YouTube Data API v3 1M Units Limits Explained!

When we come across a term Quota in a Google API, it makes a strange feeling and buzz around many Questions like

What if I exceed this limit?

Will Google ask for money if my Qauta exceeds?

What is the meaning of these limits when I use Key in an API?

Now If you want to use any of Google API service like Google Maps, Youtube etc from their thousands of available API’s, you need a Key. This key will monitor, protect, limit your API service usage.

Here we will discuss Google’ YouTube Data API v3

1) How to See Your Available Quota in YouTube Data APIv3?

Go to Google Console

Select your project if you already have


Hover on “IAM & Admin” on left side menu then select “Quotas” on the secondary menu as shown in the image below:


Here you can filter API, we will discuss YouTube Data API V3

2) What will be the Limit of usage?

Here you can see “Queries per day” which is 1,000,000 (1 Million), this is unit number. Each operation is having different Unit Consumption for each operation like Reading, Upload, Edit, Search. You can check unit consumption here YouTube Data API (v3) – Quota Calculator

3) What will happen if my YouTube Dta API v3 Quota Exceeds or finish?

If we look from a broader and realistic perspective YouTube is providing API services almost free for simple operations like Reading, Search etc. For example, if we check  YouTube Data API (v3) – Quota Calculator

Suppose we want to view Tags of a video using the following URL[YOUR-KEY-HERE]&fields=items(snippet(title,tags,thumbnails(default(url))))&part=snippet&id=rhQmy93LZH8

In this URL we are getting Title, Tags, Thumbnail of lowest resolution. It will hardly change unit numbers with a change of 1-3 units.

Here 1,000,000 Units are for per day usage, so this is a very big number to finish in simple apps of web applications.

Suppose your limit is exceeded, then what? not a problem Google will simply return an error 403

	error: {
		errors: [{
			domain: "youtube.quota",
			reason: "quotaExceeded",
			message: "The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your <a href=" / youtube / v3 / getting - started# quota ">quota</a>."
		code: 403,
		message: "The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your <a href=" / youtube / v3 / getting - started# quota ">quota</a>."

4) How to Manually Change Limit API Quota?

If you want to manually change Daily Quota, you can do so by the following procedure.

Click on API for which you want to change Limit

Click on Edit pencil icon

Then put required value then Save


5) How to Protect Your API KEY from Unauthorized Usage?

In a JavaScript-based application, we simply put API URL to get a response from Google server, like given above in Q3. This URL can be seen easily and exposed to everyone. So how can we protect it?

Google is already having a good mechanism to check referer of requests. We simply need to provide URL, Application name or any other source which will hit this URL.

In Credential section you can set a source of URL reference then Google will give a response only if that reference matches otherwise it will give same 403 error as shown above in Q3.

Let me know if you find any more information about Google API Limit policy.



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2 thoughts on “YouTube Data API v3 1M Units Limits Explained!”

  1. seems like they have restricted the quotas from 1,000,000 to 10,000 per day recently, without any notice. that’s simply not enough, as it stops now after 5 uploaded videos/day. so you can’t upload more than 5 videos through the API anymore!!! i hope they will understand soon, that this is simply not enough and that they should revert it back to the 1,000,000 quotas. otherwise they’ll simply prove one more time how much they started to suck.

  2. Hi, I suppose limit for queries per day is 10,000? I sent request to increase this using the exceptions form but no reply. Is there any way to manually increase quote?

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