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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 that 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.

YouTube Studio Classic

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. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to change, then click Edit.
  3. In the 'Privacy Settings' drop-down menu, choose Public.
  4. Click Save changes.

Private

A private video can only be seen by you and the users that 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 by 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.

Set video to private

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

Share a private video

You can share a private video with other users by email.

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to share, then click Edit.
  3. In the 'Privacy Settings' drop-down menu, click Share.
  4. Add the email addresses of the people with whom you’d like to share your video.
  5. Click Save changes. The users will receive an email with a link to the video.

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 that 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. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video that you want to change, then click Edit.
  3. In the 'Privacy Settings' drop-down menu, choose Unlisted.
  4. Click Save changes.

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.

YouTube Studio Beta

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio Beta. If you're not part of the beta, learn more.
  2. Hover over the video that you'd like to edit.
  3. Click on the pencil icon that appears under Visibility.
  4. You can select whether to make the video Public, Private or Unlisted.
Learn more about YouTube Studio Beta, the new home for everything creators care about.

What happens if you change a video's privacy setting to public?

If you change the privacy setting for a video from private or unlisted to public, your subscribers are updated in their subscription feed and via notifications (if they've opted in).

Subscriptions feed
We use the time that the video was set to public to determine its placement in the subscriptions feed. This means that as soon as it's set to public, the video shows up in the subscriptions feed.

Notifications
If they've opted in, your subscribers will get notifications for a public video when: 

  • You first upload a public video.
  • You first change a video's setting from private or unlisted to public. They won't get a notification every time you change that video's privacy setting.
     
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