How to View Deleted Reddit Posts

Key Takeaways

  • Officially, Reddit doesn’t let you see deleted posts.
  • To go back in time and see a deleted Reddit post, access the Wayback Machine website, enter the post’s URL, select “Browse History,” and choose a date and time.
  • To view a Reddit post’s cached version on Google, type “cache:” in the Google search bar, enter the post’s full URL, and press Enter.

Trying to access a Reddit post that’s been deleted? Worry not, as you have a couple of ways to access removed posts on the platform. We’ll show you how to use those methods on your iPhone, Android, or computer.

Does Reddit Let You See Deleted Posts?

Officially, Reddit doesn’t allow you to see deleted posts. Once a user or Reddit itself has removed a post, that content is forever gone from the live Reddit website and mobile apps. However, thanks to the power of the internet, there are a couple of methods you can use to travel back in time.

View Removed Reddit Posts With the Wayback Machine

One way to possibly see a deleted Reddit post is by using the Wayback Machine. If you’ve never heard of it, the Wayback Machine is like a time machine for websites. It crawls the web and stores the web pages it finds. If this service has saved a copy of the Reddit post before it was deleted, you can find that post using this service on your desktop or mobile device.

To use it, open a web browser on your device and access the Wayback Machine site. In the text field on the site, enter the Reddit post’s full URL (web link) and select “Browse History.”

URL field and 'Browse History' highlighted on the Wayback Machine site.

If the service has a copy of the post, you’ll see a calendar. Here, select a date and timestamp. The highlighted dates are the days when the Wayback Machine has made a copy of the entered post.

History calendar on the Wayback Machine site.

On the screen that follows, you’ll see the Reddit post.

A Reddit post on the Wayback Machine site.

If you don’t see the expected content, return to the calendar screen and choose a date in the past. Keep doing this until you find the copy of the post that you’re looking for.

View Removed Reddit Posts With Google

If the Wayback Machine doesn’t work, another way to access deleted Reddit posts is by using Google. Google caches many websites and allows you to see those cached versions. If it has cached the Reddit post before it was removed, you can see the post’s content.

To do that, open a web browser on your device and launch Type the following command in the search bar. Replace “URL” with the full link to the Reddit post and press Enter.


As an example, to see the cached version of this Reddit post, you would use the following command on Google:

A cached Reddit post on Google.

You’ll see the post’s cached content if it’s available.

It should be noted that both of these methods work best when a Reddit post has been publically available for a decent length of time. This gives the Wayback Machine or Google time to save it. Posts that were removed quickly will not be available to see.


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