The 4 Best Sites to Share Videos Online With Family and Friends

Dan Price Updated 28-11-2019

Do you have a personal video that you want to share with your family and friends? The services that make you broadcast your everyday footage to the entire world may not be the best solution for sharing private family videos.

If you want to know the best ways to share private videos online with those who are close to you, keep reading.

How to Choose the Best Video Sharing Site for Your Needs

If you want to share private family videos with other people, there are a few key questions that you need to ask yourself before you settle on which service you’re going to use.

For example:

  • Do you want the video to be available forever?
  • How big is the video?
  • Where is the video currently saved?
  • What format does the video use?
  • How easy is it for the receiving party to view the video?

So, let’s have a look at how a few of the best ways to share videos with family stack up against these questions.

1. YouTube

youtube upload privacy menu

Many people don’t realize that YouTube provides a way to upload videos and share them privately with other users. After all, YouTube is primarily built around its vast library of community videos.

But not only is it possible to achieve, but it’s also remarkably straightforward to do.

Start uploading a video to YouTube in the usual way by clicking on the icon in the upper right-hand corner. When you see the video selection screen, just select the appropriate privacy option from the drop-down menu.

YouTube offers two options that will be useful for sharing private videos:

  • Private: You can invite people to view the video. You’re allowed to invite up to 50 users with YouTube accounts to see your video. The video won’t show up in public YouTube search results. Any friend or family with the link can see the video, but only if you’ve invited them.
  • Unlisted: Your video won’t show up in YouTube search results, but anyone with the link will be able to view the video. It’s also accessible to the public, whether or not someone has a YouTube account.

YouTube does have some restrictions on length, but they won’t be a problem for most users. The maximum size is capped at 128GB or 12 hours, whichever is less.

You can upload MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, DNxHR, ProRes, and CineForm videos.

2. Facebook

facebook share video friends list

Facebook has a lot of shortcomings regarding privacy. Some users may opt not to add their videos to the network at all, especially if they include private family content.

However, if you can look past the privacy headlines, Facebook is one of the best ways to share videos online. Almost everyone has an account (including Grandma!) and choosing your audience for your video is relatively straightforward.

If you want to share a private video via Facebook, start creating a post, then click on the Photo/Video tab at the bottom of the new post’s window.

Facebook will prompt you to choose which file you want to upload. But before you hit the Share button, make sure you choose who can see it.

If you click on the Friends drop-down list, you will see Public, Friends, and Friends Except as option. Click on More to reveal an option for Specific Friends, then choose your friends from the popup list.

A Facebook video can be up to 4GB in size and 120 minutes in length— that’s less than YouTube. There’s also an FPS cap of 30 and a minimum width of 600 pixels. If someone watches your private video on mobile, landscape and portrait videos will both display in a 2:3 aspect ratio.

And remember, your friends and family will need a Facebook account in order to watch any private videos you want to share with them.

3. Cloud Storage Providers

google drive share folder

A third popular way to share video online privately is to use a cloud storage provider. The big three names in the industry are Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox, but there are lots of smaller services out there as well.

Almost all cloud providers let you share your files—including videos—with other users, either via email or by using a shareable link.

However, instead of sharing videos on a case-by-case basis, if you want to share lots of content with your family (for example, Christmas videos or wedding videos), it might make more sense to set up the sharing at the folder level. That way, whatever videos you add to the specific folder will automatically inherit the correct sharing options.

To set up folder sharing options in Google Drive, right-click on the folder’s name and go to either Share (for email sharing) or Get Shareable Link. The process is similar on other cloud providers.

In terms of restrictions, almost all filetypes are supported. The only constraint on size is the amount of free storage space you have in your cloud account.

Cloud storage providers are also a great way to share photos with people 8 Ways to Share Photos and Videos Privately With Your Family Want to share photos with your loved ones? Here are several practical methods, including Google Photos and a USB drive. Read More .

4. WeTransfer

wetransfer add emails

The three services we have looked at so far share two common characteristics:

  • They require an account to send the video.
  • They will store your video for an infinite amount of time.

If you don’t want to make an account, or you’re concerned about your video staying available online for too long, you could check out one of the many free services that let you send large files online.

We think WeTransfer is arguably the best. The free version of the app lets you send files up to 2GB in size. The video format, bitrate, and other metadata are not important.

Alas, however, there are a few noteworthy restrictions:

  • Videos are only available for seven days.
  • You need to know the email address of the people to whom you want to send the private video.
  • You can only add three email addresses.

If necessary, you can subscribe to WeTransfer Plus to remove the seven-day limit and increase the file size to 20GB.

Other Ways to Share Private Videos Online

The four services we’ve discussed in this article should be enough for most people to be able to share private videos and family videos.

However, if you still want to learn more about the options available, make sure you check out our articles on how to share large videos online How to Send Large Videos Need to send a large video file but it keeps being stopped or sent back? Here's how to send large videos from your phone or PC. Read More and the best web apps for sharing large videos 5 Fast and Free Web Apps to Transfer Large Files Locally or Online There are several ways to transfer large files between computers, but these web apps are free and effective. You probably won't need anything else. Read More .

Related topics: Online Privacy, Online Video, YouTube.

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Sanjeev Kumar
    September 21, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I Have been using

    It is one of the biggest user generated video aggregation platform which offers video content in 14 languages comprising English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Oriya, Urdu and Bahasa Indonesia.

    They have huge video bank as well as User base.

    User can upload any length videos in appropriate categories.

    User uploaded video go live instantly and user can share video with their loved ones without any delay using simple steps to create FREE Account here.

    They completely justified their motto which is Watch, Upload & Share.

    Kindly go & check

  2. Peter
    June 18, 2019 at 12:59 pm is great video sharing site

  3. Ronan Tetsu
    June 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    This guide is not very good- It assumes an unlocked bootloader, and with that in mind, it's almost way tooo obvious you should just get Magisk Root if you have an unlocked bootloader.

  4. dragonmouth
    June 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    That's 4 good ways to lose control and ownership of your videos. Videos become the property of the server owner.

  5. Gary
    February 20, 2019 at 12:27 am

    None of these recommendations are private. You're giving your data to a 3rd party in each one.

  6. Susan
    November 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I am digitizing all my (now-deceased) mother's old VHS-C cassette tapes of family videos. I wanted to share them with family using the "private" setting, but YouTube deleted several of the videos for having clips of the kids (as babies) in the bathtub, or having copyrighted music playing on the radio in the background. Extremely frustrating after how much time it took to upload each one.

    • Angele
      April 25, 2020 at 7:14 pm


      Susan, this just happened to me. I spent hours uploading movies from my childhood and in the 1960's and youtube is deleting them after about 48 hours saying has content that is questionable. Also, I had a video of one of my children and a Christmas song comes on in the background and they deleted it because of the copyright to the song.
      What did you wind up using?

  7. Han Zykova
    November 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Great article, thank you for sharing!

    I use a service called for sharing and sending videos to my family.
    I live abroad and I find it the most reliable and secure service where even large files are sent super fast. Give it a go, it's great.

  8. Gaurav Gulati
    August 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Good topic for an article, Ryan. Nice, and to the point.

    I'm working on IRememba - a safe, private place for families to come together. Born out of my own challenges, We're currently in Private Beta.

    Given our interest in Family Privacy, I would love to pick your brain.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Gaurav Gulati
    Founder, IRememba

  9. Sapphire krish
    August 14, 2018 at 10:21 am

    "WeTransfer" can also used to transfer large files to specific ones.

  10. Clyde R Shortt
    August 9, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I guess it's not far removed from using Google Drive or something similar, but Google Photos is another good option. You can share videos to specific people easily while keeping it otherwise private. Plus there is an advantage over Google Drive in that if you are using "high quality" uploads the storage is free and unlimited. That could matter a lot with videos.

  11. Ian
    August 8, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Though not a "site" like these, Plex should be considered for this use as it has been designed for this purpose. Plus, you don't have to host your private home videos on an external site unless you want to configure it that way.