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What You Need to Know About Changes to Unlisted Videos Uploaded Before 2017

Published: July 30, 2021

In light of imminent changes to unlisted videos uploaded before January 1, 2017, it’s crucial for creators to stay informed. This update will specifically address the potential impact on your content and present actionable steps to manage it effectively.

Details of the Change

To enhance the security of older content, YouTube is implementing an update which will switch all unlisted videos uploaded before January 1, 2017, to private starting July 23rd. This measure is intended to reinforce the privacy and safety of creators and viewers alike, unless you choose to opt out.

Understanding the Rationale

This mandatory update stems from improvements made in 2017 to the unlisted video link generation process. By bringing older videos up to date with these security enhancements, YouTube ensures a consistent safety standard across the platform.

How to Identify Affected Videos

To pinpoint which of your videos will be affected:

Arrange the listed videos by date, starting with the oldest, to see which were uploaded before January 1st, 2017. We’ve also included a direct link in our video description to facilitate locating legacy content in YouTube Studio.

Your Choices for Legacy Videos:

With the impending update, you are presented with four options for addressing your legacy videos:

  1. Do nothing and allow them to switch to private mode.
  2. Opt-out to keep their current unlisted status, foregoing the security update.
  3. Change their status to public.
  4. Re-upload them as new unlisted videos with enhanced security features.

Each choice will have implications for your video’s visibility, reach, analytics, and engagement. Let’s dive deeper into what each option entails:

Option 1: Transitioning to Private (No Action Required)

If you don’t intervene, older videos will automatically become private. It’s vital to reflect on how this might affect your content’s existing reach and accessibility to your audience.

Option 2: Opting Out (Keep Status Quo Without Security Enhancements)

By using the form in our video description to opt-out, your videos maintain their current unlisted status without the new security benefits. This option is suggested only for those who actively share their unlisted content on third-party sites or social media.

Option 3: Making Videos Public

Converting affected videos to public makes them accessible via YouTube search and recommendations while preserving their original URLs and all historical data such as views and comments. This can affect subscriber notifications and their feed, so consider the timing of this change. You can adjust video visibility individually or in bulk through YouTube Studio.

Option 4: Re-uploading as New Unlisted with Security Enhancements

Re-uploading offers a fresh start for your videos along with new security benefits. This works well if you aim to retain access for your original audience while ensuring robust security for all future interactions. However, be aware of the downsides, such as losing historical data and needing to redistribute the new video links. If you lack a copy of the original, YouTube provides a download option in Creator Studio, with resolutions depending on the quality of the original upload. Google Takeout may offer higher-quality downloads, but videos with copyright claims are not available for download.

This transition brings significant decisions for creators, but it’s also an opportunity to secure and update your content’s relevance. We encourage you to evaluate the best course of action for your videos based on your unique situation and objectives.

For detailed information about this update, do refer to the links provided in the description.

Thank you for your attention.

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