YouTube is the world’s most popular video-sharing platform with millions of videos being uploaded every day. Sometimes, for various reasons, creators or YouTube itself may choose to hide or delete certain videos. While there’s no guaranteed method to view these videos, there are a few approaches that might help. Before we dive into the methods, it’s essential to respect creators’ and YouTube’s decisions, and always be aware of privacy and copyright issues.
1. The Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web. It saves snapshots of web pages over time, and this includes YouTube videos.
- Visit the URL of the deleted YouTube video. Even if the video is deleted, you should be able to find its URL in your browser’s history, through bookmarks, or from shared links.
- Copy the entire URL.
- Go to the Wayback Machine.
- Paste the URL in the search bar.
- Browse through the available snapshots. If you’re in luck, the video might be available in one of the saved states.
2. Google Search
Sometimes, the video you’re looking for might have been re-uploaded by someone else or shared on another platform.
- Copy the title or relevant keywords from the deleted YouTube video.
- Paste it into Google search.
- Look for alternate uploads or platforms hosting the video.
3. YouTube Playlists
Sometimes, even if the video is deleted or set to private, it might still appear on playlists.
- Search for the video’s title on YouTube.
- Click on the «Filter» option and select «Playlist».
- Browse the results to see if the video is part of any playlist. Even if it’s hidden or deleted, the thumbnail might still be visible.
4. Cached Views
Web browsers cache pages you’ve visited, and this might include a recently deleted YouTube video.
- Open your browser’s history.
- Find the link to the deleted video.
- Instead of clicking the link, right-click and look for an option to view the cached version.
(Note: This method has limitations and might not always work, especially if the video was deleted a while ago.)
5. Third-Party Tools
There are third-party websites and applications that claim to recover deleted YouTube videos. However, be cautious when using such platforms. Always ensure they are safe, legitimate, and don’t infringe on any copyrights. Using unofficial tools can expose your device to malware or compromise your privacy.
6. Contact the Video Creator
If you’re desperately seeking a particular video, consider reaching out to the creator. They might have made the video private temporarily or be willing to share it with you directly.
- Go to the creator’s YouTube channel.
- Click on the «About» section.
- Look for their email or other contact details.
- Send a polite message explaining your interest in the video.
7. Check Official YouTube Sources
Sometimes, videos are taken down due to copyright issues or community guideline violations. YouTube provides information on such videos. Visit YouTube’s official copyright policies page and community guidelines to understand more.
While the above methods offer a chance to view hidden or deleted YouTube videos, success isn’t guaranteed. Always respect the decisions of video creators and YouTube. Some videos are removed for valid reasons, such as protecting privacy or following copyright laws. Remember, the internet is vast, and while some content disappears from one platform, it often resurfaces elsewhere.