How to Disable Comments on Your YouTube Videos

YouTube is a great way to share your videos with the world, but you don’t always want comments. YouTube’s comments section has a dubious reputation because it’s often filled with low-effort or inappropriate posts. You don’t need to put up with this on your videos.

If you want to disable comments on your YouTube videos, we’ll show you how, retroactively, on all future videos and YouTube live streams as well.

Before you go ahead and disable comments on your YouTube videos, ask yourself if this is the right decision for your channel.

youtube video with comments disabled

YouTube comments are a great way to communicate with your viewers and get feedback on what you post. While you can look for other ways to solicit comments, like social media, nothing is as direct and easy as leaving a comment directly below the video. If you’re growing your channel, this connection is often vital.

Again, YouTube comments are a breeding ground for trolls and bots, and it can have a bad impact on your channel. While you can moderate YouTube comments in YouTube Studio or pin interesting posts to the top, it quickly takes time and you might decide it’s not worth it. Disabling comments is a quick and effective way to shut everything down.


If you have already posted YouTube videos with comments, you can disable comments on as many of them as you want in bulk.

If the video has comments, deleting the comment feature will not permanently remove them. This means that you can enable comments in the future and old comments will reappear.

To disable comments on your existing YouTube videos:

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  1. Click on your chain icon in the upper right corner.
  2. To select YouTube Studio.
  3. From the left menu, select Contents.
  4. To the left of each video, Check those you want to modify. You can also place a checkmark in the top row (next to the Video header) to select all.
  5. In the menu that appears above the table, click the Edit scrolling menu.
  6. To select comments.
  7. On the New value drop-down list, select Disable comments.
  8. Click on Update Videos.

This process may take some time, depending on how many videos you are editing. Wait to be told you can leave the page.

For all videos you post in the future, you can change the default comment setting so that comments are disabled. You can always enable comments on these videos at a later date if you wish, but changing the default means you don’t have to manually adjust the setting for each video.

To turn off comments on your new YouTube videos by default:

youtube studio comment settings
  1. Click on your chain icon in the upper right corner.
  2. To select YouTube Studio.
  3. From the left menu, select Settings.
  4. In the modal that opens, from the left menu, select Community.
  5. Go to Fault tongue.
  6. Use the Comments on your new videos drop down and set it to Disable comments.
  7. Click on to safeguard.

A YouTube live stream is a great way to engage with your audience. To facilitate this two-way communication, YouTube provides a live chat feature that appears alongside your streams. Users can comment in real time with you and others, helping to create a sense of community.

However, it is understandable that you want to disable this option. It can be distracting. It is also difficult to moderate, especially if several people are chatting simultaneously.

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When setting up your live stream, select webcam from the left navigation. If you haven’t already, give your feed a Title. Then go to the Personalization tongue.

Under the Live chat header, disable Live chat. This removes the live chat modal and means no one can message during your stream.

Alternatively, you can keep live chat on but control who can talk. For this, look under the Participating modes on your mind. Here you can switch between Anybody (anyone logged in to a YouTube account) and The subscribers (someone who has followed your channel for a while).

You can come back to this screen during your live stream and turn live chat on/off, so don’t worry if you change your mind.

There are several reasons why comments on your YouTube videos may be disabled, even without you specifically choosing it.

The most common reason is that your channel or videos are marked as “made for kids”. To comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), YouTube disables comments on all videos directed to children (either because they are the primary audience or because the topics of the video are of interest to them).

youtube settings designed for kids

To control this setting, go to YouTube Studio and select Settings > Channel > Advanced settings. This applies the setting at the channel level. Even if you disable this option, you can still enable it per video.

Similarly, YouTube can disable comments on your video if it features children but doesn’t violate platform policies. If this applies to your video, you can’t turn comments back on for it.

You also won’t see comments on your YouTube videos if you’re browsing YouTube in restricted mode. Disable it via your profile picture > Restricted mode > Disabled. Similarly, if your YouTube account is a supervised account (i.e. controlled by a parent/guardian), you cannot enable comments.

Also, if any of your videos are auto-generated by art tracks (a song without a music video), those don’t support comments.

Finally, YouTube disables comments on all your private videos. To change the privacy of your video, go to YouTube Studio, select Contentsand use the Visibility drop-down list to select either Unlisted Where public.

Now you know how to disable comments on your YouTube videos. Remember that this doesn’t have to be a permanent change. If you decide you want to receive feedback on your videos, it’s just a few clicks away.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from commenting on other people’s videos, as long as they haven’t muted them either. So go into the world of YouTube and make your opinions known.

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