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How to Link or Unlink a Google Account from a YouTube Account


In the old days (a few years ago,) YouTube accounts were different from Google accounts. That was true even after Google acquired YouTube with 1.65 billion in stock. A YouTube user used a set of user name and password to log in, where the same user used a separate set of user name and password to log in a Google account.

Later on, Google managed to link Google accounts and YouTube accounts. A Google user could just log in once, then the linked YouTube account would log in with one single set of user name and password. It worked pretty much like today’s social network accounts.

Nowadays, Google makes it official to use only one Google account for both Google and YouTube services. Here is how to link a YouTube account to a Google account.

If a YouTube user wants to re-link his/her YouTube account to a different Google account for some reason, it can be done by following the instructions here. 

There is an exception that this link might NOT work.

If a gmail account is linked to a YouTube account, the link is unbreakable. It will show a “!” in red and

Your account is permanently linked to a Google Account

That means this Google account and YouTube account are paired up permanently. The link should never be changed.

Is there any way to get around the Google-YouTube permanent link problem?

Yes! But it’s risky.

Here is the trick: Delete either a Google account or a YouTube account. This will force to break the Google-YouTube tie.

But the risky side is that Google does NOT release the previously used user IDs for re-use. This is true for YouTube user IDs too. In this case, user has to give up at least one user ID to re-link a YouTube account to a Google account.

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3 comments to How to Link or Unlink a Google Account from a YouTube Account

  • Sam

    Your account is permanently linked to a Google Account?!!!
    I really do’t understand what am i suppose to do now??? plzzz help me

  • Angry Dude

    This shit is so fucked up. I accidentally used my school’s email when i signed up on youtube and now it wont let me change it because the stupid gmail is administrated by our school and the gmail is linked to the youtube account so now i am in big fucking trouble thanks to google and their retarded policies, i hope whoever made it this way chokes on their own shit one day fucking retarded assholes

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