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How to fix “the account is not yet eligible to use YouTube” error?

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Creating an online presence for your business is vital these days, and YouTube is right there with the most important platforms in this regard. While creating a YouTube channel is simple enough, sometimes, it can be problematic for Google Workspace accounts.

In this article, we’re looking at how to fix the account isn’t yet eligible to use YouTube error, its causes and how you can fix the problem.

Why does it happen?

Google controls new Google Workspace accounts by placing a few restrictions to avoid spam accounts. New Google Workspace accounts have restricted access to help achieve this. 

The criteria for accessing YouTube features and making a channel is as follows.

  • Your Google Workspace account must have been billed for at least $30.
  • Your Google Workspace account must be at least 30 days old. 

Once your account meets the aforementioned settings, you can access all the features required. However, if you have a G Suite for Education or G Suite for Nonprofits account, you’ll be exempt from these requirements.

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How to fix this?

The only way to fix this problem is by meeting the criteria set by Google. One way to get around this is to make the $30 payment early. Follow these steps to pay off the required amount.

Step 1: Head over to the Google Workspace admin page.

Step 2: Login and click the Menu option in the top left.

Step 3: Choose Billing followed by Payment Accounts.

Step 4: Click your Account ID.

Step 5: Under Balance, click Pay Early.

Step 6: Enter your payment value. We recommend adding a value over $30. 

Step 7: Make the payment by clicking the Confirm button. 

Once the prepayment is done, you’re going to have to wait over 48 hours before the restrictions will be lifted. However, at times you might have to wait for a couple of days before the problem goes away. 

If prepayment doesn’t expedite your access to YouTube, you’re going to have to wait 30 days from the day you created the account in addition to spending $30 on it to be able to access YouTube. 

Also read: How to stop YouTube from asking: ‘Are you still watching’?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: