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How to Share a Private YouTube Playlist with this Simple Hack

Last updated on January 23rd, 2024 at 02:18 am

YouTube doesn’t allow you to share a private Youtube playlist. There’s a workaround though.

People usually create private YouTube playlists for their own viewing pleasure.

A private YouTube playlist may contain public, unlisted, or private videos.

Usually, they contain private videos. Videos that they don’t want anyone else to watch except some selected people.

If they’ve hundreds of private videos, they would want to organize them by playlists.

This would save them time and effort hunting their favorite videos among the hundreds of other random videos on their channel.

But sometimes there will be a need to share the private YouTube Playlist with family members or friends.

As you may already know, YouTube doesn’t allow you to share the URL of a private playlist.

You can only share a public and unlisted playlist.

Does that mean you can’t share your private YouTube playlists? No. The good news is there’s a workaround.

Why Share a Private YouTube Playlist?

The first reason is you want the videos to be viewed by certain people. In other words, you want the videos to be private.

Second, you can easily add more private videos to the list. Maybe you want the videos to be watched in a particular order. This would be helpful if you’re sharing training videos.

Since you can’t share the URL of a private YouTube playlist, how do you go about sharing the private videos in your playlist?

Here’s the workaround.

Steps to Sharing a Private YouTube Playlist

Create a Playlist and Add Videos

First of all, you create the playlist.

Then you start adding videos to the playlist.

Set Videos to Private

Once the videos are there, you would have to set the privacy to private.

Here’s the complete guide to setting your videos as private and sharing them via email notifications.

Do these for all the videos.

Send Email Notifications

You have to send email notifications to whoever you want to share the videos with.

Once you’re done, you’ve to go to the most important step.

Changing the Privacy Setting of Your Playlist

Change the privacy setting of the playlist. You can set the privacy to either public or unlisted.

Why are we doing this? It’s because YouTube only allows you to share only public and unlisted playlists.

Wouldn’t others be able to see the videos in the playlist because it is set as public or unlisted?

Yes, they can click through to the playlist. However, they won’t be able to access any videos there.

Why? Because all the videos there are private. They can only be viewed by those given permission to do so through email.

The next time you add a new private video to the playlist, you just have to give access to the people you choose through email.

This solves the problem of being unable to share a private YouTube playlist. It is a simple workaround.

Watch the video below for the detailed steps.

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