How to Delete or Hide A YouTube Channel: Easy Step-By-Step Guide

How to Delete or Hide A YouTube Channel: Easy Step-By-Step Guide

How to Delete a YouTube Channel
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In the ever-evolving landscape of social media, there may come a time when you might find yourself at a crossroads to maintain your YouTube presence.

Perhaps you’re not hitting the desired goals, you’re facing issues with your content, or you’re simply seeking a fresh start in the YouTube realm. And that’s when knowing the process of “how to delete a YouTube channel” will stand you in good stead.

But wait, before you take that step, it’s crucial to comprehend the nuances and considerations that come with this decision.

Is Deleting a YouTube Channel Permanent?

Before deleting your YouTube channel, you would want to take into account the finality of the action. 

While you recover a YouTube brand channel after it’s deleted, it’s important to note that you can’t recover any of the original content, and all subscriptions to YouTube TV or YouTube Premium will stand canceled. Also, YouTube gift settings and your search and watch history will get deleted.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through every aspect of deleting YouTube channels, including alternatives like hiding your YouTube channel and unlisting your videos.

We’ll explore the methods to delete your YouTube channel on both desktop and mobile (Android and iOS), mistakes to avoid, and the potential impact of this action, ensuring you’re equipped with the knowledge to make informed choices.

Let’s get started!

Switch to the Right YouTube Channel

Before we even get started, it is essential to know which YouTube channel you’re deleting.

Have you identified and navigated to the right channel?

If you have multiple channels and you don’t pay attention, then you might end up deleting the wrong one.

Follow these steps to select the correct YouTube channel from your browser:

  1. Go to YouTube and click on your profile picture from the upper-right corner.
  2. A new menu displaying options for your Google account opens. From there, click on ‘Switch account’ to check your channels and accounts.
    Switch account
  3. Select the channel you want to delete. Each YouTube account can have multiple channels.

Note: For mobile (Android and iOS), follow the same steps.

Delete Your YouTube Channel: Step-By-Step Process

If you have made up your mind and selected the correct YouTube channel you wish to delete, all you have to do is follow the below-described steps.

But you must note that this process is not reversible. All your videos, comments, messages, playlists, and watch history will be erased and cannot be recovered once the YouTube channel is deleted.

Replies made from a deleted channel will also be deleted. Your channel will be removed from the search, and any paid subscriptions you own, like YouTube Premium or YouTube TV, will be canceled.

How to Delete Your YouTube Channel from Desktop

To delete your YouTube channel from a desktop device, follow these steps:

  1. From your YouTube dashboard, click on the profile icon in the top-right corner. 
  2. Select ‘YouTube Studio from the drop-down menu.
    YouTube Studio
  3. Click on Settings from the left sidebar in your YouTube Studio dashboard.
    YouTube Studio dashboard
  4. From there, click on the Channel section.
    Channel
  5. Go to Advanced settings and scroll down to other settings.
  6. Select ‘Remove YouTube content,’ and a new window opens with 2 options.
  7. Click on ‘I want to permanently delete my content’ and checkmark both boxes to confirm you understand what this process will do. 
    permanently delete my content
  8. Click on ‘Delete my content’ to proceed, and type your email address or channel name as confirmation. After this, your channel will be permanently deleted. 

Note: By deleting your YouTube channel, other Google services or Google account settings won’t be affected. Also, it takes a few hours or sometimes a day for your channel to be removed from the YouTube servers.

How to Delete Your YouTube Channel from Mobile (Android or iOS)

To delete a YouTube channel from your mobile, you can follow these steps:

  1. On your YouTube app, click on the little profile icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap ‘Manage your Google Account.’ This will load a new page in your browser.
    Manage your Google Account
  3. From your Google Account dashboard, click on the ‘Data and Privacy’ option and tap ‘Delete a Google service.’ 
  4. You will need to enter your security passkey to confirm your log-in.
  5. Now, click on the little bin icon against YouTube.
    delete my content
  6. You will see two options here, the same as in the desktop version. 
  7. Select ‘I want to permanently delete my content’ and checkmark both boxes to confirm you understand what this process will do. 
  8. Click on ‘Delete my content’ to proceed, and type your email address or channel name as confirmation. After this, your channel will be permanently deleted.

Note: On both Android and iOS, users can follow the same steps for YouTube channel deletion.

To verify whether your channel is removed or not, return to YouTube.com.

  • Sign into your account using your Google account details
  • Select your account user icon in the top-right corner and click on ‘Switch account.’

If you have multiple channels, the other channels should appear there, while the one you deleted should be gone.

You may still subscribe to other channels, comment on other videos, add videos to your ‘Watch Later’ section, and take all other YouTube-related actions even if you don’t have a channel. 

This is because your Google account and your YouTube account are linked, so it doesn’t matter if you have a channel or not as long as you continue to access YouTube through your Google account.

How to Temporarily Hide Your YouTube Channel

Maybe you don’t want to delete your channel permanently.

You’re just taking a temporary break from content creation and don’t want to erase your published videos, subscribers, and channel history. 

If you want to pause publishing content on YouTube, hiding your channel is the best choice. By hiding it, you can make your channel private so it’s not discoverable on search and avoid your YouTube growth efforts going in vain.

Note: By hiding your channel, you will permanently delete all your comments made on YouTube videos and replies made on comments. They will not reappear when you reactivate your channel.

How to Hide YouTube Channel (Desktop)

To hide your YouTube channel, the process is quite similar to the steps for deletion till the point you see the two options. You need to follow the same steps as in the account deletion process described above up to step 6

  1. After step 6, click on the ‘I want to hide my channel’ option. 
    I want to hide my channel
  2. Checkmark all the 3 boxes that state you agree to make your YouTube content and activity private. 
  3. Click on the blue button ‘Hide my channel.’

And voila, it is done. 

How to Hide YouTube Channel (Mobile)

To hide your channel using a mobile device, follow these steps:

  1. Open your YouTube App and click the little profile icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap on ‘Manage your Google Account.’ It will load a new page in your browser.
    I want to hide my channel
  3. From your Google Account dashboard, click on the Data and Privacy option and look for Delete a Google service
  4. You will be required to enter your security passkey to confirm your account access.
  5. Now, click on the little bin icon against YouTube.
    account access
  6. In the new window, you will see 2 options like in the desktop version.
  7. Select ‘I want to hide my channel’ and checkmark the 3 boxes to confirm you understand what this process will do and initiate it.

Wrapping Up

So, that was all about how to delete and hide a YouTube channel.

When contemplating whether to delete or hide your YouTube channel, consider your choices carefully. Deleting your channel is a permanent action, erasing all your content and subscribers, while hiding it provides a temporary respite without losing your digital legacy.

Ultimately, both options offer their unique advantages, and your decision should align with your YouTube content strategy and current goals

Remember, you can always bounce back stronger and start a new YouTube channel to leverage the platform’s extensive audience for your business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to recover a deleted YouTube channel?

Yes, you can recover a permanently deleted YouTube brand channel. With new policy changes from Google, you can recover your deleted channel associated with a brand account.

Here are the steps:

  1. Navigate to Google Brand Accounts from your browser.
  2. Click on ‘Deleted accounts’ and select the restore icon on the deleted channel's right side.
  3. Now, wait for a few hours or days to get your deleted YouTube channel back.

Please note it’s generally not possible to recover a personal YouTube channel that has been deleted.

Can you delete the YouTube channel but not the account?

Absolutely! It is possible to delete a YouTube account/channel without deleting the Google account associated with it. You can follow the above instructions to delete your YouTube channel while keeping your Google account linked to other services like Gmail and Drive intact.

You can still stream videos on YouTube, but your subscriptions to other channels and any paid subscription like YouTube Premium will be canceled.

How can I delete someone's YouTube channel?

It's not possible to delete someone else's YouTube channel, as that would be a violation of YouTube's policies. If you have any concerns about a specific channel, you can report it to YouTube for review.

However, bear in mind that YouTube takes these reports very seriously and will only take action if the channel in question is found to be in violation of its policies.

How do I restore my hidden YouTube channel?

If you have accidentally hidden your YouTube channel, don't worry. It happens to the best of us! But the good news is that there are ways to recover your channel and get it back up and running.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account and click on the profile picture at the top-right corner of the page.
  2. Click on ‘Create a Channel’ and fill out the form.

    Note: In the form, don’t select ‘To use a business or other name, click here.’ This action will create a new channel instead of restoring your hidden channel.

  3. After your channel has been restored, you can set your videos and playlists on public view through the ‘Videos’ page.

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