How to Make YouTube Videos Private (aka Unlisted)

October 9, 2020

YouTube isn’t only for vloggers like Casey Neistat, or daily shows like Good Mythical Morning. YouTube should be a tool you put to use for your visitors and clients! So let’s talk about one of it’s best features: how to make YouTube videos private.

When we’re asked to help clients make their videos private, what they really mean is unlisted. A private YouTube can only be viewed by 50 people who have a direct invitation.  An unlisted video, on the other hand, means that people can view your video, but it won’t show up for anyone on YouTube in any searches (or in Google), and can only be accessed by a direct web link (or an embedded video on your site).

For any small business website that needs a to improve their web design by putting video on their home page, but doesn’t want it to appear in YouTube’s search or recommended video feed, watch our video below or follow the following directions to make your YouTube videos private (unlisted).

 

How to Make YouTube Videos Private

Learn how to make YouTube videos private so you can decide where to show your video and who you want to see it.

10 Minutes
Estimated Cost
Tools
YouTube, Vimeo

1. Go to your YouTube Channel

1. Go to your YouTube Channel
Login to YouTube and click your user picture in the upper right, then click on the “Your Channel” option in the drop down.

2. Click on Manage Videos

2. Click on Manage Videos
Once you’re on your channel page, click the “Manage Videos” button on the right.

3. Click Create and then Upload video

3. Click Create and then Upload video
Click the "Create" button in the upper right, then click the "Upload video" button that appears.

4. Drag your Video file from your Computer and Upload it

4. Drag your Video file from your Computer and Upload it
A window will pop up in your tab that says "Drag and drop video files to upload"... do that!

5. Uncheck Publish to Subscriptions Feed

5. Uncheck Publish to Subscriptions Feed
Once your video is uploaded, you'll get another window a few more options.  Make sure you uncheck the "Publish to subscriptions feed and notify subscribers".  This way anyone who's subscribed to your feed or is a subscriber won't see the video.

6. Select Unlisted under Save or Publish

6. Select Unlisted under Save or Publish
Make sure you select "Unlisted" under "Save or publish".  An unlisted video won't show up anywhere on YouTube unless the someone directly clicks on a link to that video.  It won't show up in YouTube's search Google's search! TIP: YouTube's "Private" selection is VERY private.  You can only have up to 50 people who you can invite to view your video.  That's it!

7. Get the Share Code

7. Get the Share Code
Now, just click on your video page, and click  the "Share" link.  This will popup a page with a few options.

8. Get the Embed Code

8. Get the Embed Code
To get this video on your site, just click the "embed" button to get the code you'll be able to add to your website.

9. Copy the Code

9. Copy the Code
Now, just copy the code (either click the little "copy" button in the bottom right, or use ctrl+c/cmd+c on your keyboard).  Take this code and appropriately put it into the page on your site you want your video to appear on. TIP: If you want to share your video with folks in a newsletter or social media post, just copy the URL of your video and use that!
by Jonathan Watson

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