What You Should Know Before Deleting Your YouTube Account
If you’re considering deleting your YouTube account, take a moment to think about the following points:
- If you permanently delete your YouTube account, your channel will be immediately removed. However, if you simply want to take a break from using your channel, you have the option to temporarily deactivate your account.
- Once you delete your account, it cannot be reactivated later.
- All your videos and their statistics will be erased from your channel page.
If you wish to keep your videos on YouTube but no longer use your account, we recommend deactivating it instead of deleting it. Deactivating will pause the account and hide most of its features.
Steps to Delete Your YouTube Account
Step 1: Sign in to YouTube
To delete your YouTube account, start by logging into your account at the YouTube website. If you’re not already signed in, click the Sign In button and select the account you want to delete.
After signing in, click your profile photo in the top right corner to access a dropdown menu. From this menu, choose Settings located at the bottom of the list.
Step 2: Access YouTube’s Advanced Account Settings
Once you’re on the Account Settings page, locate the link in the bottom-left corner that says Advanced settings. Clicking this link will redirect you to a new page offering additional settings and options.
Step 3: Delete Your YouTube Account
Now, it’s time to proceed with deleting your account. Scroll down the page until you find the Delete channel section, roughly positioned in the middle. Select the button, and a new window will appear, asking you to confirm your decision.
Step 4: Permanently Delete Your Channel
On this page, you can choose between hiding your YouTube account or deleting it entirely. By hiding your channel, it becomes deactivated. Hidden channels remove your channel name, likes, videos, and subscriptions from view, making subscribers private. You can reactivate your YouTube account at any time.
Next, scroll down and click on Permanently delete my content. The next page will ask if you want to delete the channel. Click Confirm deletion, then re-enter your password, as you did when signing into YouTube. Finally, click confirm and click Delete channel permanently.
Deleting Your YouTube Account on iOS or Android
Deleting your YouTube account using an iPhone or Android device is similar to deletion on a computer. However, instead of using a desktop browser, you’ll utilize your mobile browser. Follow these steps:
- Go to youtube.com and tap on your profile picture or initials in the top right corner.
- Click on Manage your Google Account.
- From there, follow steps 2 to 4 mentioned above.
What Happens to Your Content After Deleting Your YouTube Account?
When you delete your YouTube account, all your videos will be removed from the site.
If you deactivated your account, all your videos will be archived and hidden from the YouTube algorithm. Reactivating your account in the future will restore all your videos.
However, permanently deleting your account means losing your content for good. If you wish to remove all your videos from YouTube without losing them completely, it’s better to deactivate your account instead of deleting it.
YouTube is an excellent platform to share videos and engage with others, but sometimes, you may want to delete your account. Whether it’s due to redundancy or disinterest, removing your YouTube account is a straightforward process.
Remember, when you delete your channel, all your videos will be permanently removed. It’s a good idea to back up your videos if you change your mind later.
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