How to Remove Video From YouTube

When you have regrets, you can take down a video from YouTube

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Removing a video from your YouTube channel is a fairly quick process if you know what steps to take. You can choose to delete videos permanently, or you can opt to hide them from public view so they can be made available at a later time. Keep reading to learn how to remove videos from YouTube.

How to Remove a Video From YouTube on a Computer

Using your Google account to log into YouTube will set you on the right path to removing a video from your YouTube channel.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to YouTube.

  2. Select Sign in, located in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and enter your Google Account credentials.

  3. Select your Google Account logo, located in the upper right-hand corner.

    Profile icon on YouTube site
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select YouTube Studio.

    YouTube Studio (beta) menu option
  5. The YouTube Studio interface should now be displayed. Select Videos, located in the left menu pane and represented by a traditional Play icon.

    Videos button in left-side panel of YouTube website
  6. A list of your channel’s videos will now be shown. Hover your mouse cursor over the video you wish to delete and select the three vertically-aligned dots.

    Vertical dot menu in YouTube Studio
  7. Select Delete.

    Delete option in YouTube Studio
  8. A pop-up window will now appear, asking if you’d like to permanently delete the video in question. Select the checkbox, noting that you agree to the finality of this action.

    Checkbox to confirm deletion of YouTube video

    Since the video cannot be recovered once deleted, select download video to save a copy to your hard drive before proceeding. 

  9. Select Delete Video to complete the process.

In addition to the video itself, all comments and Likes/Unlikes will be removed as well. If you upload the video again at a later time, this viewer input will not be restored.

How to Remove a Video From YouTube Using the Mobile App

If you're trying to remove a video from YouTube using your Android or iOS device, the steps are a little different because you'll be working from an app instead of a web browser.

  1. Open the YouTube app and log into your Google Account, if necessary.

  2. Tap Library, located in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

  3. Tap My Videos.

  4. Tap the three vertical dots next to the video you wish to delete.

    Library button, My videos icon, Three dot menu in YouTube mobile
  5. Tap Delete.

    Videos deleted in this method cannot be recovered at a later date, so we recommend storing a version locally before doing so.

  6. A message will appear, asking you if you want to delete your uploaded video. Tap OK to complete the process.

    Delete video button and Delete confirmation OK

In addition to the video itself, all comments and Likes/Unlikes will be removed as well. If you upload the video again at a later time, this viewer input will not be restored.

How to Hide Videos on Your YouTube Channel

If you’d like to stop certain videos from showing up on your YouTube Channel, but don't want to delete them completely, modifying their Visibility setting can do the trick.

Hide Videos via Your Web Browser

  1. Return to the screen listing your previously uploaded YouTube videos by following the steps specific to your device above.

  2. Select the option found in the Visibility column so a pop-up menu appears containing the following three options, each accompanied by a radio button: Public, Private, and Unlisted.

    Public, Private, Unlisted options for YouTube video
  3. To hide your video from anyone but yourself, select Private. To hide your video from everyone except people who have the video’s direct link or full URL, select Unlisted.

Hide Videos via the Android or iOS YouTube App

  1. Return to the screen listing your previously uploaded YouTube videos by following the steps specific to your device above.

  2. Tap the three vertical dots next to the video you wish to hide.

  3. When the pop-up menu appears, tap Edit.

  4. The Edit details screen for the video in question should now be displayed. Tap the option found in the Privacy section so a slide-out menu appears at the bottom of the screen.

  5. To hide your video from anyone except yourself, tap Private. To hide your video from everyone other than those who have the video’s direct link or full URL, tap Unlisted.

    Edit, Unlisted, View options in YouTube mobile app