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What is the difference between "Unlisted" and "Private"?
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Hello, please help!!  I have a video that I only want for one person to watch (I'm pitching a business idea that I don't want anyone else to see/hear about).  If I set it to Private, I can obviously send the person the Private URL for them to watch.

BUT, here's the problem:  The Private setting doesn't allow the video's THUMBNAIL to show up in iMessage when the URL is sent to someone! It just sends them the little red YouTube icon, without the thumbnail.

I NEED THE TEXT MESSAGE TO SHOW THE THUMBNAIL, to get the attention of the person I'm trying to pitch to.

The Thumbnail DOES show up if I switch the settings from Private to UNLISTED.  However, I don't know if the public can somehow search/find/see the UNLISTED video???  No where in this help center does it tell me if the public can find/see the Unlisted video I posted?

Does anyone know?  Thank you kindly.
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You cannot share a link to a private video. Only you can see private videos while logged in to your account.

The only way to do what you're trying to do is to set the status to unlisted. Nobody can search for or find an unlisted video. The only way to see it is if you have the direct link for it.
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