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How to delete a video on YouTube

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April 29, 2022

YouTube videos are a great way for creators to express themselves and gain a following. By generating viewership, content creators can grow their online presence quickly while doing what they love. However, if videos don’t do so well or are unrelated to what viewers want to see from a channel, then it may be worth it to consider taking them down. In this case, you’ll need to know how to delete YouTube videos.

Read more: How to upload a video to YouTube

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To delete a video on YouTube, go to YouTube StudioContent. Select the video you want to delete, then click Delete Forever.


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How to delete a YouTube video

Deleting videos is a permanent action that cannot be undone. As such, you should always think twice before deleting your video.

If you decide that you want that video back at a later date, you will need to re-upload it entirely. All previous likes, dislikes, and comments will be gone, and the video will have an entirely different link. If other people shared your original video, anyone who clicked their shared link would not be able to find the video.

If you still want to delete your video, here’s how.

Desktop

On your computer, go to YouTube and click on your profile picture in the top right.

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From the subsequent dropdown menu, click YouTube Studio.

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Once you’re in YouTube Studio, click the Content tab from the menu on the left.

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Locate the video—or videos—that you want to delete, then click the checkbox next to them to select them.

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From the selection bar that appears above all selected videos, click More actions.

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Click Delete forever.

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You will get one last warning before your video is deleted. Click the checkbox that ensures you understand deletion is permanent and cannot be undone. Once you’ve done that, click DELETE FOREVER.

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Android & iOS

Open the YouTube Studio app for Android and iOS. You can find the video you want to delete if you scroll down to the Content section on the Dashboard tab. If you can’t find it, locate it in the Content tab from the bottommost toolbar.

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Press the button on the video you want to remove, then press the trash can-shaped Delete button. On the Are you sure you would like to delete this video? pop-up, select DELETE FROM YOUTUBE to delete your video from your channel.


Read more: YouTube Premium: Is it worth it? Here’s what you need to know

FAQs

Should I delete old videos on YouTube?

Unless your older video is entirely unrelated to your central theme or topic being explored, it’s generally inadvisable to delete old videos.

Do old YouTube videos get deleted?

No. YouTube videos do not get deleted automatically. Inactive accounts have been reclaimed by YouTube before, but this generally doesn’t happen.

Can you recover deleted YouTube videos?

Not on your YouTube account, no. Once you’ve deleted a YouTube video, it’s gone from your account, along with all of the likes, dislikes, shares, comments, and related content.

If you simply want the video back, you can use data recovery software to try and recover it from your computer’s hard drive, or try archive.org if you have the original video’s URL.