Message friends on YouTube

After 18 September, you'll no longer be able to send messages directly on YouTube. Some parts of this feature may disappear before this date, such as sharing a video as a message. 
If you'd like to save a copy of your messages:

  1. Go to
  2. In the YouTube section, select "All data included" to choose which data you want to keep.
  3. Deselect all data except "Chats".
  4. Select OK
  5. Select Next step.
  6. Select "Create archive".
  7. You'll receive an email when your archive is ready.
  8. Download all of your chats as a .zip file.

When you share a video on YouTube or get a message from a YouTube friend, a private conversation is created where you can view and discuss the video. You can watch shared videos directly in your conversation.    

View and manage current conversations    

You can view shared videos and current conversations, share more videos and manage group conversation participants. 

View your conversations

To find all of your existing conversations started in the YouTube app:
  1. Click Messages in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  2. Select the chat that you'd like to see. 

Note: When you view a message, others in the chat can see that you've viewed it. You'll also see when others have viewed a chat message that you've sent – the note “Seen” or “Seen by <Friend name>” will be shown in the chat.

Share videos

  1. Go to the video that you'd like to share. 
  2. Under the video player, tap Share 
    • Share via message on YouTube by selecting a friend. 
    • Share the video link by selecting an app or copying the link to the video.

View or add participants

  1. Click Messages  in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  2. Select the conversation to which you'd like to add participants.
  3. Click More  and then View participants or Add participants.

Delete or leave a conversation

  1. Click Messages  in the top right-hand corner of the page. 
  2. Open a conversation.
  3. In the top right-hand corner, click More .
  4. Select Leave this chat to remove the chat from your list of conversations.
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