How to Make a YouTube Channel Account Public

by Ken Burnside

In October 2012, YouTube changed its methodology for privacy settings on videos and channels, moving from a hidden/public account model to tying your YouTube account to your Google account or Google+ Profile. Privacy settings for videos are handled on a video-by-video basis, and there are a few more options as the service integrates with Google+. If you have an account that was hidden at the time of the transition, and didn't change it to public, you can still do so.

Changing Your Account's Privacy Setting

1

Log in to your YouTube account and click "Settings."

2

Click "Advanced."

3

Click the button that says "Make This Channel Public."

Managing Privacy of Individual Videos

1

Log in to your YouTube account and click "Profile."

2

Click on "Video Manager." You'll see a list of all the videos you've uploaded.

3

Click on each video, or playlist of videos, and select "Public." The other options are "Private" and "Unlisted." Private videos can be seen only by people in your Google+ circles. Unlisted videos won't show up on YouTube video searches.

Tip

  • If you have a hidden YouTube account, and haven't logged into it since Google made the transition to the current system, when you log into it, you'll be sent to a page where you can change the account to "Public."

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About the Author

Ken Burnside has been writing freelance since 1990, contributing to publications as diverse as "Pyramid" and "Training & Simulations Journal." A Microsoft MVP in Excel, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska. He won the Origins Award for Attack Vector: Tactical, a board game about space combat.

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