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How to Delete Recordings on YouTube TV: A Complete Guide

January 18, 2024

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YouTube TV offers an unlimited cloud DVR, allowing subscribers to record an endless number of shows and movies. However, many users wonder if there is a way to remove recordings from their library. This guide will explain how deleting recordings works on YouTube TV.

Can You Delete Recordings on YouTube TV?

You can delete scheduled recordings that have not happened yet, but you cannot manually delete recordings that have already been saved to your library.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • Upcoming Recordings: You can remove these from your library before they record. This prevents the recording from happening.
  • Saved Recordings: There is no way to manually delete recordings after they have been saved. They automatically expire after 9 months.

Deleting Upcoming Recordings on YouTube TV

To stop an upcoming recording from happening, follow these steps:

On the YouTube TV Website:

1. Go to tv.youtube.com and sign in.

2. Click on “Library“.

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3. Find the upcoming recording you want to delete.

4. Click on the show or movie title to access its page.

5. Click on the check mark icon to remove it from your library. This cancels the scheduled recording.

Deleting Upcoming Recordings On Youtube Tv

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On the YouTube TV Mobile App:

  1. Open the YouTube TV app and sign in if needed.
  2. Tap on “Library“.
  3. Find the upcoming recording.
  4. Tap the title to go to its page.
  5. Tap the check mark icon to cancel the recording.

Once you remove an upcoming recording, it will no longer automatically record when it airs.

If YouTube TV is not working properly on your Firestick or Samsung TV, refer to these YouTube TV Firestick fixes and YouTube TV Samsung TV fixes.

Why You Can’t Manually Delete Saved Recordings

YouTube TV does not allow manually deleting saved recordings due to the unlimited cloud DVR system:

  • Recordings are automatically deleted after 9 months, so storage space is managed automatically.
  • Manually deleting is considered unnecessary since expiration happens automatically.

If needing to immediately free up space, some recommend deleting the YouTube TV app and reinstalling it to reset your library. However, this deletes all of your recordings.

When Do Recordings Expire on YouTube TV?

As mentioned, all YouTube TV recordings are stored for 9 months after recording. On the 10th month, recordings are automatically removed from your library forever.

There is no way to store recordings past this 9 month limit. However, popular programs are often available on other services like Hulu or Netflix if you still want to view them.

Key Takeaways

  • You can easily delete scheduled, upcoming recordings by visiting its page and tapping the check icon. This prevents it from recording when it airs.
  • Saved recordings cannot be manually deleted. They expire and are removed automatically after 9 months.
  • Deleting the YouTube TV app may reset your library, but this loses access to all recordings.