I Deleted My YouTube Account By Mistake – How Can I Get It Back ?

Here’s how you can recover your YouTube account which you would have deleted by mistake :

1> Contact YouTube’s Customer Support – go to http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/request.py

I Deleted My YouTube Account By Mistake - How Can I Get It Back ?

2> You’ll have a couple of options under ‘Contact Us’, select ‘Account Issue’

3> Click on ‘Continue’

4> Click on ‘Reopen account’

5> And then Click on ‘Contact Us’

I Deleted My YouTube Account By Mistake - How Can I Get It Back ?

You’ll land in a new page where you have to enter your YouTube username and the Associated Email Address. Verify if you are entering the right YouTube username as this is very important. You can check if your Username is correct by replacing USERNAME in http://www.youtube.com/user/USERNAME and opening the URL in a new tab / window.

You can reopen your account this way, but the personal details related your account will be deleted for ever, like the videos and comments associated with that account cannot be restored.

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  1. I had 2 names on Youtube. I went to delete one of them, now can’t access the other. I can see the other page. I can’t post on video’s. (I can post through google when someone has posted to me).
    When I try to sign in to YT, it says, “ooops, We can’t access your account at this time, try back later.
    I tried the things you had posted in 2009 and they aren’t applicable anymore.
    Do you know how I can get this other name that’s still there to be accessible?

    I also tried to just start another YT account, or name. It won’t let me.
    I did get to a page where it asks for my gmail addy in 2 places to forward a message to YT.
    It wouldn’t let it go through.
    I would appreciate any help you can provide. Any action that doesn’t include google would be great, but I suspect that’s not possible. LOL Thank you.

  2. my youtube account was deleted because someone tampered with it on, I had a lot of footage that we were meant to, and I would ask you to return my account

  3. Did you hv any luck greeting your youtube back? If so can you let me no how, as I hv deleted my YouTube by mistake

  4. Subscriptions and playlists will stay if you close an account and then reopen it, at least they used to when this option to reopen account was still possible. I don’t know about comments on videos, but channel comments used to stay. Uploaded videos will not come back once you close an account even if you reopen, your uploads are gone.@N

  5. I have some accounts that were made and closed before september 6th 2011, please is there ANY WAY i can reopen them?? there has to be some way, is there some page cache where i can at least see them, anything similar internet archive way back machine? someone help please

  6. Okay!!
    I had the same problem BUT i got back in!
    Go to youtube.com and login USING the email you had used when you HAD your account.
    Click my channel. I will ask you to make a new account do it anyway once you do that it wil say you already have an account.
    click ok
    you will get your account back BUT you will NOT have your video views, comments, subscribers, or videos, favorites and all that crap…
    Hope this helps

  7. I really need some help guys. I had over a thousand subscribers and today, I went to fix the glitch on the reply button and my account got deleted instead. I was trying to unlink the Google+ account from my YouTube, then this happened. Please, if there is any way to recover my old account, someone notify me. 🙁

  8. Quote: “You can reopen your account this way, but the personal details related your account will be deleted for ever, like the videos and comments associated with that account cannot be restored.”

    Ok about comments & videos, but what about subscriptions & playlists, will they be deleted as well, for ever?!

  9. i did alot of stept i contacted them in an e mail that they replied me back, many times, but they sent me links that they are not what they say, youtube i mean, they are so stupid, its been a month since im tryin to recover my account and still nothing, i asked them forr phone number anything, they are so stupid and ignorant

  10. my wife deleted my 3 year old youtube account, i had all my original songs and views etc on it .

    please help me out, is there any way to get it back?

  11. @Donnie
    I spent a few hours on this until i came across a YT page with some fine print at the bottom clearly stating that the accounts recovery options have been “RETIRED”

    I didn’t even have a gmail/google account and they messed up my yt account any way.

  12. hey, youtube deleted my account because I had to make a google account- so i did. then it wouldnt let me back in? youtube is messedddd up! help me! i had sooo many vids:P

  13. Can anyone help me… I am on my iPod and when I try and login to YouTube it says username and password… Bad part is I don’t remember… I’ve tried looking in my email…I’ve friend typing in my email… None worked, I’ve tried and idk what to do plz help someone

  14. I followed the steps, how long approximately will it take to recover account and will the videos/subscribers/friends/views still be on.

  15. @Zezo – Glad you got your channel back. Can you please point out if you do anything else different other than what we’ve written about ?

  16. Hey there…. I followed the steps but didn’t get any emails yet … Idk wat to do ..should I send a request again or does it take time to get a reply ? Thnx for ur help 🙂

  17. Hey!
    I was a bit pissed when I closed my account and the user was the best one open.
    Now though I closed the account. I can’t make a new account with that user.
    So, here I tried to reopen it, and it says “Please make sure the username you’re entering is not invalid or suspended. You can check this by going to the following URL after replacing ‘USERNAME’ with your username: http://www.youtube.com/user/USERNAME

    So I typed in the Username, “ZanePrinceton” and the email.
    After that, “Thank you for contacting us”, comes up.

    I go to “http://www.youtube.com/user/ZanePrinceton”.
    And it says, “This channel is no longer available because the user closed their account.”
    Obviously, I’m not understanding the directions.
    Please help!

  18. i deleted my youtube account accidentally, i was thinking that it will not be deleted if my gmail account will be deleted since i used my yahoo account when i registered in youtube and then linked it to my gmail acoount……. i did all the steps, but i used my yahoo account when they asked for an email add…is it still possible that i could get my youtube account back?

  19. can not open may youtube website. what would i do to retrieve may youtube website. please help!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I deleted my old YouTube account, along with my old, Gmail/Google account.

    I created a new Google account and a new YouTube account.

    In YouTube, while searching for some of my old favorite YouTube videos, in the search results I found my old Playlists from my old account. They weren’t deleted with my old account. I couldn’t access my old account, but apparently, YouTube doesn’t remove your old Playlists.

    I then clicked on the Playlist button on the search results page to pull up all the Playlists… I clicked on my old Playlist to load it. It began playing the first video in the Playlist… at the bottom of the screen, I clicked on Options, then Save As New Playlist… entered a New Playlist name… clicked on Save… and whallah! My old Playlist was saved to my New Account.

    The trick is to find your old Playlists so you can save them to your new account. I hope this helps someone. Good Luck.

  21. i have done the thing to get my deleted account back and it doesnt seem to be working i was wondering how long it takes to get it beck after doing the stuff

  22. Hi,
    To everyone that is wondering how long it takes for your account to be re-activated, the estimated time is 3-4 days.

    @Swerty, your accout was probably deleted for violating copyright (by uploading the music vide)

  23. @Swerty
    Did somebody else use your computer, if so, they could have done it without even realizing it by logging on themselves and accidentally clicking remember me.

  24. Youtube/Gmail integration has always been a tricky affair for all of me…I even messed up with my other accounts…to fix all this,I frantically all the usernames at Youtube to recreate everything right from the scratch…But I had no hint if this could be restored…yet another crappy affair…but the above post helped it a lot !!!
    Three Cheers for it 🙂

  25. Hi, I did exactly what you said and it worked. But my account is still not reactivated. Now what? How long do I have to wait for YouTube to reactivate my account? Your help is much appreciated.

  26. how deleted my youtube account??? password know only i’m. who deleted my account??? i’m not deleted !!!! how such can be??? “this user deleted himself account”. but i’m not deleted !!!

  27. i uploaded music videos on youtube. some time later, i see my channel closed “this user deleted himself account”. But i’m not deleted!!!! so who deleted my youtube channel?? gosh!!!!!! ????????? what is ???

  28. i not deleted my youtube account, but why his who deleted???? please!! help me!!! who hacked my account??? ??? youtube can to be hacking????

  29. no i mean the website is deleted n i cant open if i wrote the link it just says we cant connect to thes web site
    i realy dno how to get it back 🙁

  30. I forgot my username and my password to my youtube account, so it tried the one that asks you e-mail for your username, it keeps on saying “Unkown e-mail: the email you entered is not entered on to the system, please try again.” I tried making an account with the same email but it says it has been used for an account. What’s the problem? Need solutions. Tnx.

  31. @Mimz – Did they delete your account with Zwinky? They cannot delete Zwinky, because Zwinky will be hosted on other servers and no one else other than admin will have rights to those servers.

    Can you please elaborate on the issue you are facing. Thanks.

  32. hmmmm ihave an acc in zwinky but this days it dose not open cuz someone from my house deleted the website n i cant returen it back i wanna know the way plzzzzzzzz help me

  33. @Sean – Was this email linked to YouTube account previously ? This works only for those email ids to which YouTube was linked and later deleted. For fresh ones you have to register from start.

  34. Hi I did the steps and when I go to the site is says there is no such user, and when I go to my email it is just a thanks for registering email and the only link is a 2 min video and some other stuff about what I can do on youtube.

  35. @David – I doubt if you can re-open your account if you do not know your google account email address. Do you atleast remember the e-mail id ?

  36. If you open another account with the same name, you’ll not have any links from the previous upload, however, your friends might just get back and send messages again. Think about it.

  37. I just want to ask, I deleted my account yesterday and I want to use that name for another account (my friends have been bothering me for that account since I always into things and such, so I just want to close it for a while).
    I close it yesterday and it seems they have quiet down, but I don’t want to reopen that account since they all know the links to my old videos, I want to create another account with the same name, is that possible?

  38. Hi so I went to the help center and went to the reopen account stuff and entered my username and email address that I used for the account I deleted and then it says “Thank you for contacting us”. Should I try to log in right after that or should I wait 24-72 hrs as the first answer said?

  39. Hmm I see that I got it wrongly formulated as I was actually thinking og the account, but I guess it counts for both. How could a channel be available for public use if it’s not owned by anyone btw? Thanks for your reply 🙂

  40. @Freddy – Normally, when the user is deleted the channel also gets deleted from your account. However, the channel might be available for public use, but not under your name. The only way to figure out is by regaining access to your YouTube account.

  41. Hey, would you happen to know about how much time you got before your channel is definitely deleted? I mean, I suppose if I asked youtube after 1 month to restore my account, it wouldn’t really happen. I just wonder this, as I in fact would like to restore my account after 3 months. stupidily I miss the videos there and so on…

  42. @Crackhead – Yes, you can add them as friends account. It’s just as simple as, you unfriended them for whatever personal reasons, and now you are friend’ing them again 🙂

  43. Thanks, trying to get my old account.
    One question: I “lost” my “friends”, but do I still have the possibility to add them as friend again??? Just asking . . . that was a dumb question, but I don’t remember.

  44. @Mari – The chances that the videos will be still available are very slim. However, if you did not make those videos private, then chances are, you still might find them on YouTube. You can only hope and test your luck. Keep me posted about how it goes and Good luck!

  45. I want to reopen my account because the videos I uploaded where saved on a computer of mine that crashed and I wasn’t able to recover the videos from the hard drive. My hopes were that I could reopen it to get my videos back because there were some important ones but I had to delete my account. From my understanding, those videos will no longer be there though as you say….am I reading correctly?

  46. @Nestor – Translated version from Spanish
    “I wanted to remove a video that was uploaded canceled in the list of my up and instead of making it to erase to erase video I put that list and I were all I had in that list you tube to put this warning should you want to delete the video in question or you want to delete the entire list that’s a you tube error in failing to put warning messages”

  47. quise borrar un video que fue subida cancelada en la lista de mis subidas y en lugar de ponerla en borrar video la puse en borrar esa lista y se me fueron todos los que tenia en esa lista you tube deberia de poner esta advertencia usted desea borrar el video en cuestion o usted desea borrar la lista entera ese es un error de you tube en no poner mensajes de advertencias

  48. i mistakenly deleted myself from my admin list on ilike.com, now i cant manage my profile anymore, what do i do,please i need helf…wanna edit and upgrade my profile.

  49. I have about over 7 accounts using the same email (Don’t Ask)
    Will I still be able to restore the account?

  50. This wouldn’t be happening if youtube was smart enough to send a confirmation e-mail to confirm that you want to infact delete the account. Youtube’s current method is dangerous, a compromised account can easily be deleted at will because no confirmation is required…..youd think youtube would know better, thats just sad.

  51. @Andreas – Do you remember the mail id your username was linked with ? If it is your present gmail account, then you can go to your Google Accounts and access YouTube from there.

  52. That’s not at all true that all information related to the account will be deleted. I’ve seen 2 people in the last month close their account, and then a few days later the account is reopened, and it looks exactly as it did before it was closed. Comments, friends, pictures – everything.

    You should update your information.

  53. I want to ask one thing. I’ve deleted my account because I couldn’t figure out how to rename my channel. How can I get a new account with the name I like with same gmail’s email address.

  54. ok..im in a stick situation.
    1. i have this account i want to reopen cos i deleted it by accident.
    2. after i accidently deleted that account i created a new account on that email.
    1. i deleted the second account,
    2. i got an email saying i can log in to the second account again
    it either when i log in
    1. says i have deleted this account
    2. username or password is incorrect?

    yeah sorry if its really confusing. and where am i supposed to log in, just at the yt homepage?

  55. Hi,

    Youtube support had sent email to me saying my deleted account has been restored. But when I tried to log in numerous times – I can’t, it directs me back to the youtube homepage with a tag at the top asking me to ‘Please check your username’. Funny coz I know i signed in the correct username. I’ve always signed in (prior to me deleting my account) using my gmail google account (the same one when I created the account and log in as well).

    Any ideas? Thanks.

  56. @Renzel – Any meta data related to the user will be deleted, when you delete your account, Which means, except for your username, all other details related to you – your videos, comments, friends, subscribers, favorite, everything will be deleted.

  57. Video and comment can’t be restored, Right?
    But how about Friends, Subscriber and favorite? Can be restore?


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