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Learn about all the features of your channel, from live streaming to monetization, memberships, custom URLs and thumbnails, channel memberships, and much more.

Under your Status and Features section, you’ll see your Copyright Status and your Community Guidelines Status (and whether you have any recorded copyright or community guidelines violations against you).

Under that you’ll see a number of Features and your account’s status in relation to each.

You’ll notice some of the Features are marked Enabled or Eligible. These are the ones you can take advantage of right away. As you upload more videos and grow your subscriber number, you’ll unlock more Features.

Here’s what you can do with the list of Features:

Upload videos
You can upload videos from the moment you create your YouTube Account.

Earn money from ads
Want to earn money from ads on videos? You can start today, if you meet the monetization criteria and enable the feature.

Live stream your videos
You can live stream videos, just like on  Facebook Live! Create a live streaming event to share your exciting news and adventures with the world.

Embed live streams
Once you’ve enabled Live streaming, you can embed your live stream videos.

Upload longer videos
Verify your account and you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

Choose to make videos private or unlisted to protect your privacy
Change the privacy settings of your videos to manage who sees them. You can choose who sees your private videos. Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link. (This is similar to the sharing settings in Google Docs). Public videos, of course, can be seen by and shared with anyone.

Choose a custom thumbnail
Upload your own thumbnail to give your viewers a quick snapshot of your video before they press play, while they’re browsing YouTube.

To upload custom thumbnails, first verify your account, then take the following steps:

New videos

  1. Upload or record your video.
  2. When the video is done processing, you’ll see an option to choose a Custom thumbnail under Video thumbnails.

Uploaded videos

  1. Head to Creator Studio > Video Manager.
  2. Next to your video, click Edit.
  3. On the right side of your preview screen, click the Custom thumbnail button.
  4. Upload a thumbnail.
  5. Click Save changes.

Keep in mind that your custom thumbnail should be large (recommended size is 1280×720, with a minimum width of 640), since the image will also be used as the preview image in the embedded player. Save it as a .JPG, .GIF, .BMP or .PNG, keep it under 2 MB and use the 16:9 aspect ratio – it’s the most used in YouTube previews and players.

Learn more about custom thumbnails.


Add links and Calls to Action to your videos (external annotations)
If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video, you’ve likely seen a link pop up asking you to subscribe to the channel, visit a website, or take action. These are called cards and end screens.

Cards pop up throughout videos and are useful if you or your partners sell merchandise via a website. You can also add links to your websites (you must be part of the YouTube Partner Program and associate your site with your Google account to do so). You can link to your merchandise or crowdfunding site(s) from your videos, as long as they’re on the list of approved sites, and you’re part of the YouTube Partner Program.

End Screens
Use an end screen during the last 5 to 20 seconds of your video. Your video has to be at least 25 seconds long to have an end screen.

Ends screens can:

– Point viewers to other videos, playlists, or channels
– Call for subscriptions to your channel
– Promote your website, merchandise, and crowdfunding campaigns

Learn more about adding end screens to videos.


Super Chat
You can interact with your fans through live chat. Fans can purchase Super Chats, which stand out from other messages in two ways:

– Messages stay pinned in the ticker for a pre-determined period decided by the sender.
– Messages are highlighted with a color.

The color of the Super Chat, amount of time it stays pinned on your ticker and message length are determined by how much the sender spends.

How to turn Super Chat on

  1. Sign in to YouTube on your computer.
  2. Go to
  3. Under Super Chat, click Enable and follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you’ve got Super Chat turned on for your channel, your viewers will see a dollar sign on on all your live chats that will let them buy a Super Chat.

To turn Super Chat off

  1. Sign into YouTube on your computer.
  2. Go to
  3. Click the gear icon. Turn off Super Chat > Disable.

Learn more about how to manage and moderate Super Chats, and read revenue reports.


Appeal a Content ID claim

You might have a Content ID claim brought against you if you upload a video that contains copyright-protected material. Companies that own music, movies, TV shows, video games or other copyright-protected material issue these claims to protect against unwarranted and illegal use.

Check your Content ID claims
Find out whether you have any Content ID claims on your video by checking your copyright notices in the Video Manager. YouTube also might email you when there’s a Content ID claim, if your video or account is affected.

What a Content ID claim means for you
You’re probably not in trouble if you have a Content ID claim brought against you – it just means YouTube found some content on your channel that’s owned by someone else.

The copyright owners decide if others can reuse their original material. In some cases, they’ll allow the person who uploaded the video to use it in exchange for running ads on the videos before or during the main content.

Some other actions copyright owners might take if they decide they don’t want their material reused include:

Blocking a video
Owners can block your video, which means no one will be able to watch it. They can apply the block in certain countries or worldwide.

Muting a video
If your video contains copyright-protected music, the owner can mute it. While people will be able to see your video, they won’t be able to hear the music.

Blocking platforms
The copyright owner can restrict devices, apps or websites from showing their content. The restrictions don’t change your video’s availability on

Take action
There are a few actions you can take, including removing the music, swapping it, finding out if you can share revenue with the rights owner, or disputing the claim.

Dispute a Content ID claim

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to Creator Studio > Video Manager > Copyright Notices.
  3. Click the link to the right of the video’s Edit menu. You’ll be taken to a page with information about who claimed which information in your video.
  4. You’ll see an option to dispute the claim.

Note: If you don’t have a valid reason for disputing the claim, the content owner can choose to take down your video, then your account will get a copyright strike.

If you dispute a claim, the copyright owner can release or uphold their claim, or submit a copyright takedown request to remove your video from YouTube.

File an appeal
Already disputed a content claim and want to file an appeal?

Head back to the place in your Video Manager where you disputed the claim and you’ll see the option to appeal. There may also be restrictions that could affect your ability to appeal, including the age of your account. You’ll have to verify your account if you haven’t yet.

Find out more about whether you can appeal rejected disputes on your account’s features page.

After you appeal
If you enabled monetization on your video and the person who filed the Content ID also wants to monetize their claim on the video, YouTube will show ads on your video until the dispute is resolved. Find out more about monetization during a Content ID dispute.

Learn more about Content IDs and copyright claims.


Get a custom URL
Your default YouTube channel URL is a random jumble of letters and numbers, but what if you could have one your visitors will actually remember and associate with your brand?
That’s why you want to get a custom channel URL. It would look like: and

Ready to create your custom URL? You’ll want to plan ahead – you can’t change it after you create it, so think of how you want to position your brand not just now, but in the future. But you can delete it from your channel and claim a new one (remember: once you remove a custom URL, it may be free to be claimed by another creator. Generally, you can only have one custom URL per channel, and you can’t transfer or assign your custom URL to anyone.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a custom URL, your account should:
– Have 100+ subscribers.
– Be at least 30 days old.
– Have an uploaded photo as your channel icon.
– Have uploaded channel art.

Claim your custom URL

Take these steps to claim your custom URL:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Look at your advanced account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top right, then Settings, or the gear icon. Click Advanced under your account name.
  3. Under Channel settings, choose the link next to You’re eligible for a custom URL. Although you can’t edit what’s in the gray box, you can add a few letters or numbers to customize the URL.

Generally, you can only have one custom URL for your channel, and you can’t transfer or assign it to anyone.

Learn more about custom URLs.


Launch channel memberships
Ever wanted to produce and publish members-only content for YouTube. You can do that with channel memberships. Viewers can join your channel, pay a monthly subscription fee and get members-only perks like badges, emoji, and other awesome stuff. If you’re eligible, there are policies and guidelines to follow that will help you avoid trouble.

YouTube is still rolling out Channel Memberships. To find out if you’re eligible, go to

To be eligible for Channel Memberships, you must:

– Be over 18 years old
– Be located in one of the available locations
– Have zero live strikes
– (along with your MCN, if applicable) have agreed to and are complying with YouTube’s terms and policies (including the Commerce Product Addendum)

Your channel must meet these minimum requirements:
– Have more than 50,000 subscribers
– Be part of the YouTube Partner Program

Learn more about Channel membership policies, content and perk guidelines, and more.