Recover a deleted YouTube video

Once a user has deleted a video from YouTube, then it can not be recovered. The only option is to re-upload it. The previous view count and comments will be lost. YouTube do not see themselves as a video storage or back-up service, so do not allow deleted videos to be recovered.

Searching for a solution to do this does give the indication that it is possible to recover a video, but this information is either out-of-date or simply wrong. Contacting YouTube’s creator support does not get a video restored.

YouTube do warn that deleting the video will be permanent:

how to recover deleted youtube video
The message before you delete a YouTube video

Recover a deleted YouTube video

Your only option is to keep back-ups of videos and if you want to restore a video that you deleted, then you need to start afresh with a new upload of the video.


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