How To Recover A Suspended YouTube Channel

Your YouTube channel was flourishing. You were posting amazing videos, you got thousands of subscribers, you were able to earn a lot of money from monetisation and brand deals. But then, it all came crashing down with an email from YouTube stating that your channel has been suspended. 

What next? 

Here’s why your channel might have gotten suspended and how you can recover it.

Why is my YouTube channel suspended?

While copyright strikes and restrictions are automated, YouTube channel terminations are usually done manually. This means that the objectionable content was analysed by a person after which you get an email explaining the reason for termination. Here are some reasons why your YouTube channel might be terminated:

  • Repeat violations of the Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Service.
  • A single, yet major, case of abuse such as pornography or predatory behaviour.
  • Policy violations like harassment, hate speech, etc.
  • Repeat copyright infringements

What can I do to recover my YouTube channel?

If you think that your account was wrongfully suspended, you can try and recover it. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Account disabled page.
  2. Fill and submit this form with the reasoning for why you think that the account suspension was an error.
  3. Be specific with why you think the suspension was wrong by including the URLs of related videos.

Now all you can do is wait for a response. If the appeal is rejected, you can send another appeal. But you might also get automated responses for the same. If all else fails, you can reach out to YouTube Trusted Flaggers on Twitter and explain your case. Meanwhile, you can download all your videos from YouTube Studio, if you might need to start a new channel.

Recovering a suspended channel can take a while, and occasionally you might not be able to recover the account. So don’t hesitate to start a backup channel while you wait for the recovery appeal to go through. Remember to keep your followers in the loop via other social media platforms, where they can find you.

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