How To Recover Permanently Deleted YouTube Channel

Are you wondering whether you can recover your permanently deleted YouTube channel or not?

If you have accidentally deleted your YouTube channel and want to restore it then you are at the right place. Here, I will tell you whether it is possible to do so without a brand account or not and if it is then I will also share how exactly you can do it. Not only this but I will also let you know how you can get back your deleted YouTube videos from your channel.

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Can You Recover Deleted YouTube Channel?

Whether you have deleted your YouTube channel accidentally or purposefully, I am sure you must now be wondering whether you can get it back or not, right?

Let me put your wondering to rest. Yes, you can recover your permanently deleted YouTube channel. You can even restore your YouTube history.

However, there are some terms and conditions that I will share with you later in this article.

What Happens When You Delete YouTube Channel?

Before I tell you how you can restore your lost YouTube channel, let me tell you what exactly happens once you delete it.

Note: One thing that you need to know is that YouTube is owned by Google, so I may use Google instead of YouTube sometimes in this particular part of the article.

The first thing that happens once you press the delete button is that the URL of your channel and the channel name will not be visible in YouTube Analytics. Your channel will become invisible to people however, it does not get deleted immediately from Google servers.

Google stores your channel information and content on multiple servers. And deleting your data from these servers takes some time. According to Google, this data can be available on their backup servers for up to 6 months. Having said that, in Google’s own words, it is difficult for them to access these backup systems. Watch the video by Google below to know more.

However, to help you undo the accidental events, Google stores the recoverable data for a month.

Therefore, if you lost your YouTube channel less than a month ago then you can recover it without any problem. But if it’s been more than a month then it is going to be a little difficult for you. And if it has been more than 6 months then retrieving your permanently deleted YouTube channel is going to be next to impossible.

How To Restore Permanently Deleted YouTube Channel?

Now that you know that it is possible to reactivate your lost YouTube channel, let me tell you how to do it.

There are actually different methods of doing it and these methods depend on the following things:

  • Year Of Making The YouTube Channel: Google acquired YouTube in 2009. Before that, YouTube was a separate entity and used to have a username and password to log in. As a result, the method to restore a permanently deleted YouTube channel depends on the year that you made your YouTube account (before 2009 or after).
  • Google Account Type: If you have created your YouTube channel using your Gmail ID then the methods will be different depending on its type. Whether you have a personal or business Gmail ID will change the method for recovery.

Let us look at these methods one by one.

How To Recover Old YouTube Channel

This method is for those who have made their account prior to 2009. To reactivate your old YouTube channel, you need to have your username and password with you. If you don’t have these credentials then you will not be able to retrieve your account anyhow.

Once you have the username and password ready, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter your credentials and click on the Claim Channel button.

How To Recover Permanently Deleted YouTube Channel Without Brand Account

Step 3: Follow the onscreen steps.

Also, remember to link your Gmail ID with your YouTube account. Because this Gmail address will be useful in case you want to recover your YouTube channel in the future if need be.

How To Get Back Permanently Deleted YouTube Channel

Now let us look at the methods if you have made your YouTube channel after 2009. As discussed, whether you have a business or a personal Gmail ID associated with your YouTube account will change the method for you.

If you have made your YouTube channel using a business email ID then you are likely to have a Gmail Brand Account. And it is comparatively easy for you to recover your YouTube channel.

How To Retrieve Deleted YouTube Channel With Brand Account

Step 1: Log in to Gmail on your browser using the Gmail ID that was associated with your YouTube channel.

Step 2: Go to

Step 3: Click on Deleted Accounts.

Brand Account Step 3

Step 4: If you have a deleted account that can be recovered then it will be shown on the next screen.

Brand Account Step 4

Step 5: Click on the Restore button in front of the name of your YouTube channel.

Congratulations, you have successfully restored your permanently deleted YouTube channel. The thing that you need to note here is that Google might take a day or two to recover your YouTube channel. So do not panic if you are not able to access it immediately, just be patient and wait for a couple of days.

How To Retrieve Deleted YouTube Channel Without Brand Account

Well, having a brand account surely makes it easier to get back the lost YouTube channel. But what to do if you made your YouTube channel using a personal Gmail ID or you do not have a Google brand account?

Do not worry, you can still reactivate your YouTube channel, I will tell you how. You have to get in touch with the YouTube support team and they will help you out. All you have to do is write a nice message informing them what happened. Do not forget to include that you did not have a brand account and the YouTube account deletion happened accidentally.

There are actually two methods to get in touch with the YouTube support team:

  • You can get in touch with them through email.
  • Or you can make use of social media, especially Twitter.

The Twitter method has been proven to get quicker results compared to other methods of communication.

If you are using the Twitter method then remember to tag the YouTube team, their Twitter handle name is “@TeamYouTube”. Write a nice tweet and let them know what happened, also, do not forget to give your deleted channel link.

Use Twitter To Get Back YouTube Account

How To Retrieve Deleted YouTube Videos From My Channel?

Well, how to recover deleted YouTube videos is a topic of another article and is out of the scope of this article. In this article, I will only tell you what are the different methods to do it. If you want then you can read my how to recover deleted YouTube videos article to know more about these methods in detail. Moreover, you will be surprised to know that you can also retrieve deleted YouTube live streams.

There are actually three methods to do it. You can retrieve your deleted YouTube videos using:

  • The URL of the deleted video
  • Google Serch
  • Using data recovery software

Will You Be Able To Get Back Your YouTube Channel After 6 Months Of Deletion?

As discussed earlier, Google says that data regarding your YouTube channel can get stored in their backup servers for up to 6 months. However, what happens after 6 months is not mentioned.

So if it has been more than 6 months since you deleted your YouTube channel then it might be difficult for you to get it back. Having said that, you can still try one last time by getting in touch with the YouTube support team. If your YouTube channel data is still stored in their servers then they will definitely help you recover it. And if it is not, then it is time for you to move on and make another channel.


How Long Does YouTube Take To Delete A Channel?

The channel becomes invisible immediately once you delete it. However, YouTube keeps your data for at least a month in case you want to restore it.

Can A YouTube Channel Be Deleted?

Yes, you can either hide your YouTube channel or delete all of its data permanently.

Is It Possible To Recover Deleted YouTube Videos?

Yes, there are different ways to recover your lost YouTube videos.

About Me

I’m Satyam Pandey, a fellow data hoarder who keeps accidentally deleting files from time to time. I decided to start this blog after recovering all of my deleted high school photos from my old hard drive. With a knack to test data recovery software and see how well they perform I decided to create this blog.

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