Access to YouTube tools & features

YouTube Studio offers many tools and features to help you make the most of your content. To get access to these tools and features, you can choose how to verify your identity. Verifying your identity helps us reduce abuse and spam on YouTube.

You have a few options for accessing features:

  • Standard features: Creating a channel gets you these features immediately as long as you have no active Community Guidelines strikes. Use these features to begin growing your audience and developing your channel.
  • Intermediate features: If you want a wider set of tools to continue growing your audience, you can choose to access intermediate features. To do so, you must verify your phone number.
  • Advanced features: Most active creators seeking to use advanced features for the first time will qualify automatically, having already established sufficient channel history.
    • Some new creators or those wanting to unlock advanced features right away can choose to verify their identity with a valid ID or through video verification. Read more here about how the info from your ID or video verification is used.

 

Features

No verification

Verification via phone number

Verification via channel history OR identity

 

Standard

 

Upload videos

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Limited daily limit

 

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Higher daily limit

Create a playlist

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Community tab

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Limited daily limit

 

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Higher daily limit

 

 

Intermediate

Longer videos (>15 mins)

  Chrome mobile checkmark icon

 

Live streaming on a computer

 

 Chrome mobile checkmark icon

Limited daily limit

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Higher daily limit 

Custom thumbnails

 

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Limited daily limit

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Higher daily limit

 
Create a podcast   Chrome mobile checkmark icon  

 

Advanced

Content ID appeal

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Embed live streams

    Chrome mobile checkmark icon

 

Apply for monetization

   

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+ Eligibility requirements

Add clickable links to your long-form video description and Community posts     Chrome mobile checkmark icon
Add a Related Video to your YouTube Short    Chrome mobile checkmark icon Chrome mobile checkmark icon
Pin comments on videos & Community posts     Chrome mobile checkmark icon
RSS Upload     Chrome mobile checkmark icon
Add clickable links to your channel details on watch page or posts      Chrome mobile checkmark icon
Add chapters     Chrome mobile checkmark icon

Note: In addition to the above, make sure to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Violations of our policies may result in a strike or restrict your access to features.

See what features you have access to

You can see what features you currently have access to by following the instructions below.

  1. On a computer, sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Channel.
  4. Click Feature eligibility.

You’ll see “Enabled” next to the features you have access to. Note that not all YouTube features are managed from within the Feature eligibility tab, and some features may have separate eligibility requirements. To learn more about other features, visit the Status and features page.

Verify your identity to use features

For instructions on how to unlock intermediate and advanced features, check out this Help Center article. Note that ID and video verification isn't available to all creators.

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