How to Create a Private YouTube Channel (Step-By-Step Guide)

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Creating a private YouTube channel is not that difficult. In this post, we explain how to create a new private YouTube channel or how to make an existing public YouTube channel private in step by step.

We all know that YouTube is not just a video hosting site but also a good monetization method. So some of you may be wondering why you should start a private YouTube channel.

Videos uploaded to a private channel cannot be viewed by anyone without your invitation. Therefore, there is no income from advertising.

So why are you thinking of starting a private YouTube channel?

There can be many reasons for that. Some of them are,

  • To share your private videos with loved ones
  • To back up your favorite videos
  • To store videos for internal training purpose
  • To build a private community of friends and family
  • To conduct a test run before the public launch
  • To avoid copyright issues

Whatever the reasons, YouTube has the option to make your entire channel private or store only selected videos as private. Let us check how we can do this,

How to Create a Private YouTube Channel (2024 Guide)

  1. Visit YouTube and tap Sign in.

Enter your Gmail credentials to log in.

2. After successful sign in, you will be directed to YouTube home page. Click your profile picture in the top-right corner to view settings.


Select Create a channel option.

3. A popup box will appear like this,

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Enter a name for your channel. Upload a picture if required. Then, click on the Create channel option.

Wait for a few moments. Finally, it will redirect you to the channel dashboard.

4. Open Settings from the left sidebar.


A box will appear with options to add channel keywords, add and manage users, and even delete your YouTube channel.

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Visit ‘Upload defaults’ menu. You can set a default title, description, and tags for all videos on this section. Click ‘Visibility’ and select ‘Private’ from the list.

What does it mean?

Thereafter, all videos uploaded to this channel will be shared privately. That means no one can see them without your invitation. But you can change the status anytime and upload them publicly if needed.

That’s it.

I created a private YouTube channel for writing this post and uploaded 4 videos as private.


As you see, private videos are not showing on the channel feed or any other part of YouTube. They can be seen by the channel invitees only.

In the following sections, you will learn how to add invites and how to share private videos on YouTube.

How to Upload a Private Video on YouTube?

1. Sign in to your YouTube channel. Click ‘Upload video’ from the main screen to upload your first video.

A box will overlay your screen. Click ‘Select files’ to connect you to the local drive and upload file.

A simple step by step wizard will open to assign a title and description to your video. Click on Next to go to the next step. Finally, you will see an option to manage the visibility part.

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Select Private. So only you and your invitees can watch your videos. No one can watch it even though they got your private video link. On the other hand, anyone can watch an unlisted video with a link. That is the main difference between private and unlisted YouTube videos.

Private videos won’t appear on YouTube searches, related video sections, and feeds. People including the channel owner can comment on those videos as well.

Save changes.

How to Share a Private Video on YouTube?

  1. Sign in to your YouTube channel first.
  2. Visit Your Videos from the left sidebar.

It will automatically connect you to YouTube Studio, where you can edit and manage uploaded videos.

3. Click on Private (under Visibility) to share a video with specific people.


Select ‘Share privately’.

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Enter email addresses with whom you want to share this private video. Finally, check ‘Notify via email’ box and Done.

Your private video is successfully shared with the selected people.

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