YouTube Shorts is a relatively new feature on the platform that allows users to upload short-form vertical videos up to 60 seconds long. This feature quickly gained popularity due to its similarities to other short-form video platforms such as TikTok, Instagram Reels, and Snapchat. While Shorts can be an effective way to increase your visibility on YouTube, there may be times when you want to remove/disable them for various reasons. For example, if you intend to keep your channel focused on longer-form content, or if you want to prevent Shorts that violate the Community Guidelines or your copyright from appearing on your channel.
This blog post will explore how to remove/disable Shorts on YouTube and provide a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process. We’ll also offer some best practices for effectively using Shorts on your channel so you can increase your visibility and engagement on the platform.
Understanding Shorts on YouTube
Shorts can be found on the Shorts shelf of the YouTube app or by searching for specific Shorts videos using the Shorts hashtag. They are designed to be easy to build and can be made using a smartphone or other mobile device, making them accessible to artists of all skill levels. Music, dance, humor, beauty, and other forms of entertainment can be incorporated into short films.
Reasons for removing/disabling Shorts from YouTube
While Shorts can be a great way to reach a wider audience on YouTube, there may be situations where you want to remove or disable them from your channel.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to:
- Focus on long-form content: If you primarily create long-form content on your YouTube channel and want to maintain that focus, you can disable Shorts so they don’t distract from your main content.
- Copyright infringement: If someone uploads a short video that infringes your copyright, you can request its removal to protect your intellectual property rights.
- Community Policy Violation: If you come across a short video that violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines, such as containing hate speech or nudity, you can report it for removal.
- User experience: Shortcuts can sometimes disrupt the user experience on YouTube, making it difficult for viewers to find the content they want. Disabling Shorts can create a more streamlined experience for your viewers.
- Personal preference: If you don’t want to use Shorts on your channel for any reason, you can disable them entirely.
How to disable Shorts on your YouTube channel
If you want to disable Shorts on your YouTube channel, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
- Sign in to your YouTube account and go to your channel’s home page.
- Click on “Channel customization” on the right side of your channel banner.
- Click on the “Settings” gear icon at the top of the page.
- Select “Channel” from the menu on the left.
- Scroll down to “Shorts” and toggle the switch to the “off” position.
- Click on “Save” to confirm the changes.
Once you disable Shorts on your channel, the Shorts you previously uploaded will continue to be visible to viewers, but you will no longer be able to create or upload new Shorts to your channel. It is important to note that disabling Shorts does not affect your ability to view Shorts videos created by other users of the platform. If you ever change your mind and want to re-enable Shorts on your channel, you can follow the same steps and toggle the switch back to the “On” position.
How to remove Shorts from YouTube
If you want to remove Shorts from YouTube, there are two main ways to do it:
Report Short Videos Violating Community Guidelines:
If you come across a short video that violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines, you can report it for removal. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click the three-dot icon below the short video you want to report.
- Select “Report.”
- Select the reason for your report, such as “Hateful or offensive content” or “Harassment or cyberbullying.“
- Provide any additional details or context in the “Additional comments” section.
- Click on “Sending.”
After you report a Shorts video, YouTube will review the content to determine if it violates the Community Guidelines. If found to be in violation, the video will be removed from the platform.
Request to remove Shorts that infringe your copyright:
If someone uploads a Shorts video that infringes your copyright, you can request its removal to protect your intellectual property rights. To do this, follow these steps:
- Visit the YouTube Copyright Center and click on “Submit a copyright takedown notice.”
- Follow the prompts to select the type of content you want to report and provide the required information.
- Include a description of the copyrighted work being infringed and a link to the short video in question.
- Provide your contact information and electronic signature to verify that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on their behalf.
- Submit the form.
Once YouTube receives your copyright takedown notice, they will review the claim and remove the Shorts video if found to be infringing your copyright. It’s important to note that filing false claims can lead to legal consequences, so be sure to only file content claims that you own the copyright to or have permission to enforce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will disabling Shorts affect my other YouTube content?
A: No, disabling Shorts will only affect your ability to create and upload new Shorts videos to your channel. Your other content will not be affected.
Q: Can I re-enable Shorts after disabling them?
A: Yes, you can re-enable Shorts at any time by following the same steps to toggle the Shorts switch to the “On” position.
Q: Can I watch Shorts videos if I disable Shorts on my channel?
A: Yes, disabling Shorts on your channel will only prevent you from creating and uploading new Shorts videos. You can still watch short videos created by other users of the platform.