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To earn money on YouTube channel, you’ll need to apply for and be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).
A few things to know - 
We won’t tell you what you can create on YouTube, but we do have a responsibility to do right by our viewers, creators and advertisers. If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you have the ability to earn money through YouTube, and because of that, we hold you to a higher standard.

To make sure we’re rewarding good creators, we review your channel before you’re accepted in the YouTube Partner Program. We also constantly review channels to ensure you’re meeting all our policies and guidelines.

Ways to make money in the YouTube Partner Program

Sign in to YouTube
  • In the top right, select your account icon > Creator Studio.
  • In the left menu, select Channel > Status and features.
  • Under "Monetization," click Enable.
Follow the on-screen steps.
Get reviewed. When your channel meets the YouTube Partner Program subscriber and watch hour threshold, it will automatically be put in a review queue. Our automated systems and human reviewers will then look at your channel’s content to see whether it follows all our guidelines. 

You can check your application status anytime at

Money making Features on YouTube:

Advertising revenue: Get ad revenue from display, overlay, and video ads.

Channel memberships: Your members make recurring monthly payments in exchange for special perks that you offer.

Merchandise shelf: Your fans can browse and buy official branded merchandise that’s showcased on your watch pages.

Super Chat: Your fans pay to get their messages highlighted in chat streams.

YouTube Premium Revenue: Get part of a YouTube Premium subscriber’s subscription fee when they watch your content.

Each feature has its own set of eligibility requirements on top of subscriber and view count requirements. If our reviewers believe that your channel or video is not eligible, you may not be able to turn a specific feature on. 

These extra thresholds exist for 2 main reasons. The most important one is that we have to meet legal requirements in every area where the feature is available. Then, because we want to reward good creators, we need to make sure we have enough context on your channel -- which generally means we need more content to look at.

Keep in mind that we constantly review channels to make sure your content is in line with our policies.

Minimum eligibility requirements to turn on monetization features

Keep in mind that each feature has its own requirements. Some features may not be available to you due to local legal requirements.

Once you've been accepted in the YouTube Partner Program, you may get access to these monetization features:


  • Ad revenue
  • Be at least 18 years old, or have a legal guardian older than 18 years of age who can handle your payments via AdSense.
  • Create content that meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines
  • Channel memberships
  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have more than 30,000 subscribers
  3. Have no Community Guidelines strikes

Merchandise shelf
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have more than 10,000 subscribers
  • Have no Community Guidelines strikes

Super Chat

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have live chat enabled
  3. Live in a country/region where Super Chat is available
  4. YouTube Premium revenue Create content watched by a viewer who is a YouTube Premium subscriber.

YouTube Partner Program application checklist
Everyone can apply for YPP, but you do need to meet some of our guidelines. This checklist is meant to guide you through the application process.

Make sure your channel follows our policies and guidelines. When you apply, you’ll go through a standard review process to see whether your channel meets our policies and guidelines. Only channels that meet them will be accepted in the program. We also constantly check channels in the program to see whether they continue to meet our policies and guidelines.

Make sure you only have 1 AdSense account. Once you’re in the program, you’ll need an AdSense account to get paid. If you already have an AdSense account, use the one that's already approved. You can link as many channels as you have to a single AdSense account. If you don't have an AdSense account, you can create one while you’re applying for YPP.

Make sure you have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours. When we assess channels for YouTube Partner Program access, we need context. When you reach this threshold, it usually means that you have more content. The threshold helps us make a more informed decision about whether your channel meets our policies and guidelines.

Apply for YPP. You can apply for YPP anytime, but your channel will only be reviewed once you meet our threshold. Follow these instructions:

If you’re rejected from YPP: Our reviewers found that a significant portion of your channel doesn’t meet our policies and guidelines. You can re-apply 30 days after your rejection. Check out our FAQs for tips on how to strengthen your application.

Review process

Once you meet our subscriber and watch time thresholds, your application will be put in a queue. Our human reviewers will look at your channel as a whole to see whether it meets our YouTube Partner Program policies.

We’ll get back to you with a decision once your channel is reviewed (typically about 1 month after you meet the threshold).

Note: Sometimes, you may need to wait more than a month. There can be multiple reasons for delays -- higher-than-usual application volumes, system issues, or we may occasionally need to shift resources. Our policy specialists try to get through applications as quickly as possible, but delays can happen because we have a limited number of specialists.

Can you speed up my application?

No. Our teams can’t speed up your application. All applications are put in a queue, and will be processed in the order they are received. Sometimes channels require multiple reviews, especially if multiple reviewers disagree on your channel’s suitability for YPP. In these cases, multiple reviews may be needed, which means it may take more time for a decision to be made.

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