YouTube privacy settings on iPhone: Medium level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on YouTube using iPhone. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Medium level protection.
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Check your Google account settings

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Protect your Google account

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Your YouTube account is linked to your Google account, so the security of the former directly depends on the security of the latter.

How to protect yourself against hackers

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Set a strong password

What for: So you do not get hacked.

If you are using a short and simple password for your YouTube account, cybercriminals can guess it and access your profile. To avoid getting hacked, use a strong password that:

  • Is at least 8 characters long,
  • Contains lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters ($, @, etc.),
  • Is not an actual word or easy-to-guess phrase,
  • Is not the same as your passwords for any other accounts,
  • Does not consist of information that strangers could easily find out (your name, date of birth, pet's name, and so forth — or those of your friends or relatives).

To change the password:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu.
  2. Tap Manage your Google account;
  3. Scroll to the right until you get to the Personal info tab;
  4. Tap Password;
  5. Enter the current password for your Google account and tap Next;
  6. Enter a new strong password (twice) and tap Change password.

How to get rid of unwanted notifications

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Configure notifications

What for: To minimize distractions.

YouTube may show notifications about the actions of other users on your channel and about events related to your account and subscriptions. These notifications can be really annoying and distracting. To disable excessive notifications:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Settings;
  3. Tap Notifications;
  4. Disable excessive notifications under Mobile notifications.

In this same section, you can also Disable sounds and vibrations. This lets you automatically turn off the sound of notifications during a specific time interval, such as nighttime. 

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Delete your YouTube search and watch history

What for: To keep Google from knowing what you’ve searched for or watched.

Google saves data about your search queries in YouTube and a list of the videos that you watched. If you do not want the service to collect this information, disable the watch history and delete any previously accumulated data.

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Settings;
  3. Go to the History & privacy section;
  4. Turn on Pause watch history and Pause search history;
  5. To delete the watch log and search log, tap Clear watch history and Clear search history.

You can also clear watch and search history data for a specific time period or configure automatic deletion of the log. To do so, under History & privacy:

  1. Tap Manage all activity;
  2. On the opened page in your browser, tap the three dots in the upper-right part of the screen;
  3. Tap Delete YouTube activity and select the appropriate time interval;
  4. If you want YouTube to automatically delete your history, tap Choose to delete automatically;
  5. Tick Keep for 3 months or Keep for 18 months and tap the Next button.

How to prevent your personal data from being exposed

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Restrict access to your videos

What for: To control who may watch your videos.

By default, anyone can watch any videos you upload to YouTube. If a video is not intended for a large audience, you can limit its visibility at any time.

To restrict access to an already uploaded video:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Your channel;
  3. Scroll down to the Uploads section to see all videos that you have shared;
  4. Select the video that you want to restrict access to and tap the three dots near its name;
  5. Tap the pencil icon;
  6. Tap the field indicating the current access level and choose the appropriate restriction:
  7. Public means that all Internet users will be able to watch the video,
  8. Unlisted means that only people who have a link to the video will be able to watch it,
  9. Private means that only you and the YouTube users that you approve will be able to watch the video;
  10. Tap Save in the upper right corner of the screen.

To restrict access to a video while it is being uploaded to the website:

  1. When uploading a video, scroll down the page and select the appropriate value in the Access field;
  2. Tap the icon for saving data in the upper right corner of the screen.

Note that access by link does not guarantee the confidentiality of a video. If you share a video with a user, that user can forward the link to other people or publish it on social networks.

Also bear in mind that approved viewers can record your video from their own screen and repost it on a different website. Therefore, if a video clip contains confidential information, it is safer not to post it on YouTube at all.

Conceal information about your playlists and subscriptions

What for: To keep strangers from knowing what you watch.

Your YouTube profile page contains information about your subscriptions and saved playlists. If you do not want other users to see this information, block access to it:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Your channel;
  3. Tap the gear icon on the right of the channel name;
  4. Turn on the following features:
  5. Keep all my subscriptions private,
  6. Keep all my saved playlists private.

Delete all personal information from your channel description

What for: So that strangers do not know too much about you.

The description of your channel might contain information that could be used to easily find out your address, place of work or study, or other information about your life. Enemies or overenthusiastic fans could use this information to find out where you live and hang out, and then stalk you in real life. We advise editing the description of your channel and deleting any confidential information:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Your channel;
  3. Tap the gear icon on the right of the channel name;
  4. Tap the pencil icon on the right of the channel description and delete any personal information;
  5. Tap OK.

How to defeat spammers and trolls

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Block unwanted users

What for: To shield yourself from unpleasant people.

If users write abusive comments or inappropriate personal messages, add them to your blacklist. Blocked users will not be able to view your profile, leave comments under your videos, or write messages in live chats.

To block a user:

  1. Open the user's page on YouTube;
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen;
  3. Select Block user;
  4. Tap Block.

You can also add the user to the blacklist in a live chat. To do so, tap the user's message and select Block.

Disable comments for your videos

What for: So that you do not see any spam or offensive remarks in comments.

By default, all YouTube users can leave comments under your videos, a feature spammers and trolls can abuse. To block strangers from leaving comments or ads under your videos, restrict the ability to leave comments:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select YouTube Studio. If you have not yet installed the app, its download page will open automatically in the App Store;
  3. Under Videos, tap View more to see all your videos;
  4. Select the video which comments you want to disable, and tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the screen;
  5. Select the Advanced settings tab with a screen and a gear on it;
  6. Disable the Allow comments option.

You can limit the visibility of potentially offensive messages instead of completely disabling comments for videos. To do so, follow the instructions for configuring the web version.

Configure the unwanted comments filter

What for: To remove irrelevant comments.

You cannot configure automatic message filtering in the YouTube mobile app. To do so, follow the instructions for the web version.

What would have happened if you had chosen another privacy level?

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