YouTube is one of the most exciting spaces on the internet concerning videos right now, as millions of channels cater to billions of audiences.
If you have created a YouTube channel but it didn’t work out or you have to delete it for other reasons, here we’ve created a short and simple guide to help you remove your channel from YouTube. If you’re unsure about deleting the channel but want to hide it from the public, you can do that too — scroll to the end of the article to get your guide on hiding your YouTube channel and what happens when you do that.
Once you delete your channel, you’ll permanently delete your subscriber list, comments made on YouTube via the channel, replies and thumbs-up on comments, messages, and search and watch history.
Note: This guide is for deleting a YouTube channel, not an account. Check out our guide here if you wish to delete your YouTube account.
How to delete your YouTube channel via the website?
Log in to your YouTube account via PC or smartphone and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click on your profile picture on the screen’s top-right. From the drop-down menu, click on Settings.
Step 2: On the next page, click on View Advanced Settings.
Step 3: On the next page, click on the Delete channel (located at the bottom). You’ll then be asked to re-enter your password — do that and follow the next step.
Step 4: You’ll be presented with two options on the new page — I want to hide my content, and I want to permanently delete my content. Click on the down-facing arrow beside the latter and then click on Delete My Content.
On the next page, Google will prompt you to download your uploads to save them somewhere in case you need it for later since deleting your channel will remove your uploaded content from YouTube, too.
Delete Youtube channel via Youtube Studio
If you’d like to use Youtube Studio to delete your channel instead, follow these steps.
Step 1: Head over to Youtube Studio and click Settings in the bottom right.
Step 2: Go to Channel, followed by the Advanced settings tab and scroll down to Other settings. Click the Remove YouTube content button to proceed.
Step 3: On the next page, you’ll be asked to verify yourself by entering your password. Click Next when done.
Step 4: You’ll see two options going forward. Click I want to permanently delete my content to delete your Youtube channel. Check the confirmation boxes and click Delete my content to delete your account.
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How to hide your YouTube channel?
As mentioned above, if you’re not ready to remove your YouTube channel yet and want more time to think about it, you can hide it. Follow the same steps mentioned for deleting your channel, except when on Step 4 (mentioned above), click on the arrow beside I want to hide my content and then click Hide My Content.
Hiding the content of your channel will still display your channel page, name, art, icon, likes and subscriptions. Your uploads won’t be deleted.
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