YouTube Account Suspended—DoNotPay Explains What You Can Do About It

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YouTube Account Suspended—Find Out How To Retrieve It

Finding your YouTube account suspended can be devastating. If you depend on YouTube to broadcast a class, talk, or your latest song, you may be searching for ways to retrieve your account desperately.

DoNotPay is here to guide you on how to get back your suspended YouTube account. We will break down the YouTube Community Guidelines so you can understand:

  • Why your YouTube account was suspended
  • How long a YouTube account suspension can last
  • How you can appeal your YouTube suspension

If it takes too long to hear back from the platform, DoNotPay can be your assistant and put pressure on YouTube to answer your request as soon as you !

How Did I End Up With a Suspended YouTube Account?

YouTube uses a combination of machine learning systems and human reviewers to identify content that violates the Community Guidelines and copyright policies. It's important to understand these policies if you feel your YouTube account was suspended for no reason.

YouTube’s Community Guidelines

YouTube’s Community Guidelines forbid the upload of the following:

  • Content that is:
    • Deceptive—scams, impersonations, and fake engagements
    • Spam
    • Sensitive—nudity, child pornography, etc.
    • Violent—dangerous content, harassment, or hate-crimes
  • Videos that promote the sale of regulated goods, like firearms
  • Content with incorrect information that influences politics or public health

How Community Guideline Strikes Get Your YouTube Channel Suspended

Similarly to other streaming services, like Twitch or Roku, YouTube can suspend your account temporarily or ban it permanently.

YouTube governs misbehavior with a strike system. Here’s how it works:

  1. If you violate any of the Community Guidelines for the first time, you will be issued a warning. YouTube will remove the content and send you an email about the policy it violated
  2. In case you continue to violate the guidelines, you will be issued a strike, causing your account to be suspended for one week, and you will have 90 days to keep a clean record to avoid further suspension. During the suspension, you will not be allowed to:
    • Upload videos or stories
    • Stream lives
    • Create community posts
    • Create, add, remove, or edit playlists
    • Show trailers
    • Navigate viewers to and from premiers
  3. If you violate the guidelines during the 90 days, you will receive a second strike and a YouTube suspension that will last for two weeks
  4. After hitting the third strike during the 90 days, you will get your YouTube channel permanently removed

Copyright Infringements and YouTube Suspension

If your channel gets flagged for copyright infringement:

  1. YouTube will issue you a strike, which acts as a warning, and you will have to go to copyright school
  2. You will get your Youtube account suspended with the second strike, which means that live streaming won’t be available to you for a week
  3. You will likely get your YouTube channel banned permanently when you get the third strike

Do I Get Notified When My YouTube Account Is Suspended?

If your YouTube channel is suspended, it means you got a strike. In this case, you will get:

  • An email
  • A notification on your mobile and desktop
  • An alert on your channel when you sign in to YouTube

How To Recover Your Suspended YouTube Account Yourself

You can recover your suspended YouTube account by appealing your strike. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Sign in to YouTube
  2. Go to your Dashboard
  3. Select the Channel Violations card
  4. Click Appeal

YouTube will review your case, and if you are found innocent, your strike will be removed, and your video will be back online.

The problem with appealing is that you are only allowed to appeal 30 days after the strike has been issued, which is much shorter than the suspension after-effect period of 90 days.

If your channel was suspended because of an unjust accusation of copyright infringement, you can submit a free-form counter notification and email it to Here’s what you should include in the body of the email:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Physical address
  • Contact number
  • Specific URLs for your case
  • Counter notification table
  • Agreement of the verification statements
  • Electronic signature
  • Statement why you believe you were wronged

When appealing, you should be aware that:

  • You can appeal only one time per strike
  • You need to have your channel’s URL to complete the form. If you don't, your appeal will be immediately rejected

Retrieve Your Suspended YouTube Account With DoNotPay’s Help

If you rely on DoNotPay, you won't have to worry about appeal deadlines and complicated letters. DoNotPay can help put together exactly the information you need to put pressure on YouTube to take your appeal seriously. To use DoNotPay to appeal your YouTube account suspension, you only need to:

  1. Type in Unban My Account in the search field
  2. Type in YouTube as the name of the company
  3. Select the date you were banned and provide the reason

DoNotPay will then draft a letter and send it to YouTube, insisting it responds to you within a two-week deadline. With some luck, you will get your channel up and running again in no time.

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