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How to get paid by AdSense, even if you no longer monetize

If you are a YouTube Partner, your payments are managed through AdSense. Once a month your estimated YouTube earnings are finalized, and transferred to your AdSense account. If your finalized earnings in your AdSense account have reached the payment threshold ($100, €70, £60 or equivalent), and there are no holds on your account, you should be paid in the next payment cycle.


On February 20th, many channels lost their monetization because they did not meet the new Partner Program requirements - 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months. That leaves a lot of former YouTube Partners with finalized earnings in their AdSense account.

What happens if your finalized earnings are lower than the payment threshold, and you are no longer monetizing a YouTube channel or website? 

If your earnings are below the payment threshold, you have two options:

* Continue creating content and don't do anything with your AdSense account

If you believe your channel will soon be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program again, or you otherwise expect to start earning again, don’t do anything. Your money won’t go anywhere. Just be sure to sign into your AdSense account every so often to keep it active.

*  Permanently cancel your AdSense account, and receive a final payment

If you will not be monetizing again, you can permanently cancel your AdSense account. If your earnings have met the cancellation threshold ($10, €10, £10 or equivalent), you will be issued a final payment. That payment is usually issued in the next payment cycle.

Learn more:

How to receive a payment from AdSense

If your finalized earnings are greater than the cancellation threshold, you will receive a final payment when you cancel your AdSense account. You will need to first set up your AdSense accounts for payments.

1. Check your YouTube Monetization Settings to see how close your channel is to being eligible for the YouTube Partner Program

So close!
If your YouTube channel may soon be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, I'd suggest not cancelling your AdSense account. Once your AdSense account has been cancelled, you would have to submit a new application using a different Google account to monetize your channel again.
  1. Sign in to YouTube
  2. Open your Monetization Settings (www.youtube.com/account_monetization)
  3. You should see your channel's current subscriber count, and hours of watch time over the past year
If reaching the requirement of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours watch time is feasible, just continue to create original content and work on building your audience. 

Note that if your monetization was disabled because of copyright issues, community guidelines strikes or violation of the YouTube Partner Program policies, your monetization may be disabled until those are resolved (and in some cases may be permanently disabled). Learn what to do if monetization is disabled on your channel in the YouTube Help Center.

2. Make sure all your estimated YouTube earnings have been finalized

February earnings have not been finalized yet
If you are a YouTube Partner, your estimated YouTube earnings are not finalized until after the end of the month. February estimated earnings will be finalized between March 10th and 14th. Be sure your estimated earnings have been finalized before you cancel your AdSense account.

Note that if monetization is disabled on your channel, outstanding estimated earnings may not be finalized and transferred to your AdSense account.

3. Remove any payment holds on your AdSense account

No Holds!
If you have not yet been issued a payment by AdSense, you will have to set up payments and remove any payment holds on your account.
Learn more in the AdSense Help Center: Intro to AdSense Payments

Note that if your finalized earnings have not reached the form of payment entry threshold ($10, €10, £10 or equivalent), you will not receive a final payment when you cancel your AdSense account.

4. Permanently cancel your AdSense account

Once you have removed all payment holds, you can then permanently cancel your AdSense account and receive a final payment.


  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. In the left menu click Settings.
  3. Under Settings click Account information
  4. On the "Account information" page, click cancel account

  5. Review the information on the "Cancel account" page and confirm.
  6. When you receive your cancellation email, click on the link to complete the cancellation process.
On the “Account cancellation” page, a message will be displayed telling you that your account has been successfully cancelled.

Note that you cannot cancel AdSense by deleting the Google account you use to sign in to your AdSense account.

Learn more in the AdSense Help Center: How to cancel your AdSense account

If you want to use AdSense again after cancelling your account, you will need to submit a new application using a different Google account and email address.

5. What can you do if you don't receive your final payment? 

If 90 days have passed, and you have not received the final payment from your AdSense account, contact AdSense for assistance.

Use your YouTube-created Hosted AdSense account to monetize a website or blog

If your AdSense account is enabled for AdSense for Content, you can place your ads on your own website or blog. If you have a Hosted AdSense account that you created via YouTube, you will need to upgrade your account by applying for AdSense for Content.
Then apply to upgrade your account:

  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. In the left navigation panel, click My ads.
  3. Click Other products.
  4. Click Upgrade now and complete the application form.
  5. Follow the instructions emailed to you to place ad code on your website.
When and if your application is approved, you can start showing ads on your site.

Rejection of your upgrade application should not affect use of your AdSense account on YouTube.

Learn more in the AdSense Help Center: Use your Hosted AdSense account to show ads on your own website 

How to reapply for AdSense after cancelling your account


If you cancel your AdSense account, but, at a later date, want to start using AdSense on YouTube again, you should be able to re-apply using a different Google account.

On your YouTube channel's Monetization Settings tab (www.youtube.com/account_monetization) you should see a message that the channel is linked to a closed AdSense account. There will be an option to link to a new account. Click that option, and then sign in to a different Google account to submit a new AdSense application.
You can also apply for AdSense to monetize a blog, website, or app
Note that if your AdSense account was disabled by AdSense, you are not allowed to create a new AdSense account. 

Posted by Peggy K

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