How to Make a YouTube Channel Account Public


Whether or not the videos on your YouTube channel are public is determined on a video by video basis. Each video has its own dedicated privacy settings page via which you can set the video to be public, private or unlisted. All of the videos set as public will appear on your channel alongside other account information such as your channel name and location.

  • Log in to your YouTube account, click the down-facing arrow next to the "Upload" button and select "Video Manager" to launch your Video Manager.

  • Locate the video you want to edit and then click its associated "Edit" button.

  • Click the "Privacy Settings" drop-down menu and select "Public." The three options include Public, Private and Unlisted. See the Tips section of this article for an explanation of an unlisted video.

  • Click "Save Changes" to finish making your video public.

  • Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for each video you want to make publicly viewable on your YouTube channel.

Tips & Warnings

  • An unlisted video is technically public, but in order to view it people must know the video's Web address. Unlisted videos are not searchable on YouTube. Unlike private videos, people do not need a YouTube account to view unlisted videos.
  • In the future, if you want all of your new videos to be public by default, you can do so by changing your default upload settings. To do this, visit the YouTube website and log in to your account using the Google account username and password associated with the YouTube channel you want to manage. Hover your mouse pointer over your channel name and click the Edit button that appears (the button is identified by a pencil icon). Click "Channel Settings" to load your channel's advanced settings page. Click the "Defaults" tab on the left of the page beneath the Channel Settings heading. Click the "Privacy" pull-down menu and select "Public." Click "Save" to save your changes.

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