Change the privacy settings for your video
Change privacy settings
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. Choose it while you’re uploading the video in the “Privacy Settings” section or, if you’ve already uploaded the video, change the privacy settings by following the steps below.
- Sign in to YouTube
- Open the Account tab and navigate to My videos
- Touch the menu icon next to the video whose privacy settings you want to change
- Select Edit
- In the Privacy drop-down menu, select Public, Unlisted or Private
- Touch the arrow at the top to save changes
- Sign in to YouTube
- Open the Guide in the top left-hand corner of the screen and navigate to My Channel
- Touch the Videos tab
- Find the video that you want to change and touch the menu icon
- Select Edit upload
- In the “Privacy Settings” menu, select Public, Unlisted or Private
- Touch Done to save changes
- Visit your Video Manager
- Find the video that you’d like to change, then click the Edit button
- In the “Privacy Settings” drop-down menu, select Public, Unlisted or Private
- Click Save changes
You can also update these settings on mobile in the YouTube Creator Studio App:
- From the dashboard, tap the navigation guide in the top left-hand corner
- From the menu, select Videos
- Find the video that you want to edit by scrolling through your list of videos or by searching for it
- Tap the video that you’d like to review
- Tap Edit Video or the edit icon
- Change your title, description, tags, privacy setting or another setting
- When finished tap Save and you’ll return to your list of videos
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 that you select. The video won’t appear on your channel or search results and will be invisible to other users.
Channel connected to Google+
You need to link your channel with Google+ in order to share a private video with other users.
If your channel is connected to Google+, you’ll see a field under the “Privacy Settings” drop-down menu where you can add the profiles or email addresses of the people with whom you’d like to share your video. They’ll need a Google account to view your video. You can also share your videos with Google+ circles.
Channel not connected to Google+
If you have not linked your channel with Google+, you won’t be able to share private videos with other users.
If you have private videos that you previously shared with users, these videos will continue to be visible to them. You won’t be able to modify the list of users who are able to view your private video, except to remove all users' access to the video. To share it with other users you will need to connect your account with Google+.
Making a video unlisted means that anyone who has the link to the video can view it. 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.
To share an unlisted video, just share the link with the people who you’d like to have access to it and they’ll be able to see it. Unlike private videos, the people that 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.
Your YouTube account needs to be in good standing to be able to create unlisted videos.