Delete or hide your YouTube channel

If you aren't able to follow these instructions, you are probably using the old version of YouTube. If you're using a newer browser, update to the current version of YouTube.

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

Note that hiding or deleting a YouTube channel will permanently delete all Community posts, comments and replies.

Hide your channel temporarily (Brand Accounts can only hide content)

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.

If you have a Brand Account, you will not be able to hide or delete your channel. You will, however, have the option to hide your video and playlist content. The channel itself will remain accessible to viewers. Find out if your Google Account is a Brand Account here.

Hide your channel or your channel's content:

  1. On a computer, make sure that you're signed in to YouTube with the channel that you want to hide. 
  2. Go to advanced account settings. You can get to advanced settings at any time by following these steps:
    1. In the top right, click your account > Settings or .
    2. Under 'Account settings', select Overview.
    3. Under the channel's name, select Advanced.
  3. At the bottom, select Delete channel. Note: This will take you to a page where you can delete or hide your 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. Note that you currently can't delete a channel on mobile devices.

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:
    1. In the top right, click your account > YouTube settings .
    2. Under 'Account settings', select Overview.
    3. 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 your Google Account that you use to sign in with. Learn how to delete your entire Google Account.

After you delete a channel, the channel URL and channel name will no longer be visible or searchable in YouTube Analytics. Data associated with the channel, such as watch time, will still be part of aggregate reports, but will not be attributed to the deleted channel.

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