We’ve all seen vloggers touting their YouTube play buttons around, showing the world their latest accomplishment. And if you are reading this, you’re probably wondering how you too can get your own YouTube play button.

The criteria are straight forward. The main condition is that you have reached a specific subscriber milestone.

The four play buttons are awarded at the following points:

  • Silver – once you have 100,000 subscribers
  • Gold – once you have 1,000,000 subscribers
  • Diamond – once you have 10,000,000 subscribers
  • Custom Play Button – once you have 50 million subscribers

These, however, are not the only criteria. YouTube has also stated that in addition to meeting those subscriber counts, creators must also follow further guidelines. They state that the awards will be given out at their discretion and that they will only recognise creators who follow their guidelines.

What Could Prevent You Getting Your YouTube Play Button?

YouTube’s play buttons are no longer being automatically distributed to creators upon reaching subscriber milestones. Instead, YouTube is reviewing each channel before issuing the reward.

Creators who therefore don’t meet the below criteria, may not receive their button.

Some creators are also reporting that they are not receiving their play button due to the nature of their content. Some negative, horror, and far-right commentators are reportedly not receiving the plaques at YouTube’s discretion.

If over three weeks have passed since you reached a subscriber milestone and you have not received a notification from YouTube on your creator dashboard, YouTube suggests reaching out to their creator support team.

How To Get The Silver YouTube Play Button

If you are about to reach 100,000 subscribers – congratulations! You will soon be eligible for your first YouTube play button.

To get your silver play button, you just need to wait for YouTube to reach out via your creator dashboard. Within about a week of reaching 100,000 subscribers, they will review your channel and send you a notification.

Your notification will include a code that you can use to redeem your play button on the creator rewards redemption website. After redeeming the code, you will need to sit back and relax. While YouTube claims that the play button will arrive within 3 weeks, many YouTubers claim that it takes much longer.

When Will You Get The Silver Play Button?

YouTubers should receive their silver play button within 6 weeks of reaching 100,000 subscribers. Upon reaching the subscriber milestone YouTube will provide a play button redemption code to the creator via their creator dashboard. From there, the creator just needs to redeem the code and wait for shipping.

Frequently Asked Questions About YouTube’s Play Buttons

Want to know more about YouTube’s play buttons? Let’s check out some of the most commonly asked questions about the rewards.

How Many YouTube Play Buttons Are There?

Officially there are only three: silver, gold, and diamond. Recently, however, YouTube has introduced a custom play button for creators with over 50 million subscribers. YouTube does not list this custom ruby play button on their site, as so far there have only been 3 channels who have reached this level and each has received a play button that is unique to them and their account.

What Are The YouTube Play Buttons In Order?

There are four play buttons currently being awarded by YouTube, in order they are:

  1. Silver: 100,000 Subscribers
  2. Gold: 1,000,000 Subscribers
  3. Diamond: 10,000,000 Subscribers
  4. Custom/Ruby: 50,000,000 Subscribers

Who Has A Ruby Play Button?

There are currently three channels who have received a custom Ruby play button. Those are T-Series, PewDiePie and 5-Minute Crafts. PewDiePie was the first YouTuber to reach the milestone of 50 million subscribers, followed by T-Series and most recently 5-Minute Crafts.

What Comes After The Ruby Play Button?

There are currently no play buttons awarded after the Ruby play button. The last play button is awarded at 50 million subscribers and currently, only 3 channels have reached this milestone and received this play button.

How Many Subscribers Do You Need To Get A Bronze Play Button?

There is no official YouTube bronze play button. Some creators have claimed that they received a bronze play button after reaching 100 subscribers, but they made this button themselves. While you do not get a bronze play button at 100 subscribers, you do become eligible to create a custom URL for your channel, which is arguably more useful to your channel’s success.

Is The YouTube Play Button Real Diamond?

No, the YouTube diamond play button is not a real diamond. YouTube’s diamond play button is made of a silver-plated metal with a crystal in the middle that is shaped like a play button.

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