Share a private YouTube video

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When you upload a video to YouTube and set the visibility to Private, only the people you specify can watch that video. If you want to share your private videos with people, here’s how to do it on your desktop.

Note: At the time of writing, there is no way to share a private video on the YouTube mobile app. You must use the desktop version of YouTube.

When you share your private video, the recipient will receive an email with a link to watch the video. They need to sign in to their Google account before they can access your video on YouTube.

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Privately share YouTube videos with someone

To start the sharing process, launch a web browser on your computer and open YouTube Studio. Log in to your YouTube (Google) account if you haven’t already.

Click “Content” in the left sidebar of YouTube Studio.

Select "Contents" from the left sidebar.

In the right pane, select the private video you want to share. Then, in that video’s “Visibility” column, click “Private.”

Select "Private" in the "Visibility" column.

In the menu that opens under ‘Private’, select ‘Private sharing’.

Select "Share privately."

You will see the “Share video privately” box. Enter the email address of the people you want to invite to watch your video. Then check the “Notify by email” box and click “Done”.

Share a private YouTube video with someone.

Select “Save” at the bottom.

Select "Save" At the bottom.

And you’re done. Your recipients will receive an email with a link to your video. Once they click that link, they need to sign into their Google account and then watch your video.

Link to YouTube Private video received in an email.

You can revoke someone’s access to your video if you want. To do this, click on ‘Private’ on your video page and choose ‘Edit’ under ‘Private’. Then delete the email address of the person you want to remove and choose “Done” followed by “Save”.

Revoke someone's access to a private YouTube video.

And that’s how you selectively share your private YouTube videos with the people you want. Happy watching!

Like YouTube, there are other sites where you can share your videos both publicly and privately. Check out the list if you’re curious.

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