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How To Remove The Share Features On Unlisted YouTube Videos
Posted by Thang Le Toan on 14 September 2016 10:45 PM

If you’ve got an unlisted video, chances are you don’t want people sharing the link to it.  Maybe it’s in a members area of your website.  Maybe it’s just a really embarrassing video of you in a thong bikini and a party hat on your head…. sir.

But when you embed the video on your own site, it still shows up with sharing features if you use the standard embed code.

  • The embed code to use for hiding YouTube share features
  • How to use each of the controls in the embed code

I picked up a cool tip from my new friend Chris Rockett over at Music Marketing Classroom with some code adjustments to remove the share features on unlisted youtube videos.

<iframe src=”″ height=”400″ width=”710″ frameborder=”0″>

Be sure to include your video code where shown.  That’s the string of numbers and letters at the end of the regular URL for your video.  The other controls are used as follows:

controls= … 1 turns on the controls (like play/pause and the time bar), 0 turns them off.  Useful if you don’t want them to be able to scan through.  Force them to watch your whole little bikini dance. They’ll still have access to play and pause by clicking the video itself.

showinfo= …Set this to 0 to turn off the sharing and info features.  1 turns them on.

autoplay=… Set this to 1 to have the video autoplay when they get to the page. 0 means they have to click play.

rel= … Set this to 0 to not include related videos after the current one plays.  1 will give related videos.

So, there ya go.  Keep those unlisted videos unlisted. 

You can hide the embedded player's title bar by adding &showinfo=0. You cannot completely remove all the links to the original video. Here is the best you can do

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This code will remove the title bar, YouTube branding in controls, controls (optional, delete controls=0 if you need controls). But a white YouTube logo will be displayed on the video with the video link.




Here is the Comparison:

The default YouTube Video

default youtube embed codes

The new and improved YouTube Video

no title no bar youtube embed codes

Hopefully, this simple tutorial is clear enough for anyone to follow. As always, leave a comment below if you found it useful, and share with your friends if you think it is awesome!


i used modestbranding=1&autohide=1&showinfo=0&controls=0 in my playlist iframe, but the youtube logo is still in the lower right corner, and clicking it takes the viewer to my youtube page!!
any way to get rid of that logo?



Download YouTube Videos in High Resolution

This method has been around for a while now but a big limitation is that the quality of the downloaded videos isn’t the same as your original clips. Your 720p and 1080p HD video will be saved at 480p.

If this limitation has been keeping you from hosting any of your videos on YouTube, worry no more. You now have an option to download all your YouTube videos in their original resolution – whether its SD or HD. Here’s how:

  1. Go to and click the Create Archive button. Google will now create a zipped archived with all the videos that you have ever uploaded to YouTube.
  2. Once the archive says 100%, proceed to the Downloads tab to grab the actual files. If the archive is large, Google Takeout will split them into individual files of 2 GB each.

YouTube Download Links

The downside is that you have to download the entire archives – there’s no option to download individual video in high resolution.

That said, if you are planning to copy videos from YouTube to Vimeo or another video hosting service but don’t have access to the source video files, you’ll find this new option extremely handy.

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