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YouTube’s New Tip Jar Feature Begins Rolling Out

by Brandon Russell | September 2, 2014September 2, 2014 9:00 pm PST


YouTube’s tip jar feature that was detailed earlier this summer is slowly going live. Going forward, channels can now opt into the new donation feature, which allows viewers to contribute monetarily. Whether you want to say thanks to that channel for producing great content, or simply feel like giving, the tip jar system gives producers the resources necessary to continue creating cool videos.

If a channel does accept donations, you’ll now see a little icon in the top left corner of the video, which will then reveal a banner when hovered over. As you can see in the image above, you can contribute just about any amount you want—you can also add a comment of encouragement with your donation.

The new tip jar feature is only live right now in the U.S., Japan, Mexcio and Australia, though Google has said it’ll be available in more countries soon. If you do decide to accept donations, know that YouTube will take a 5-percent cut; donations are processed through Google Wallet. In addition to working in the browser, the feature is also present in the YouTube app, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunity to contribute to your favorite channel.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...