How to Make a YouTube Channel Account Public

by Ken Burnside
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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

Step 1

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

Step 2

Click "Advanced."

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

Managing Privacy of Individual Videos

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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.


  • 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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