YouTube: How to Delete a Video

At some point it will become necessary to remove a video that you have uploaded to YouTube. Maybe you uploaded the same video twice, maybe you were asked to remove it, or maybe it turned out to be more embarrassing than you can take.

Please remember that deletions are permanent and that the deletion process can not be reversed or undone. You will only be able to remove videos that you have uploaded into your account. After you delete the video, it will become unavailable for viewing immediately. You may continue to see it in thumbnails, search results, and other lists as the removal from these areas takes longer.

1Go to YouTube and login to your account.

Sign In To YouTube

2Click your Username at the top to reveal the User Menu. Click Video Manager.

Video Manager

3Check the box beside the video that you want to delete from your Youtube account.

Check The Video

4At the top of your videos, click the Actions drop-down menu, and select Delete.

Actions > Delete

5When presented with the delete video Confirmation, click Yes, delete.

Delete Video Confirmation


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55 Responses to “YouTube: How to Delete a Video”

  1. November 22, 2008 at 1:49 am, jaycris said:

    this really works!!


  2. December 01, 2008 at 2:03 am, angel said:

    thanks!! :)


    • June 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm, jazmin said:

      > Thanks soooo muchhh!!!!


  3. December 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm, Oguz said:

    It isn’t working. the remove button isn’t there, below the video. I think i know hy, because the settings for youtbe are changed.


    • December 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm, Anonymous said:

      yeah. if you want to on the newer one, you have to check the box beside it and then check the top thingy and click “delete”


    • March 09, 2011 at 2:23 pm, kg555824kol5 said:

      you have to select that video and on the top u can find delete button and press on that


  4. December 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm, Sophiee said:



  5. December 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm, juan said:

    thanks following this steps, it was easy to remove my video


  6. February 24, 2009 at 1:15 am, Emar said:

    Thanks for the tutorial….


  7. May 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm, ashley said:

    thank you(:


  8. August 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm, amanda said:

    do you know how to remove videos from a group that you own?


  9. January 14, 2010 at 2:36 am, Anonymous said:

    Why is video still visible when searched?


  10. February 14, 2010 at 8:00 am, Anonymous said:

    what can i do to remove someone alse video?


    • January 09, 2011 at 2:47 am, Isanyav said:

      You can’t delete other peoples videos….


  11. March 21, 2010 at 12:45 am, Jesús Federico said:

    1842 hours Saturday, March 20, 2010 Thank You Very Much —Wow! You Really Helped Me.


  12. June 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm, Taylor said:



  13. June 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm, Doug said:

    There is no My Account or My Vidoe!!!*&^%


  14. July 02, 2010 at 10:45 pm, Bla said:

    uhhhh wutz the new version?


  15. July 04, 2010 at 2:35 pm, Aaaaaa said:



  16. July 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm, TaylOr said:

    it removed the video from my channel but it didn’t remove it completly how i delete it forever?


  17. August 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm, Jena Brill said:

    thank you


  18. September 25, 2010 at 12:49 am, Cybervigilante said:

    doesn’t work. youtube is all different and making it really hard to find stuff.


  19. October 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm, Skyskraper1 said:

    Thank you for advice, however, i cant seem to follow step 2 because where it says hello ……….. mail (0) my account. thats not on my screen, could you please tell me what ive to do to help remove my videos, thank you. James


  20. November 03, 2010 at 9:25 am, Naeem said:

    naeem of qaldara


  21. November 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm, Jimjohn555 said:

    Brilliant thank you


  22. January 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm, Ericaaigwe said:

    thank you soooo much!!!!


  23. June 13, 2011 at 8:52 am, DutchWaterr said:

    Damn, what a bollocks to find just a bloody REMOVE button….
    I finally found it.
    What you need to do is the following:Select the video in the “my uploaded video’s section”
    On the top of your list of videos you see “add to” and to the righthandside of that “Actions”Click on Actions and immediately the first tab says “Delete” Don’t read over that, because that’s what I’ve been doing the past weeks trying to find it lol


    • November 06, 2012 at 3:28 am, Whatever said:

      > my ‘add to’ button is unselectable as well as my ‘actions button’ i’ve done every other step but it wont delete what do i do?


  24. May 13, 2012 at 4:43 am, J said:

    I can delete the video from a few sites, however, if I google the name, and the song of the video that I performed I can sitll find it on the internet/youtube. Any idea, how to permanantly remove the video, so that it cannot be googled and or found?


    • May 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      > Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been out of town. From your description, it seems like your video was online for long enough for Google to get ahold of it and put it in its cache. It’ll eventually be removed from the cache once it realizes the video is no longer there, but I can’t really give you a time frame on that. Clear your browser cache, then go directly to YouTube and try searching for the video. If it’s still there, shoot me an email with how to find the video: and I’ll see if I can figure anything else out.


  25. May 13, 2012 at 4:47 am, J said:

    Also, does it make a difference if the video was converted? The video was originally shot with mac softwarre and I had to use DIVX to upload it onto my pc. I was then able to upload it onto YOUTUBE, but for the life of me, when googled, it still shows up on the inernet/youtube. Please, HELP.

    I really want to remove this video, and post another of better quality in the near future.


  26. May 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm, Michelle said:

    I know how to delete my videos but if I go to channel stats and my top ten videos, it is still there.Is there any way to delete it?


    • May 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      Can you still watch the video when you click it in the top ten videos? It may just take a little tile for the server to remove it once you delete it.


  27. June 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm, gaurav said:

    how can i remove video from you tube. I forgot my gmail account name and password. Any shortest way for this


  28. August 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm, Mali said:

    I can view my video, but when I go into to delete it, it doesn’t show up in the video manager. How can I delete it then? I never deleted it, so it should be in the video manager, right. This is the first video I have uploaded since You Tube changed. I see my old videos in the video manager, but not the new one I would like to delete.

    Thank You!


    • August 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      Can you provide a link to the video so I can take a look at your profile to see if the video shows up for others?


  29. August 16, 2012 at 12:14 am, brian said:

    hey I use to delete my videos occasionally cause of errors or copy right crap, now It won’t let me do it anymore. the section where it says action and then delete, well when I check markk the video I want, the action menu won’t let me go inside/ basically it won’t let me delete an video, try it out, don’t worry, the action bar won’t even let you choose the delete button or anything.. if you know how to fix this or if it’s an new system thanks.. I’m pretty sure it’s an new rule of youtube. sadly


    • August 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      What browser are you using? I just tested my method again and deleted a video with ease. Try using Google Chrome, it worked for me.


      • August 22, 2012 at 4:59 am, Sam said:

        hi, can u help me. One of my friend uploaded video of mine on youtube. Then i asked her to delete it and she did, today 3 hours ago. But still i can play that video and see it. How com it is not deleted and i even can play it from other computer , even after she deleted it.


  30. August 22, 2012 at 12:36 am, Ann said:

    Thank you for your info. I have tried this many times and it does not work because even though my video is still on youtube, it does not come up as an UPLOAD. It only comes up on my history. I can delete it from the history using the steps you mentioned but not directly from youtube or from a google search. I even tried to put the video in a document and tried to upload it as a file but they said they could not accept an archive file.
    Any suggestions. The youtube team is trying to help as well, but so far –no luck.

    Thanks again.


    • August 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      Not sure exactly what would be causing this issue, but it does seem to be an issue with YouTube and your account. Try using a browser you don’t normally use, such as Opera. Create a new YouTube account and upload your video. See if this video works correctly. If it does, then you know for sure that the problem lies with either the browser you’re using, or some underlying problem with your youtube account that you have no control over. If using Opera works, try logging into your regular account and uploading the video. If that doesn’t work, then you know it’s not the browser and that it’s youtube’s problem.


    • August 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm, David Kirk said:

      Ann and Aaron – I do wonder if this is not a caching issue within the YouTube servers. To speed up display and delivery of videos, google actually stores the videos in multiple places on multiple servers. Although a video may get deleted one the main servers, the mirrors may continue to hold the video for quite some time until the changes get propagated among the servers.


  31. September 08, 2012 at 8:50 pm, Nikki Ty said:

    Thanks SO much. Like many “details” … this one eluded me. And is so simple. Your mini tutorial is excellent. Clear and easily understood. I erased my trial scribblings in a nano-second.

    Also thanks for your generous spirit. I am always encouraged in this frightful world of nasty politics and greedy scoundrels … that Cyberspace is full of angels …. giving and sharing. GIMP, Musescore, WordPress, VideoPad, Musopen … I’m in awe. Then thousands of people like yourself whose goal is helping and sharing. You made my day …. Thanks …


  32. September 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm, Karla said:

    the “actions” button is grayed out and not pulling the drop down :(


  33. September 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm, mace said:

    what if the video its im not download anyone was download for that i can delete it too?


  34. October 02, 2012 at 3:32 am, Logan said:

    It won’t work. The action button won’t let me click on it. What do i do?


  35. November 06, 2012 at 3:25 am, Whatever said:

    yeah uh…im checking the box next to the video i want to delete but actions isn’t selctable, its not bolded around it and if you click on it nothing happens, whats wrong with it?


  36. November 06, 2012 at 6:39 am, Daisuke said:

    Same here! The “action” button wont let me click. ” Its all white like its invisible.


    • November 06, 2012 at 2:39 pm, Aaron St. Clair said:

      For everybody having a problem with the Actions button, the only thing I can think of that could cause that problem is an issue with your browser. Try clearing your cache, and updating your Flash player. I’m currently using Chrome 24.0.1312.2 and following this tutorial, I am able to click the actions button fine. Make sure you have your video selected before trying to click the button!


  37. March 09, 2013 at 9:20 am, Dwayne Wiebe said:

    Thankyou Sir for that most excellent advice. You shall be rewarded with many kind compliments! Shalom!


  38. July 26, 2013 at 6:10 am, Arro said:

    Great info but have another question about video removal from youtube.
    After signing in to my acct, I see two videos I need to remove.
    But, when I go to video manager or uploads, it says no videos are found.
    Now how do I delete the two videos?
    Thanks for this and your other great articles!


  39. November 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm, Oscar said:

    i deleted my video and my account 2 days ago. but the video is still up


  40. December 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm, Courtney Brown said:

    It wont let me when i try…t always says an error has occured…pissed me off


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