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Delete or hide your YouTube channel

There are two versions of the YouTube desktop experience, the classic version and the new version. Follow the instructions for the experience that you have.

You can choose to temporarily hide content on your channel or permanently delete your channel.

Hide your channel temporarily

You can hide content from your YouTube channel and choose to re-enable it later. When you hide content, your channel name, videos, likes, subscriptions and subscribers will be made private.

All your comments and replies will be permanently deleted. Your account data on other Google properties will not be removed.
  1. On a computer, make sure you're signed in to YouTube with the channel you want to hide.
  2. Go to your advanced account settings. You can get to advanced account settings at any time by following these steps:
    • In the top right, click your account > Settings or .
    • Under "Account settings", select Overview.
    • Under the channel's name, select Advanced.
  3. At the bottom, select Delete channel. You may be prompted to enter your sign-in details.
  4. Select I want to hide my channel or I want to hide my content.
  5. Select the boxes to confirm what will be hidden on your channel.
  6. Select Hide my channel

If you want to make your content viewable to others, or if you want to upload, comment or use playlists, you can re-enable the channel.

Delete your channel permanently

Closing your YouTube channel will permanently delete your content, including videos, comments, messages, playlists and history. Please note that you can't delete a channel on mobile devices right now.

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Follow these steps to delete your YouTube channel:

  1. On a computer, make sure that you're signed in to YouTube with the channel that you want to delete.
  2. Go to your advanced account settings. You can get to advanced account settings at any time by following these steps:
    • In the top right, click your account > YouTube settings .
    • Under "Account settings", select Overview.
    • Under the channel's name, select Advanced.
  3. At the bottom, select Delete channel (you may see Delete content instead). If prompted, enter your sign-in details.
  4. Select I want to permanently delete my content.
  5. Select the boxes to confirm that you want to delete your channel.
  6. Select Delete my channel (you may see Delete my content instead).

The update may take some time, so you might continue to see thumbnails of your videos on the site for a short time.

Note: These steps will only delete your YouTube channel, not the Google+ profile or page connected to the channel, or the Google Account that you use to sign in. Learn how to delete your Google+ profile, your Google+ page or your entire Google Account.

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