YouTube 4000 Watch Hours CalculatorBeta

In order to monetize your YouTube channel you need 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months. Use this free tool to work out how your new channel is going to reach this goal.

Incidentally you also need 1000 subscribers. Fortunately it's quite likely that you would reach this goal well before you hit 4000 watch hours, so that's what we need to focus on!

Number of Videos: {{ NumberOfVideos }}

Each of your videos accumulates an average of {{CurrentMonetizationHoursPerVideo.toFixed(2)}} viewing hours per year.

You need {{parseInt(NumberOfVideosRequired)}} videos to reach your goals. Fire up that video camera!

The small print: This tool is highly speculative. It doesn't take into account the possibility of creating one or two videos that go superviral and get you to your goals alone. Also as you add more videos and subscribers, the number of watch hours should (in theory) grow exponentially.

How to Reach That 4000 Watch Hours Goal

How to Find Your Channel Data

To find your channel's data you need to log in to YouTube Creator Studio.

Once you have logged in, go to the Creator dashboard. Your Views and Watch Time in the last 28 days are shown in the panel in the centre of the screen, like this:

You also need to know how many videos you have. Find this by clicking on the Content link on the left hand side of the screen which will take you to the page listing all of your videos. Remember that only Public videos count towards your total. Shorts don't count either.

If you click on the Monetization link on the left hand side of the screen you will also see this Channel monetization dashboard which shows you how far you are along the road to getting your channel monetized. These are YouTube's own figures, so you should use these to keep a track of your progress towards getting your channel monetized.