If you were a YouTuber, or you've ever posted videos to YouTube, you would probably know you can post a video as public, so anyone will be able to see the video, and it can be searched, but you can also choose to make a video Unlisted, so you need to know the link to find it, and it won't be able to be searched; or Private, so only you can see it. However, most people might be unaware that you can share a private video and invite others to view it.

Part 1. How to Make a Private YouTube video?

To post a private video, you need to go to YouTube Studio in a web browser (you can't do this using a smartphone app) and choose to share the video with unique users via their email address. Just the people you share the video with will see it, but even though they send a connection to someone else, it won't work. I will show you how to share a private YouTube video in a few steps.

  1. Open your browser and navigate to YouTube

  2. Click your avatar in the top right corner of the page, and then click "YouTube Studio" in the drop-down menu. youtube-studio-icon

  3. You will see the "Upload Video" button in the center of the page; click it to upload the video. youtube-upload-video

  4. Click "Select Files" to choose the file you want to upload, then select the video file you wish to upload from your computer. make-private-video-select-files

  5. Once you've selected the file and upload it, a setting panel will pop up. Choose your video title and description carefully and fill them in the blank to proceed. Scroll down, and you will be able to configure the playlist, thumbnail, and other settings. Click "Next" once everything is done. make-private-video-details

  6. In this section, you can add some additional elements like end screen and cards to your video. It's also okay to skip this part if you want. Click "Next" to continue. make-private-video-elements

  7. Among these options, check the first one to make the video private, which means it can't be shared or accessed without your permission. Click "Save" to complete this process. Congratulation! You've successfully uploaded your first private YouTube video. make-private-video-set-private

Part 2. Unable to download Private Video? Try Something Else

You might be used to think about downloading video but failed because private video is highly personal and encrypted; so it only can be viewed by the video creator and those who are invited; nobody else can visit or watch a private YouTube video, let alone download the video. However, among millions of YouTube videos, you can always find some suitable substitutions for watching. Today, I will introduce you to a fast and easy way to download YouTube videos for offline watching.

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To download a YouTube Video with iMdownloader, you only need to do it by following steps:


  1. Navigate to YouTube and copy the link of the videos from YouTube that you want to download.
  2. Launch iMdownloader and click on the "Downloader."
  3. Paste the YouTube link you just copied and hit "Analyze."
  4. Configure the downloading format and quality you like, and you can choose to save your YouTube resources as video/audio.
  5. Click the "Finished" button, and you will see your downloaded YouTube videos.

Isn't it easy? After the steps above, your video should be successfully downloaded. Moreover, not limited to the regular videos, you can also download unlisted videos in this way. As long as you have the link of the unlisted YouTube video and paste it in iMdownloader in the same procedure, you will be able to download the unlisted video normally.

Part 3. How to Share a Private YouTube Video?

  1. Click "Content" in the panel on the left side of the screen, and you will be able to see your uploaded videos here. youtube-studio-content-icon

  2. Click at the "Visibility" option, and then you will be able to change the visibility of the video. Tap the "SHARE PRIVATELY" button to proceed. A new tab will open, and a pop-up will appear. youtube-studio-share-privately

  3. Fill in the email address of the one you want to invite, check the "Notify via email" option your friend can be notified that you are sharing the video. Make sure you've entered the email correctly. Click "Done" youtube-studio-fill-email

Part 4. How to Watch a Private YouTube Video?

Only the ones that are permitted and invited by the video creator can access the private video. After the steps above, the people who are shared with this video will receive an email.


Once you've received the invitation email, click on the player icon to navigate the private video.

# In the End

After reading through the words above, you must get a better understanding of how different visibility differ from the others. With iMdownloader, except for private videos, you basically can download anything from YouTube. You can also download an entire playlist within a single download. If you are interested, please refer to: "The Best Way to Download a YouTube Playlist (opens new window)."

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