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Can YouTube Channels Be Private?

The Bad News

A private YouTube channel may sound like an effective solution for sharing content exclusively with specific individuals, customers or employees. Unfortunately, YouTube does not provide the tools that would make this possible.

The Good News

There is a workaround, although it requires slightly more work for the channel owner. It’s possible to populate a public channel with entirely private videos. As long as the owner ensures that all of their videos are all listed as “private”, it will, in effect, be a completely private channel.

How to Make a Video ‘Private’ (On a PC)

  1. Log in to YouTube Studio
  2. Click on the ‘Channel Videos’ tab (the second icon down on the left).
  3. Click on the ‘Visibility’ drop-down menu of your chosen video.
  4. Select ‘Private’

Following that process for every video is the only way channel owners can make their content 100% private.

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  • Jamie is a freelance writer who boldly asks the questions nobody else wants, or cares, to find the answer to. He believes there’s something interesting to discover in even the most unassuming topics—from hydroelectric power to memory foam mattresses—and that’s the reason he’s excited to write about it all. When his fingers aren’t doing their little dance over the keyboard, Jamie can be found running or watching something terrible at the cinema.

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