How to make a YouTube video private

Would you like to make a video you uploaded to your YouTube channel “invisible” to the public eye , without actually having to delete it, but you don’t know how to do it? Do you need to upload a private movie to YouTube but can’t find the right option to do it? If the answer to at least one of these questions is yes, don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place, at the right time!

With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to make a video on YouTube private and I will provide you with all the information you need to succeed in your intent. First of all, it will be my job to tell you what the various visibility options are available on YouTube and list the main differences between them. Next, you will find the procedure both to “privatize” a video already available on YouTube and to do it during the upload phase.

How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So let’s not waste any more precious time and see how to proceed. Make yourself comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I assure you that, following my instructions and trying to put them into practice on the device of your interest, making a video on YouTube private will really be a breeze. Let it bet?


  • Preliminary information
  • How to make a video already uploaded to YouTube private
    • From computer
    • From smartphones and tablets
  • How to upload a private video to YouTube
    • From computer
    • From smartphones and tablets

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and explaining how to make a video on YouTube private , it might be useful to know what visibility options are available for videos uploaded to the famous Google video sharing platform.

All videos that are uploaded to YouTube, by default, have public visibility and can be seen by anyone. However, both when uploading movies and for videos already uploaded to your YouTube channel , you can choose one of the other visibility options available between Unlisted and Private .

The videos Not in list can be viewed and shared by anyone with the link. They are not shown in the Videos section of the YouTube channel they were uploaded to and are not included in YouTube search results unless someone who knows their URL adds them to a public playlist .

It is, therefore, a good compromise between public movie and private video, ideal for those who intend to share a private video on YouTube (as I also explained to you in my guide on how to share private videos with YouTube ).

Private video , on the other hand, can only be played by the owner of the YouTube channel on which it was uploaded. It also cannot be found via the YouTube search engine and cannot be shared with other people via its URL.

If, therefore, you are wondering who can see a private video on YouTube , the answer is simple: the owner of the video and the systems and individuals who, on behalf of YouTube, review the videos in order to verify the video. eligibility for ads, copyright and other abuse prevention mechanisms. The public, therefore, no.

How to make a video already uploaded to YouTube private

To change the visibility of a video that you have already uploaded to your YouTube channel, all you have to do is access the Video section of your account, locate the video of your interest and, from the available visibility options, choose the Private item . Find everything explained in detail right below.

From computer

To make a video on YouTube from a computer private , connect to the main page of the service and, if you have not already done so, click on the Login button , at the top right, to log in. Then select the Google account you are interested in, enter the password in the appropriate field and press the Next button to access your account.

Now, click on your photo , at the top right, select the YouTube Studio option from the menu that opens and, in the new open page, choose the Video item in the left sidebar. On the Channel Videos screen , then locate the video you want to make private and, in the Visibility column , click on the currently set visibility option ( Public or Unlisted ).

Once this is done, put the check mark next to Private and click on the Save button , to save the changes and make the video in question private.

If, on the other hand, your intention is to make several videos private at the same time, put the check mark next to all the videos of your interest, select the Edit item in the top menu and choose the Visibility option from the menu that opens. Then select the Private item through the Visibility drop-down menu and click on the Update video button , to change the visibility of all selected videos.

How do you say? In addition to the visibility of a video, do you want to make other changes as well? In this case, access the Videos section of YouTube Studio , pause with the mouse pointer on the video of your interest and press the pencil icon .

On the Video Details screen , you can change the title , description , tags , category, and all other information related to the video, including visibility. To change the latter, click on the Visibility box , put the check mark next to Private and press the Finish button .

Once you have completed all the changes you are interested in, click on the Save button at the top right, and that’s it. In this regard, my guide on how to edit videos on YouTube may be useful .

From smartphones and tablets

If you prefer to make a YouTube video private from your smartphone or tablet , you can do it both from the main YouTube application for Android or iPhone / iPad and with YouTube Studio , the app for Android and iOS / iPadOS that allows you to manage your YouTube channel , to monitor the statistics and edit the uploaded videos.

In the first case, start the YouTube app, log in with your Google account (if you have not already done so), press on the Collection item in the bottom menu and, in the new screen displayed, select the option Your videos .

Now, tap on the icon of the three dots relating to the movie you want to edit and choose the Edit item from the menu that opens. Once this is done, press on the visibility option currently set for the video ( Public or Unlisted ) and tap on the Private item . Then press on the Save button , at the top right, and that’s it.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to use the YouTube Studio app, start it and, if you haven’t already done so, press the Login button to log in with the Google account associated with your YouTube channel. At this point, tap the ☰ button at the top left, select the Video option and press the video to make private.

In the new screen displayed, tap on the pencil icon , to access the Edit video section , press on the visibility option currently set ( Public or Unlisted ), select the Private option and tap the Save button , to save changes and change the visibility of the video in question.

How to upload a private video to YouTube

If you are wondering if it is possible to upload a private video to YouTube , you will be happy to know that it is possible to set the visibility option of your interest even during the upload phase. How to do? I’ll explain it to you right away!

From computer

To upload a video to YouTube from a computer , connected to the main page of the Google video sharing platform , log in to your account, click on the camera icon at the top, and select the Upload video option from the menu that opens.

In the new screen that appears, press the Select file button , choose the video you want to upload and click on the Open item to start uploading. At this point, enter the details of the video in question in the fields Title , Description , Audience and Age limits ; if you wish, also select the playlist in which to add the video and click on the Next button twice consecutively.

In the Visibility section , put the check mark next to the Private option , press the Save button , to save the changes, and wait for the video to be uploaded. Simple, right?

From smartphones and tablets

As you well know, it is also possible to upload a video to YouTube from smartphones and tablets . To do this, start the YouTube app , log into your account and tap the camera icon located at the top right.

In the new screen that appears, select the Record option , to record a video on the spot and upload it directly to your YouTube channel. If, on the other hand, you want to upload a movie available on your device, tap on its preview image , make any changes using the Crop and Filters tools and press the Next button .

In the Add details screen , enter the title and description of the video in the Create a title and Add description fields and, if you wish, add the location of the video by pressing the + button for the Location item .

Once this is done, click on the Public item and select the Private option from the menu that opens, to change the visibility of the movie in question. Finally, tap the Save button , at the top right, to save the changes and complete the upload of the video to your YouTube channel.


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