YouTube has billions of hours worth of videos. It’s an endless world of exciting content available to you there. Each minute new content is being added. Naturally, you can watch every single video that you see in your feed. Some videos are marked to be watched later.
Sometimes, however, those videos you marked to watch later may not be available. They may have been deleted by YouTube. There are several reasons why videos are deleted. They may be in violation of one of YouTube’s rules, or copyright rules. The person who uploaded them may have deleted them.
This article will focus on what to do when a YouTube video has been deleted. How to watch deleted YouTube videos is knowledge that will come handy at some point. We will also discuss what steps you can take to retrieve videos you uploaded on YouTube and deleted.
How To Watch Deleted YouTube videos
There are several possible reasons why you may need to watch deleted YouTube videos. You may have been watching a video but you were not able to complete it. Maybe something distracted you while watching it, or you had a more pressing need. You put it in your plans to watch the video again.
You may have seen a video with a catchy title and marked the video for later. One of your content creators released a new video, but before you had time to watch it, the video was gone.
It is also possible that a friend told you about a video, but you could not find it when you searched for it, so you guessed the video had been deleted, or you just wanted to revisit an old video you’ve seen. One of your favorite YouTube’s decided to delete some of their videos or had their account deleted by YouTube.
Regardless of the reason for wanting to watch a deleted account, we can all agree that deleted videos don’t disappear with a warning. YouTube doesn’t send an email saying “we are going to delete a video you like tomorrow, just giving you a heads up”. Luckily, there are ways to watch a deleted video.
Search on YouTube:-
It may seem strange that you search for a deleted YouTube video on YouTube. Anyone who understands how big YouTube is would know this is a logical step.
YouTube is the world’s largest video streaming and video sharing site. There are over 31 million channels on YouTube with billions of hours worth of videos. It is obvious that a good number of those videos are duplicate videos.
This is especially true for videos that went viral or videos created by popular content creators, or videos about popular people and events. Such events are likely to be found on multiple channels.
Many YouTubers post videos other people uploaded to their channel. The same event may be covered and uploaded by different people.
When you are searching for the video, just make sure you include relevant keywords. If you remember the channel you saw the video on, include it in your search keyword.
If it was a speech, include the name of the speaker, and the venue and date if you remember. If you can’t remember any of the names you can search using the important event in the video, for example, “toddler making cute faces“, ” cat doing summersaults“.
Like currently one popular Youtuber video got deleted on YouTube but other YouTubers uploaded the same video part on the youtube itself.
Search Other Popular Sites:-
Anyone who is not a novice to the internet would know that data on the internet doesn’t disappear without a trace. Tweets you deleted years ago could resurface unexpectedly, a picture you thought was hidden in one obscure corner of the internet can find its way to prominence. Videos deleted on YouTube can find their way to other sites.
Your first stop when searching for a deleted YouTube video is google (your second stop actually, YouTube should be your first). Just do a google search of the video. Google is the world’s biggest search engine. You can use other search tools such as Yahoo or Bing.
While you search, make sure you add the most appropriate keywords you can think of. Add the name of the content creator, the name of the speaker in the video, and any other relevant information that may help you find the video. The key is to be as specific as possible with the keywords you use.
Apart from search engines, you can search other sites such as Facebook and Instagram. There are billions of videos on these sites. Sometimes Facebook users can upload a video they like.
Search for the Content Creator:-
There are several reasons why a YouTube video can get deleted. YouTube may think a certain video violates some of their rules, and thus delete it.
The content creator may voluntarily choose to remove the video. The video may violate copyright rules. There are many other reasons why a video may be deleted.
Movies are usually deleted when uploaded without permission. You can search the music studio website or an authorized distributor or movie streaming service like Netflix for them.
For other content, you can find the content creator on other places apart from YouTube. A google search of the name of the content creator can help you find their websites and their content in other streaming sites.
The deleted video may be found on the content creator’s personal website, or on other streaming sites they upload content on. A search on patreon if you use the site may help you find the deleted video as one of their exclusive content.
As has been stated before, nothing disappears on the internet without a trace. You can find deleted YouTube videos on archive.org/web/. All you need for this is the URL of the deleted YouTube video.
If you already have the video’s URL, you’re good to go. If you do not already have the URL, go to YouTube and find it. Open youtube.com on one tab in your browser, and on another tab open archive.org/web/.
You can search for the old YouTube video in your search history. Copy the URL of the video and enter it, or paste it in the archive.org/web/ search box and hit enter.
How to Recover Your Deleted YouTube Video
If you upload content on YouTube, you’ll know its possible to delete what you have uploaded. You may delete a video and regret your action. It is also possible for you to delete a video when you actually wanted to delete another.
Normally, your deleted videos should not pose much of a problem for you. It is the norm for you to have backups for everything you upload. If you deleted the videos before you are able to do the backing up, or for some other reason you don’t have backups, there are a few things you can do.
Archive is your go to source for deleted videos. This is true, even when those deleted videos are your own. All you need is the video URL. You can check your email and your YouTube account for anything that contains the URL of the deleted video.
Once the URL is found, open https://archive.org/web/. Type or paste the URL in the search box and click on browse history. Doing this will likely lead to you finding the desired video.
Contact YouTube Help Support:
YouTube has a large team that is there to provide assistance for users and content creators. If you’re having technical issues such as fixing bugs and providing support to optimize your YouTube use.
If you have up to 10 thousand views on YouTube, or if you’re part of the YouTube partner program, they can provide support to help you retrieve deleted videos. If you are in this category, then this is one option you should consider.
Once you’ve signed on to YouTube with your account, scroll down to the button of the page to “Help“.
Next click ” Need more help?”
Click “Connect with YouTube help community”
Click the “Ask now” option. You can write your question asking for help recovering the video in the Ask the community section.
Use Data Recovery Software:-
Videos you upload on YouTube are usually uploaded from your computer hard drive. It is possible to recover those videos even when you have deleted them from your hard drive. The use of data recovery software can help reverse the process of deleting. A good example of such a software is diskdrill.
To increase the chance of recovery, stop using the drive as soon as the deleting has been done, and when installing the software, install on a different drive or in a different partition of the drive.
Download the recovery software, select the drive or partition that contained the deleted videos, click the recover button to initiate the process, next, select the video you want to recover, and the location on the drive you want it to be recovered to, and finally, click recover.
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When a video you planned to watch on YouTube has been deleted, you feel a sense of loss. It feels like you have been robbed of an experience. Also, when you lose a video you upload, you feel like a part of you is lost.
The good news is that deleted videos can be found. You can watch YouTube that has been deleted from YouTube, and this guide tells you how.