YouTube privacy settings on Mac: Relaxed level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on YouTube using Mac. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Relaxed 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 figure it out 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. In the menu on the left, select Personal info;
  4. Select Password;
  5. On the identity confirmation window, tap Next;
  6. Confirm your identity by unlocking the screen;
  7. Enter a new strong password twice and tap Change password.

Turn off the quick purchases option

What for: To prevent hackers from using your accounts.

When making purchases, YouTube asks for the password of your account by default. However, the quick purchases option can be turned on, in which case payments will be made without confirmation. If you want to prevent accidental expenditures and protect your money, don’t opt out of transaction confirmation. To check your settings:

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select Settings;
  3. In the left menu, select Billing and payments;
  4. If the quick purchases option is enabled, tap Disable quick purchase.

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How to prevent your personal data from being exposed

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Delete all personal information from your channel description

What for: To keep strangers from learning 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 to edit 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 My channel;
  3. Tap Customize channel;
  4. Select the About this channel tab;
  5. Tap the Description field and delete any confidential information from it.
  6. Tap Done.

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 black list. Blocked users will not be able to view your profile, leave comments under your videos, or write messages in live chats.

  1. Open the user's YouTube page;
  2. Tap About;
  3. Click the flag icon.
  4. Select Block user and confirm your choice.

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

Configure the unwanted comments filter

What for: To remove irrelevant comments.

If you do not want to disable comments to your videos completely, configure automatic filters based on prohibited words, or independently check potentially unacceptable comments before they are published.

  1. Tap the account icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the menu;
  2. Select YouTube Studio;
  3. In the left menu, select Settings;
  4. Go to the Community section; You will end up on the Automatic filters tab;
  5. Choose from the following:
  6. Appoint channel moderators who will be able to check comments and add users to the black list;
  7. Add approved users;
  8. Block users;
  9. Add specific words to a stop list so that comments containing these words are automatically deleted;
  10. Hold all comments containing links so that they can be checked.

Note that these settings are also applied to live chats.

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

Privacy level


Basic privacy settings, maximum convenience.


A golden mean respecting privacy matters but preserving convenience.


A choice of security over convenience; instructions contain a lot of details.

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