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Change the privacy settings for your video

When you upload a video, by default it’s set as a "Public" video, which means that anybody can view it. You can easily change the privacy settings of your videos and manage who has access to viewing.

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Change privacy setting

While you’re uploading the video, choose the setting in the "Privacy Settings" section. If you’ve already uploaded the video, change the privacy settings by following the steps below.

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video you want to change, then click Edit.
  3. In the "Privacy Settings" drop-down menu, choose your setting:
    • Public
    • Unlisted
    • Private
  4. Click Save changes.

Tip: You can also do this with the Creator Studio app on your mobile device. Get started in the YouTube Creator Studio app Help Center.

Manage video privacy

When you upload a video, by default it’s set as a "Public" video, which means that anybody can view it. You can manage the privacy settings and control who has access to view this content.

Private videos

A private video can only be seen by you and the users you select. The video won't appear on your channel or search results and will be invisible to other users. You can manage the users you want to share a private video with.

Comments are not available on private videos. If you want to allow comments on a video that's not publicly available, post an unlisted video instead.

  1. Under the "Privacy Settings' drop-down menu, click Share.
  2. Add the email addresses of the people with whom you’d like to share your video.
To share private videos with other people, you need to have confirmed your name on YouTube.
Unlisted videos

Making a video unlisted means that anyone who has the link to the video can view and post comments to it. Unlisted videos:

  • Don't show to viewers in the Videos tab of your channel page.
  • Don't show up in YouTube's search results unless someone adds your unlisted video to a public playlist.

To share an unlisted video: Share the link with the people who want to have access to it, and they’ll be able to see it.

Unlike private videos, the people you share the video with do not need a Google account to see the video. Anyone with the link can also re-share it in a number of ways, such as simply forwarding the link. If you don't want to allow others to re-share your video, make it private.

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