Article — Remove a YouTube Video from Google Search Results

Since YouTube and Google are owned by the same company, the videos appearing on the former usually rank quite high on the latter. While this is highly beneficial for people who engage in video marketing, a negative video can quickly wreak havoc on the reputation of a company or individual. In order to counteract the problem, you need to learn how to remove YouTube videos from Google search quickly and effectively. There are multiple ways to start the process.

Do You Want to Remove or Replace Your Own Videos?

The simplest videos to remove from YouTube and Google search or the ones you own and control yourself. If you posted something in error or want to make a change, read Google’s instructions or follow these:

  1. Access your YouTube Creator Studio after signing in to the site.
  2. Navigate to the right page by clicking on Video Manager and then Videos.
  3. Select the checkboxes of all videos you want to get rid of.
  4. Click on Actions near the top of the page and select Delete to complete the process.

This method to remove YouTube videos from Google search deletes the file right away.

YouTube does not allow you to replace the video directly without deleting it. Follow the steps above and then upload a new video instead. Another option involves changing things in the video to get a closer to what you want to share with the public.

  • Editorial enhancements in lighting, color, blur, filters, and trimming.
  • Card inclusion for title pages, notes, custom graphics, calls to action, and more.
  • Rewritten titles, descriptions, and change privacy settings and category selection.

Did You Find a Video That Violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines?

Familiarize yourself with YouTube’s community guidelines for all videos posted on the site. Any files with illegal or offensive content should be removed from YouTube and Google searches right away. Google’s Harassment and Cyberbullying policy also specifically prohibits intentionally posting content to humiliate someone and publishing “hurtful and negative comments/videos. There are two main ways to notify the people in charge.

1 — Report a video on YouTube directly. There is a conveniently-placed Report button in the navigation bar under every video on the website. This is the same spot you would find the links to Add or Share the video More selection lets you report videos that violate the rules and guidelines. Do not report videos that do not break the rules simply because you do not agree with their message or because they could potentially hurt your brand or personal reputation.

2 — Use Google’s report form to indicate the problem and remove YouTube videos from Google search. Only one of these choices needs to be done in order to start the process.

Does a Posted Video Violate Your Rights?

If you come across a video on YouTube or in Google search that violates your copyright, trademark, or otherwise uses informational property you hold the rights to, there are two ways to report it. You can use Google’s copyright infringement form or the notification options on YouTube itself.

It is possible to remove YouTube videos from Google search if copyright or trademark was indeed compromised. Before filling out the form, however, become conversant with the fair use or fair dealing allowances. It is possible that parts of your content can legally be used in other people’s videos.

Did a Video Include Offensive Content, Defamation, or Other Illegal Things?

In some circumstances, a video posted by another person crosses the line into online defamation or other illegal activity. Due to the serious nature of this problem and the far-reaching effects it may have on your business, brand, and personal life, consulting an attorney is a good first step.

The experienced Internet law attorney will help you determine if you can force them to remove YouTube videos from Google search. In some cases, you may need a court order to force the issue. In order to get one of these, you need undeniable proof that defamation or other illegal activity occurred.

Once your attorney or you have it in hand, start the removal process by clicking on More in the menu bar under the offending video and then selecting Report. The Infringes My Rights menu selection is appropriate in these cases. You can also submit these types of grievances in writing or (specifically for cases of Defamation) on YouTube’s Defamation reporting page.


It may be possible to remove YouTube videos from Google search results by using the strategies discussed in this article. If you are struggling to remove a YouTube video, and would like to learn more about the process, or if you are seeking to expedite removal, please visit Reputation Resolutions.

Originally published at on October 1, 2016.

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