How to Watch Deleted YouTube Videos?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Watch Deleted YouTube Videos?

Are you trying to watch a video on YouTube that’s been deleted? What a bummer! I know how that feels. Fortunately, you’re in the right place.

You can watch a deleted YouTube video by using a few tricks:

  1. The Wayback Machine
  2. Embedded YouTube video
  3. YouTube videos found on other websites

For all these solutions, you’ll need to know the original link of the deleted YouTube video. You can’t find the video without it.

However, finding the link to a deleted YouTube video is quite easy. Keep reading to find out more about watching deleting YouTube videos!

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How to Watch Deleted YouTube Videos?

Where Can I Find the Link to a Deleted YouTube Video?

You can find the link in your browser history if you’ve watched the video recently. Even if you watched it a long time ago, as long as you didn’t delete the history in the meantime, it’ll be there.

To access your browser history, follow the steps below:

1. Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner

Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner
Click on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner

The first step is opening your browser on your PC. Then, look in the top-right corner for the three-dot icon. That’s your Menu icon.

Click on it to open your browser menu.

2. Go to “History

Go to "History"
Go to “History”

Once you open your browser Menu, you’ll see a pop-up menu with several options. Look for the “History” option and hover your mouse over it.

It will open another window with multiple options. Click on the first option – History“.

3. Scroll down through your history to find the video

Scroll down through your history to find the video
Scroll down through your history to find the video

Now you’re in the History tab, where your browser stores all your web searches. Scroll down until you find the YouTube video you’re looking for.

Then, open the link.

4. Copy the URL link to the video

Copy the URL link to the video
Copy the URL link to the video

Now that you’ve found the YouTube video in your browser history, you should copy the link. Even if it’s deleted, you should be able to copy the URL link.

Right-click on the URL bar and then select “Copy“. This will copy the link into your clipboard.

How Can I Watch the Deleted Video?

Now that you’ve copied the link to the YouTube video, I have three ways you can watch it, or at least “try” to watch it. You may not find the video anywhere on the internet, though that’s doubtful.

Solution 1 – Use the Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is an internet archive that’s been saving content from all over the internet since 2001.

You can see how websites used to look back in the day or find content that’s since been deleted. The Wayback Machine has archived and indexed it all.

To access the Wayback Machine, go to Google, type in “Wayback Machine” and access the first link.

Then, once you open the Wayback Machine, paste the link and hit Enter.

Paste the link and hit Enter
Paste the link and hit Enter

After you hit Enter, the Wayback Machine will work its magic and find the exact date when it found out about that video from other people.

Check to see how many times that video was saved in the Wayback Machine
Check to see how many times that video was saved in the Wayback Machine

The video I searched for was saved 54 times between January 14 and June 22, 2022. Below, you’ll see all the different dates that the video was saved.

You can hover your mouse over them and then click on an hour. This will take you to a rendition of that video.

Those two snapshots were when the Wayback Machine saved the website in its databases based on user interactions with it.

Click on one of them, and you’ll be taken to the deleted video!

Watch the deleted video
Watch the deleted video

If you’ve noticed, that isn’t YouTube that you’re on. It’s still the Wayback Machine with a different video player that lets you see the deleted video.

Essentially, the Wayback Machine has saved the video in its databases, and you can access it anytime, even if it’s been deleted from YouTube.

Solution 2 – Watch the Embedded Version of the Video

Did you know that even after a YouTube video has been deleted on YouTube, it’s still not completely gone? The embedded version still exists.

This means that YouTube still hasn’t deleted it from its databases completely. You can still watch it with a few tweaks in the URL.

For instance, we have the following link:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp2wbyLoEtM

This is the actual YouTube link, but if the creator deletes the video, you won’t be able to see it through this link. Instead, edit it, so it looks like this:

  • https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pp2wbyLoEtM

You replace the “watch/v=” with “embed/” in the URL. Then, you hit Enter. This will redirect you to an embedded version of the video.

That’s where you can watch the video even if it’s been deleted! However, remember that this doesn’t work for all videos.

And YouTube’s algorithms may have already caught on to this, and you can’t access the embedded version for some videos.

Still, it’s worth a shot!

3. Look for the YouTube Video on Other Websites

If a YouTube video has been deleted, maybe you can find it on other websites on the internet, especially if the video was very popular.

The way you do this is simple:

  • Go to Google
  • Type in “site:www.youtube.com
  • Follow it with the name of the video

It will look something like this – “site:www.youtube.com fear of cold.” And then you hit Enter. This will be the video on YouTube, even if it’s an embedded form.

You can replace “www.youtube.com” with other websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. If you think the video might have been shared on other websites, you can try that.

Another method is to copy the ending of a URL link, the identifier, and search it on Google. For instance, the identifier for the link “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohco3PB6eBw” is “ohco3PB6eBw”.

Copy the identifier, paste it on Google, and hit Enter. This will show you all the results containing that identifier, including the video on YouTube.

That’s it!

Conclusion

In short, you can watch a deleted video on YouTube through the Wayback Machine or search for it on other websites.

You can also watch the embedded version of that YouTube video if it hasn’t been deleted permanently from YouTube.

I recommend trying the Wayback Machine first and then testing the embedded version. If it’s not a popular video, it’s not on other websites.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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