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Of late I have subscribed to a lot of channels on YouTube. Recently I was going through my list of subscribed channels. I was not able to find a few channels in the list, which I distinctly remember subscribing to.

Thinking I have accidentally unsubscribed from them, I thought of locating them again.

I opened YouTube in a new browser tab, searched for the channel and opened the channel web page. And lo, the channel was subscribed.

Case in point, the same case has happened with various channels that I actually (still) am subscribed to but they are not showing up in list of subscriptions. I have tried going through the list on Web client, iOS as well as Android app.

It seems to be a YouTube API/Backend bug.

Now my concern is, have I technically lost access to many other such subscribed channels that I can't recall at the moment. Keep in mind I have over 1k subscriptions.

Has anyone come across this bug? If yes, is there a workaround to recover lost subscribed channels?


I came across this page while doing a Google search. Appears to discuss the same issue, but I was not able to find any solution there.


UPDATE: I opened YouTube today and voila! the missing subscribed channels showed up. I remember writing a feedback to YouTube with the link for this question. Not sure if that led to the issue getting fixed. But nice to have my subs back.

  • at those channels that are not listed as subscribed and you are subscribed to them... try to check if you subscribed also to that bell (notifications). a lot of voodoo happened when youtube re-designed the whole subscription process a year ago – user0 Aug 14 '18 at 20:57
  • @user0 I checked, and I am not currently subscribed to the notification on those (subscribed) channels. But I vaguely remember that I "may" have subscribed and unsubscribed to the notification on the said channels. Any idea what my options could be now? – Nimesh Neema Aug 15 '18 at 18:26
  • your option is to track down and re-subscribe to those channels so youtube could "update" their database with your subscriptions – user0 Aug 15 '18 at 19:25
  • @user0 Thanks for your response. That's the only recourse I was able to find till now. However, the problem is that I don't recall all "such" channels. I am doing this for the channels as I recall them, but I am afraid I have effectively lost access to many that I no longer recall :( I have also written to YouTube support and hope to hear back from them. – Nimesh Neema Aug 15 '18 at 19:34
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    @user0 Wanted to share an update. I opened YouTube today and voila! the missing subscribed channels showed up. I remember writing a feedback to YouTube with the link for this question. Not sure if that led to the issue getting fixed. But nice to have my subs back :) Thanks for your inputs man! – Nimesh Neema Aug 26 '18 at 12:57
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For the channels that are not listed under subscribed section with you being subscribed to them, check if you also subscribed to the bell (notifications). A lot of voodoo happened when YouTube re-designed the whole subscription process a year ago.

Currently, your options are:

  • Track down and re-subscribe to those channels, so YouTube could update their database with your subscriptions.

  • Contact YouTube support with your issue, and ask them to fix it for you. You can do this by clicking on the Send Feedback link shown in the left sidebar.

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