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Actual meaning of 4000 watch hours in the previous 12 months


the actual meaning of youtube 4000 watch hours in previous 12 months



What does 4000 watch hours in the previous 12 months mean?. After youtube tightened their youtube partner application policy, lots of confusion has emerged especially when calculating your youtube watch hours in the previous¬†12 months. Let’s try to understand the actual meaning of the 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

“Get reviewed after reaching 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers”

Meaning of 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months

For Youtubers, it’s very much important to understand the concept of 4000 watch hours. Before we understand when the count starts and how to determine your last 12 months, let’s first understand the 4000 watch hours regardless of duration.

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Watch hours is how much time your videos have been watched. Your videos should be watched by viewers for 2,40,000 minutes(4k hours), and 1000 subscribers to enable monetization. Let’s take an example, if you uploaded 12 videos of 5 minutes length, you will require 4000 people to watch all of them:

12 x 5 x 4000 = 240,000 minutes = 4000 hours.

How to determine your 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months

The count for the 4000 watch hours in the previous 12 months starts from the time you created your channel. How much watch hours has your channel gained in the previous 12 months? Many creators think that 12 month counts start from the time of the first upload, but that’s not the case.

To determine your watch hours in the previous 12 months, follow the following instructions:

  1. Login into your youtube channel
  2. click on the account icon and select my channel as shown in the screenshots below
  3. youtube 400 watch hours
  4. Click on creator Studio
  5. Then, click on Analytics from the sidebar
  6. Then select the last 365 days analytics, as shown in the screenshot below
  7. This should be your final output on the analytics page


If your watch hours display in minutes, convert them into hours. Whatever watch time you view on basis of the last 365 days, that should be your actual watch time for the previous 12 months. Actually, you don’t need to bother understanding when the count started, your last 365 days watch time, is your previous 12 months watch time.

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To make your analytics report in hours instead of minutes, click on settings icon on the analytics page as shown in the screenshot below

Then select hours as unit for measuring watch time, see the screenshot below

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