How to Make a Private YouTube Video

You can make your existing and new YouTube video private. Only you and the users you pick can see your private YouTube video.

Typically, private videos will not be shown in these places:

  • Search results
  • Your channel
  • Subscriber feed
  • Recommendations and related videos

Here are some important things to note:

  • Using the YouTube app, you can’t share private YouTube videos. However, it’s available on the YouTube desktop version.
  • The private video doesn’t have any comments.
  • You can make your YouTube playlists private.

Here, you’ll see the steps to make a YouTube video private on YouTube (PC) and YouTube app (Android and iPhone).

Read: How to Like a YouTube Video

​How to Make a Private Video on YouTube


By default, all the videos uploaded to YouTube are public. But you can make a video private while uploading it to YouTube.

Below are the steps to set up “Private” visibility for a new video.

In the video upload screen, navigate to the “Visibility” tab.

Select “Private.”

Hit “Save.”

That’s all. Your video is a private video.

If you want to share a private video with anyone, then follow the steps below:

Go to YouTube Studio.

Hit “Videos” on the left sidebar.

Hit the video you prefer.

Hit the three vertical dots on the right side of the screen. 

Click on “Share privately.”

Provide the email addresses of the persons with whom you would like to share this private video.

Deselect “Notify via email” if you don’t want the person(s) to get notified about the video via email.

Hit the “Save and go back to YouTube Studio” button.


If you want all your future videos to be private, then follow the steps below:

Go to YouTube Studio.

Hit “Settings” in the left sidebar.

In the pop-up, hit “Upload defaults.”

In the “Basic info” tab, open “Visibility” drop-down list.

Select “Private.”

Hit “Save.”

That’s all. All your future videos will be private videos.

For Existing YouTube Videos 

Below are the steps to change the visibility of the existing video(s) to private.

Go to YouTube Studio. 

Hit “Videos” in the left sidebar. 

Choose the video(s) you want. 

Note: If you want to make all YouTube videos private, then choose the first checkbox at the top. Now you can see the “Select all” link. Click on it and all are selected. Let’s go ahead with the next steps. 

Hit “Edit.” 

Hit “Visibility.” 

Open the drop-down list and select “Private.” 

Hit “Update Videos” button. 

Select the checkbox in the pop-up. Click on “Update Videos.” 

Android or iPhone 

Follow the steps below to change the existing videos visibility to private. 

Open the YouTube app.

Hit “Library” at the bottom. Hit “Your videos.”

Tap the three vertical dots beside the video you prefer.

Hit “Edit.”

Tap the one that is beneath the description.

You will see these options: Public, Unlisted, Private, and Scheduled.

Tap “Private.”

Hit “Save” at the top.

Note: There is no option to do this task for multiple or all videos at once.