Create YouTube Unlisted or Private Videos and Playlists


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YouTube is a popular source for hosting multimedia content. Instructors can use unlisted or private playlists in order to deliver multimedia content to students in a course, without exposing that content to the public. With different privacy settings, sensitive content can be delivered to a specific audience through a very public domain.

Unlisted vs. private privacy settings

Video and playlist privacy works the same way, by restricting the video's audience.

NOTE: YouTube videos are governed by very strict copyright policies; unlisted and private videos allow for a certain extent of copyrighted material (for instance, music) to be on YouTube without being blocked.

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Upload unlisted/private videos and put them in a playlist

NOTE: YouTube does not allow users to create a playlist without having an existing or uploaded video.

  1. Start the upload of a video by clicking the Upload button on the top right corner.
  2. In the upload page, choose a privacy setting for your video and select the video file.
  3. Once the upload starts, you can still adjust the privacy setting of your video.
  4. At this point you can add the video to a playlist. If you do not have a playlist:
    • Select Add to Playlist, then Create New Playlist.
    • Type a playlist name and adjust privacy settings. Then, click Create.
  5. Additional videos that are uploaded can be added to the playlist.

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Manage a playlist

  1. In the side panel, navigate to your playlist.
  2. Once you click into the playlist, click Edit.
  3. This allows you to change playlist settings, add or remove videos, reorder the videos (by dragging on the bar on the left of video number when hovering with a cursor) or share the playlist.

NOTE: A public video can be in an unlisted or private playlist and vice versa, an unlisted or private video can be in a public playlist. However, an unlisted video WILL be playable if in a public playlist, while a private video will not.

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