I have uploaded a YouTube video and marked it as private.

Now I want to share it with someone. I have tried to share it a few times, but they have not received any email notification.

What is the proper way of sharing the video?

  • You can try this workaround: Go to: youtube.com/subscribers Once inside the page that loads the previous version of YouTube Studio, click on Video manager. Click Edit next to the video you want to share privately.
    – Pete
    May 10, 2020 at 10:21

5 Answers 5


Here's what Youtube says for sharing private videos. So, if you're sending the email notifications the way the steps say, then like one of the other answers says, maybe your friends need to add service@youtube.com to their email address book.

If you'd like to share one of your videos with a select and limited audience, you can do so by setting your video to private. Once the video's set to private you'll be able to share it with fifty other users.

Once you've set the video to private you'll be able to send the video's private URL with your contacts. Once your contacts receive the private URL, they'll be able to sign into their YouTube account and watch the video.

Here's how to find and send a private video's private URL:

  1. Sign into your YouTube account and click the Account link located (at the top-right of any page ).
  2. Then click the Uploaded Videos link. Click and choose the video you want to send to your friends. Then, click the "Edit" button.
  3. Under the "Broadcasting and Sharing Options" section (on the left-hand side of the page towards the bottom) you'll see "Privacy" options. Click the little black arrow / triangle to expand and see all your privacy options (if its not already open and you cannot see your privacy options).
  4. If the video's set to private, there will be a URL section below the "Private" option. This is the special private link that you will send to (up to) fifty contacts so that they can watch your private video.
  5. Email / send a private message including the private video's special URL. When your friends receive the email invitation, they'll need to: Sign into their YouTube account
  6. Click the video URL. They'll then be able to watch the video

That's it! You've now learned how to share a private video with your contacts!

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    Would be great to have an URL to this article.
    – Meetai.com
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:30
  • what does this mean? "Sign into your YouTube account and click the Account link located (at the top-right of any page )." I am asking because I can't find what the "Uploaded Videos link" button or what it means or how it should look like. Jul 5, 2015 at 20:48
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    This answer is obsolete.
    – Rubén
    Dec 5, 2017 at 18:07

The original accepted answer is out of date. The current steps are:

  1. Navigate to https://www.youtube.com/
  2. Click your account icon at the top right, and select "Creator Studio" from the menu.
  3. In the videos panel click the "Edit" button next to the video you with to share.
  4. On the "Basic Info" tab, ensure, the privacy is set to "Private". Otherwise, the option to share with specific people will be hidden.
  5. On the "Basic Info" tab, click the "Edit" button just under the privacy drop down list.
  6. The primary action button to submit the form will say "Share". Click that button to save your changes.
  • 1
    Will this work with non gmail email ids?
    – keshav
    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:37
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    only if they have a Google account @keshav Dec 7, 2017 at 9:06
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    This answer is also out of date: i.imgur.com/yvq8Xwq.png (you can set the "visibility" to private, but there are no further options to share)
    – dylanh724
    Sep 12, 2018 at 3:45
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    @dylanh724 I think you're using the Beta version of YouTube Studio. In that case you find the sharing option in this way: Studio dashboard > videos > select your video > go on the left > other functions> share privately
    – gibbone
    Jun 8, 2019 at 13:09
  • Thank you gibbone! That was super unintuitive and all the other answers made me think I was crazy. Clearly things have changed significantly.
    – Ben
    Nov 21, 2019 at 14:50

11.01.2019 - present day

  • click on your profile icon on top right
  • select Creator Studio
  • go to Video Manager
  • select video you want to share
  • click on Edit button
  • add your +1 person under Private selection


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    If questions are true duplicates of one another, please close them as such rather than answering in both places. Thanks!
    – jonsca
    Jan 12, 2019 at 1:05

I'm not sure if YouTube likes to change it all the time or what ... It took me a while to find it today, so I recorded a simple video how you can do it (as of Feb. 2020):


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    That looks great. Could you please though "translate" it into a real answer as well? If you don't have the time I am willing to. I would be a shame for such a great solutions to exist as just a link. Mar 1, 2020 at 23:16
  • @marikamitsos: what do you mean by "real answer"? Did I not record & show how to do it step-by-step.
    – c00000fd
    Mar 2, 2020 at 6:23
  • I mean as per site guidelines mentioned here "Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. ..." and here "Provide context for links". Mar 5, 2020 at 8:21
  • @marikamitsos sure, remove it.
    – c00000fd
    Mar 5, 2020 at 9:11
  • I am afraid you completely misunderstood my comment :( Mar 5, 2020 at 9:20

Have you read this information from the YouTube site?

I would imagine that the email has been blocked as spam.

Getting Started: Sharing videos

There are many options for sharing a video you've found on YouTube. Here are a few:

  1. Have YouTube send your friends an email with a link to the video - just sign into your YouTube account, click on the "Share" link underneath any video, and then scroll down to the "Send this video from YouTube" box. Enter any email address you want and an optional personal message, then click "Send"

  2. Send a video URL to your friends directly - just click on the "URL" text box to the right of any video, copy the text, and paste it to anyone in an email message or IM window

  3. Share to a social network - just click on your favorite social network underneath a video (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, orkut, etc), sign into that social network (if necessary), and follow the instructions to send the video to your profile or directly to your friends.

Having trouble sharing a videos?

If your friends haven't received the YouTube videos you've shared with them, please ask them to check their spam folder to see if the emails were filtered there. Adding service@youtube.com to their address book or filter exception list may help avoid this problem in the future. You may also want to confirm that you're entering the right email addresses when you share videos.

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