YouTube Privacy Settings

YouTube privacy settings will help you protect your identity and maintain a positive profile while you share your videos online. There are many ways you can maintain — and give up — your privacy on YouTube. By adjusting your profile settings, carefully considering the content of your videos, and controlling online interactions you can protect yourself and your privacy on YouTube.

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Keep Your Videos Private

Broadcasting and Sharing Options

You can choose to share your YouTube videos with the world, or you can keep your videos private, and limit viewers to a select 25. 

If you're uploading a lot of private videos, you might want to consider a video sharing site other than YouTube.

That said, YouTube is an exceptional video platform, supporting 4K video, 360 videos, and more. Be sure to investigate other platforms before making a switch. While there are other players, few have the capabilities or bottomless resources a Google-owned site like YouTube can deliver.

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Set Your Videos to 'Unlisted'

If you want to share your videos with more than 25 other people, or with folks who don't have YouTube account, you can set your videos to "unlisted." Anyone with the direct web address can watch an unlisted video, but without the address, the videos are impossible to find. They don't show up in search results, on your YouTube channel, or anywhere else on the site.

Use this setting if you need to share a video without the public seeing it. If you have a client or friend, they may want you to share something without it going viral.

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Watch the Content of Your Videos

It's easy to unwittingly share lots of personal details in a video, like where you live, what the inside of your house is like, and who your family is. Avoid this if you're concerned about your privacy on YouTube.

The best bet is to plan a theme for your content and limit what you show in your videos. Create a simple set and don't discuss personal matters. Speak about your subject matter, but don't show off anything that might tempt somebody to try to take advantage of you.

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Edit Your Account Profile

My Account Settings

Your YouTube account profile lets you share information about your name, your location, your lifestyle and your personal history. If you're concerned about your YouTube privacy, don't share too much information.

Keep things fun, light and vague. Under interests, don't put "collecting Rolexes and leaving my door unlocked!"

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Adjust Your Account Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings

If you'd like to keep your YouTube activity private from strangers, you can do that with your YouTube account privacy settings. You can control who's allowed to send you messages and share videos, and what others can see and know about your videos.

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Control Comments, Ratings and Responses

Comments Settings

YouTube lets you share your videos with a wide audience, and sometimes that audience includes nasty people who spew insults on the web.    

Adjust the video settings so you can preview and approve comments, video responses, and ratings.  This prevents inappropriate comments from being published and deters the posters from trying again.  

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Manage Where Your Videos are Seen

Embedding Settings

YouTube videos spread far beyond the website, and far beyond the computer. If you're concerned about your videos being embedded on strangers websites or broadcast over mobile and TV networks, adjust the Embedding and Syndication options.

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Activity Sharing

Activity Sharing Setting

Your YouTube account gives you the option to make your activity on the site visible to others. If you're concerned about privacy, it's best not to let others know what you're doing on a constantly updated basis.

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Check Your Account Status

Manage Account

It's a good idea to check your account status every once in a while. You can make sure that nothing unusual has happened that might indicate a stranger has accessed your account.

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Report any Bad Behavior

Help and Safety Tool

YouTube is a community, and if someone is harassing you, violating your privacy or being inappropriate, it's best to report the behavior. There's a special Help & Safety tool for doing just that.