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Turn comments on or off

There are two versions of the YouTube desktop experience, the current version and the old version. Follow the instructions for the experience you have.
Current desktop experience

Manage channel settings

You can decide if you want to allow viewers to comment on your channel. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer.
  2. Under your avatar at the top right, select My channel.
  3. Under your channel banner, click settings .
  4. Turn Show discussion tab on or off.
  5. If you have the discussion tab turned on, chose a comments setting:
    • Display automatically: Comments will always show on your channel.
    • Don't display until approved: Comments won't show on your channel until you approve them.

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.

Manage video settings

You can decide if you want to allow viewers to comment on specific videos. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer.
  2. Go to Creator Studio > Video Manager.
  3. Select the box next to any of the videos you want to manage. 
  4. At the top of the screen, click the Actions menu. 
  5. Select More actions > Comments. 
  6. Select or unselect Do not allow comments
Old desktop experience

Manage channel settings

You can decide if you want to allow viewers to comment on your channel. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer.
  2. On the left, select My channel.
  3. Under your channel banner, click settings .
  4. Turn Show discussion tab on or off.
  5. If you have the discussion tab turned on, chose a comments setting:
    • Display automatically: Comments will always show on your channel.
    • Don't display until approved: Comments won't show on your channel until you approve them.

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.

Manage video settings

You can decide if you want to allow viewers to comment on specific videos. 

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer.
  2. Go to Creator Studio > Video Manager.
  3. Select the box next to any of the videos you want to manage. 
  4. At the top of the screen, click the Actions menu. 
  5. Select More actions > Comments. 
  6. Select or unselect Do not allow comments
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