As a creator on YouTube, disabling comments on your videos can be a bit tricky because that’s one major way to engage with your audience, but sometimes the comment section can be filled with negativity or even spark controversial debates.

How to Disable Comments on YouTube

So it’s understandable that sometimes you may want to disable this feature, although you should note doing this will also raise eyebrows from your subscribers and fans. Now, we’re going to take you through how to disable your YouTube comments in the next section.

Table of Contents
- How to Disable Comments on YouTube
- Why You Shouldn’t Disable Comments on YouTube

How to Disable Comments on YouTube

You can turn off your YouTube comments using either your desktop or smartphone browser. Here’s how to turn off comments for new videos using your desktop or smartphone browser:

How to Disable Comments on YouTube

Here’s how to turn off comments using YouTube Studio:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account.
  2. Click your profile picture and select “YouTube Studio”.
  3. On the left side menu, scroll down to Settings and click on it.
  4. This will reveal a pop-up menu, click on “Upload Defaults”, and then “Advanced Settings”.
  5. Scroll down to “Comments” and click on the drop down menu titled “Comment Visibility” below it.
  6. Scroll down and select “Disable Comments”.
  7. Go to the bottom right of the pop-up menu and click SAVE.

Here’s how to turn off comments for existing videos using your desktop or smartphone browser:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account.
  2. Click your profile picture and select “YouTube Studio”.
  3. On the left side menu, click on “Content” to access your list of videos, and then select the video you’d like to disable comments for.
  4. Click on the pen icon to take you to the edit page.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap “Comments and Ratings”. Click on “Comment Visibility” to reveal the drop down options.
  6. Tap “Disable Comments
  7. Go to the top right corner of the page and click on the blue SAVE icon.

Why You Shouldn’t Disable Comments on YouTube

We understand why you may sometimes need to disable comments on your YouTube videos, but as a brand and/or business, you may want to reconsider doing that due to the following reasons.

  1. It can alienate your audience: Viewers who have meaningful contributions or even questions to ask won’t be able to do that, and this may lead to them unsubscribing from your channel.
  2. It could appear like you’re hiding something: When you disable comments every time, it makes people wonder if you have something to hide. This is true especially when you’re advertising a product or service, and people can’t engage with you to ask more questions or know more about such product or service.
  3. You need feedback from your viewers: When you disable comments, it deprives you of the chance to get feedback from your audience which can help you grow as a content creator through suggestions and even constructive criticism.
  4. Comments help increase your ranking: People leaving comments on your channel will show how engaged your audience is and when they keep watching your videos and leaving comments, it will improve your ranking.

Conclusions

Now that you can turn off comments on your YouTube videos, you can filter or control what people say in the comment section. However, enabling viewers to drop comments can also be an advantage to you.

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An entrepreneur since 2009 that decided to create this blog to help content creators succeed with their businesses or personal brands in YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and other platforms.

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