## How long does it take to obtain 1000 hours of watch time? Let’s do some math!

If you are a YouTube creator, you may be wondering how long it takes to obtain 1000 hours of watch time, one of the requirements to join the YouTube Partner Program and start earning money from your videos. In this blog post, we will show you how to estimate how long it will take you to reach this milestone using some simple math.

## What is Watch Time?

First, let’s define watch time as the total amount of time viewers spend watching your videos, which is different from views that only count how many times your videos are clicked. Watch time is a more accurate measure of how engaging your content is and how much value you provide to your audience.

To calculate your watch time, you need to know two things: your average view duration and your total views.

1. Your average view duration is the average amount of time viewers watch each of your videos, which you can find in your YouTube Studio analytics dashboard.
2. Your total views are the total number of times your videos have been watched, also available in your YouTube Studio analytics dashboard.

## Let’s Calculate

Now, let’s estimate how long it will take you to obtain 1000 hours of watch time. You also need to know your growth rate, the percentage by which your views increase every month. You can estimate this by comparing your views from month to month on your YouTube Studio analytics dashboard.

To calculate how long it will take you to reach 1000 hours of watch time, divide 1000 hours by your watch time per month and multiply by 100.

For example, if your watch time per month is 5000 minutes and your growth rate is 10%, then it will take you approximately 1091 days or about 3 years to reach this goal.

However, this is only an estimate, and many factors can influence it, such as

• The quality of your content,