. You can also let us know via the Send feedback button in YouTube Studio, but note that we don’t reply to individual pieces of feedback.

Note: If you use YouTube’s Content Manager to manage your channel, this change won’t impact you. Learn more about YouTube Studio Content Manager beta.
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