This article is part of the Password Protection series.

There are two reasons you may wish to use the Access Control > Password Protection feature:

  1. To password protect media item(s), so only people you send passwords to can access them.
  2. To let someone bypass a paywall - sometimes you may wish to let someone to  watch your paid content for free.

There are two approaches for password protection: Simple Password  and Advanced Password

Simple Password Pros

  • It's very easy to setup. You just type any password and that's it.

Simple Password Cons

  • If you intend to give it to multiple people and then suddenly block it, it will affect all of them.
  • You cannot set expiry period and usage limitations for simple passwords.

    To solve the above two limitations, use Advanced Password Protection 

HOW TO SET A SIMPLE PASSWORD FOR A SINGLE MEDIA FILE

1. Select the media file you wish to password protect.
2. Click on the Access Control tab at the bottom of your screen.
3. Click the drop down Under Password Protection and select Simple Password.
4. Enter the password you want to use to access the media.
5. Click the ✅ Save button.

Your single media file is now password protected with the password you specified. 

Related article: Learn how to publish your media >

HOW TO SET A SIMPLE PASSWORD FOR A PLAYLIST

You can restricts an entire Playlist to your preferred single Simple Password. This will make all videos and media files within the playlist to require the password you have set.

  • To set a all videos and media files within a Playlist to be Simple Password protected, simply click onto the Playlist button in your Media Section.
  • Select the Playlist you would like to change to be Simple Password Protected.
  • With the Playlist selected click on the Access Control tab in the settings bar.
  • Under Password Protection, select your Simple Password from the drop down menu
  • You will be presented with a Password field where you can enter the password you would like to use to access the media.
  • Save your changes by clicking on the green ✅ Save button
  • This will open a popup information box asking you if you want to change the current default package to your newly chosen Password.
  • In the popup you get the opportunity to revise any affected media by clicking on the Summary buttons.
  • Select the media you wish to apply the new Simple Password to by selecting the ☑️ Check Mark next to it.
  • If you are happy with the changes you made, simply click on the green Confirm button to apply the desired changes.

Your Playlist is now set to be password protected with your chosen password. You are now able to publish the playlist to your website and social media. Learn how to publish your media >

CHANGING YOUR SIMPLE PASSWORD

  • You can change your Simple Password for a media player or playlist player. Simply select the media you wish to change from the central Media Management Panel
  • With the chosen media selected, click on the Access Control tab in the Lower Settings Panel.
  • Under Password field, simply overwrite the current password to your new one.
  • Click on the ✅ Save button to save your changes.
  • The previously active password will now no longer be able to access the media player.

SETTING THE PLAYER BACK TO FREE TO WATCH

  • If you no longer wish to use the Simple Password you can select the media you wish to set back to Free to watch from the central Media Management Panel
  • With the chosen media selected, click on the Access Control tab in the Lower Settings Panel.
  • Under Password Protection click on the Drop Down menu and select Access Without Password.
  • Now simply click on the ✅ Save button to save your changes.
  • Your media player will now no longer require a password to be viewed.

CUSTOM PASSWORD PACKAGES

The methods above use a single password to access restricted media. If you wish to have multiple passwords for a single media player or playlist please follow our tutorial on creating Custom Password Packages and Adding Password Groups to Password Packages.

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