Isn’t it annoying when your favorite YouTube video is removed for whatever reason? Sure, you may not watch it every day. But since it is no longer available on the web, there’s no chance to rewatch it again.
Or maybe you miss the old YouTube days when creators could go all out with few restrictions. And, are trying to search the video one last time, to relive the moment. Well, look no more. We’ve listed all the possible ways you could watch deleted videos.
Methods to Watch Deleted YouTube Videos
There are a few tricks you can use to watch the deleted content. These tricks are not guaranteed but if one of them does not work, the other should do the job.
Find Backups of Deleted Content
Generally, there are dedicated communities of a YouTube channel. Most of the YouTube channels have communities on Reddit and Facebook. These communities are full of die-hard fans who go out of their way to support the YouTuber.
What you need to do in such communities is, join the community and write a post asking if someone has a backup of that particular video that you want to watch but is deleted. Most of the time this trick will work and you will be able to watch the deleted YouTube video.
Some creators even create a backup channel if their channel gets deleted or a video gets removed. Moreover, some fans download and keep the videos for themselves just in case YouTube decides to remove them.
But how can you find the deleted video that has been reuploaded by some random fan? Easy. Open your Chrome browser and type in the site: www.youtube.com + (video’s name). The required video should pop up in the search results.
Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
If you have been using the internet for quite a few years, you might have heard or even been familiar with the Internet Archive. Besides being a huge library of media data, it also houses a Wayback Machine which can help you watch the deleted YouTube video. To watch a deleted YouTube video using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, follow these steps:
Note: You need to have the link to the YouTube video before it was deleted for this method to work.
- Go to the official site of Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
- Enter the YouTube video URL in the search bar.
- The search results will be a bunch of dates.
- Select a date before the video was actually deleted. All the videos that match that particular URL will be displayed in a small tab.
- Choose any one of the videos that have been listed and watch it on your computer.
We understand that most people do not keep the URL of a YouTube video and hence most do not have it. In such a case, you can use the Reddit and Facebook communities for help. Just write a post asking for the URL of a certain video and hopefully, people will bless you with the YouTube link.
Search the Watch ID of the Deleted YouTube Video
In some cases, Google Chrome can help you find the deleted video if it has been uploaded to some other sites as well. For example, if the deleted video has been uploaded to YouTube with the link embedded in it, a simple google search of the watch ID should do the trick. To successfully carry out this task, follow these steps:
- Copy the link to the deleted YouTube video.
- Paste it on the search bar.
- The watch ID will look something like this “
v=hlY21YW90u8.” It’s usually the last part of the URL.
- Search only the watch ID.
Hopefully, the search results will include the video you wanted to watch.
Can You Recover Your Own Deleted YouTube Videos?
Once you delete your own videos there is no way you can recover them from YouTube, the only way you could have them back is if you had backed them up on your PC.
Can I Recover a Permanently Deleted YouTube Channel?
You can not recover a permanently deleted YouTube channel. Once you delete your YouTube channel there is no going back.