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What is the difference between "Unlisted" and "Private"?
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Unlisted video URLs work like any URL, anyone that has it can use it to view the video, but the URL will not be listed on the YouTube website.  You'd have to share the URL (with anyone, in any way you might typically share URLs). Once you share it, the person you gave it to can share it like any other URL.

Private video URLs are strictly controlled by you. They won't be listed on the YouTube website. Only users you INVITE to view the video can play the video. If they try to share the URL it will not play because the URL is controlled by you, and will only play for users you invited.

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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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Just to clarify, you don't "share the link" to a Private Video, you must use the tools in the Video Manager to give permission to a specific person with a specific email address/Google Account to view it. Such invitations do not include the thumbnail because to do so would reveal data about the video before the viewer opened it giving YouTube the opportunity to verify they are allowed to view it (or its thumbnail). As Mr J stated, and as I have said, Unlisted videos are, well, "unlisted," they do not appear on YouTube public pages or searches, until or unless you share it publicly, or someone you gave the URL to does so.
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