Change video privacy settings

Update the privacy settings of your video to control where your video can appear and who can watch it.

Change video privacy settings

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio beta.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Videos.
  3. Hover over the video that you'd like to update. Select the Live tab to see your live uploads.
  4. Click the pencil icon under Visibility and choose Public, Private or Unlisted.

Creator Studio Classic instructions

  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 between Public, Private and Unlisted.
  4. Click Save changes.

About privacy settings

Public videos

Public videos can be seen by anyone at YouTube. They can also be 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.

Private videos

Private videos and playlists can only be seen by you and the users that you choose. Your private videos won't appear to others who visit the 'Videos' tab of your channel page. They also won't show up in YouTube's search results. 

To share a private video:

  1. Go to your Video Manager in Creator Studio Classic.
  2. Find the video that you want to share, then select Edit.
  3. Beneath the 'Privacy Settings' drop-down menu, select Share.
  4. Enter the email addresses of people with whom you'd like to share your video, then select OK.

Comments are not available on private videos. If you want to allow comments on a video that's not publicly available, change the privacy setting to unlisted.

Unlisted videos

Unlisted videos and playlists 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. They won'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. The people who you share the video with don't need a Google Account to see the video. Anyone with the link can also re-share it. 


Feature Private Unlisted Public
Can share URL No Yes Yes
Can be added to a channel section No Yes 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
Can be commented on No Yes Yes
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