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Change video privacy settings

You can easily change the privacy settings of your videos and manage who has access to viewing.

Privacy settings

  • Public videos and playlists can be seen by and shared with anyone.
  • Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users you choose.
  • Unlisted videos and playlists can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.
Feature Unlisted Private Public
Can share URL Yes No Yes
Can be added to a channel section Yes No Yes
Shows up in search, related videos, and recommendations No No Yes
Posted on your channel No No Yes
Shows in Subscriber feed No No Yes

Change video privacy settings

You can manage the privacy settings and control who has access to view this content

Public 

Public videos can be seen by and shared with anyone using YouTube. They're posted on your channel when you upload them and show up in search results and related video lists.
  1. Sign in to YouTube on your mobile device. 
  2. Tap Account  > My videos.
  3. Next to the video you want to change, tap the menu icon  .
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. In the Privacy drop-down menu, choose Public.
  6. Tap the arrow at the top to save changes.

Private

A private video can only be seen by you and the users you select. Your private videos won’t appear to others who visit the "Videos" tab of your channel page and shouldn't show up in YouTube's search results. You can share a private video with other users over email if you want them to see it.

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. Sign in to YouTube on your mobile device
  2. Tap Account  > My videos.
  3. Next to the video you want to change, tap the menu icon  .
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. In the Privacy drop-down menu, choose Private.
  6. Tap the arrow at the top to save changes.

Unlisted

Unlisted videos can be seen and shared by anyone with the link.

Your unlisted videos won’t appear to others who visit the "Videos" tab of your channel page and shouldn't show up in YouTube's search results unless someone adds your unlisted video to a public playlist.

You can share an unlisted video's URL with other users. Unlike private videos, the people you share the video with don't need a Google Account to see the video.

Anyone with the link can also re-share it. For example, they can forward the link or add the video to a public playlist. If you don't want to allow others to re-share your video, make the setting private instead.

  1. Sign in to YouTube on your mobile device. 
  2. Go to the Library tab .
  3. Tap My videos.
  4. Next to the video you want to change, tap More .
  5. Tap Edit.
  6. In the Privacy drop-down menu, choose Unlisted.
  7. At the top, tap Save.

If the instructions above don't lead you to the right place, you probably have not yet received the new version of this feature, which is slowly launching to all users. Please use the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to YouTube on your mobile device. 
  2. Tap Account  > My videos.
  3. Next to the video you want to change, tap menu  .
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. In the Privacy drop-down menu, choose Unlisted.
  6. Tap the arrow at the top to save changes.
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