[YouTube Private vs. Unlisted] What Is the Difference and Which Should You Use?

By Nate McCallister / a few months ago

There are three types of visibility settings for the YouTube videos you publish. You can choose public, private or unlisted. Your choice here is very important so pay attention!

Three Types of YouTube Visibility options

Private vs Unlisted on YouTube

1. What Does Public Mean on YouTube?

 The default visibility. Everyone can see public videos on YouTube. It is shown on your channel, in the search engine, and can be recommended by others if you allow it to be.

2. What Does Private Mean on YouTube?

Only the creator and other YouTube users they invite directly can view this video type. This is the most secure type of YouTube video visibility.

3. What Does Unlisted Mean on YouTube?

Only the creator and anyone who has the URL can view this video type. This is not as secure as private because people can theoretically share the URL with anyone they want. 

YouTube Private vs. Unlisted

Private videos require the creator to give access to anyone that wants to watch the video whereas unlisted is visible to anyone who has the link, but can't be found via search engines.

Which YouTube Visibility Should You Use?

If your goal is to get as much exposure as possible, you need to use the public option. 

If your goal is to publish a video that is very confidential and you only want to share it with a handful of select people, you want to use private.

If you're a course creator or want to have YouTube videos behind some sort of pay wall, unlisted videos are the way to go. 

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Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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