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How To Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account

Linking YouTube accounts to Gmail / Google Accounts (including Google Apps) is a feature Google added a while back so users could tie all their accounts together under a single login. I linked my groovyPost YouTube channel to my personal Google account and it’s worked well up until a few days ago when I started posting our TechGroove show on YouTube.

The problem is YouTube only allows a single account to upload and manage videos and I need to allow the team to manage the channel when I’m not around. Rather than give them the password to my personal account (nice try guys), I decided to create a general account in our Google Apps install and let them share that account. Fortunately, after a bit of tinkering I figured out how to unlink my YouTube account from my personal account and link it to the new Google Apps account I created. Although it was a bit tense the first time, the process is very simple and can be done without any data loss or risk. Here’s how it works.

How To Link or Move a YouTube Account to a New Google Account

Login to YouTube using your existing linked Google Account then click the down arrow on your account name (usually found on the top right of the browser window).

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Account

Click Settings from the context menu.
Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Settings

Click Advanced.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Advanced

Click the link Change Google Account.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Change Google Accounts

Unlinking your Google Account from your YouTube Account is serious business so Google wants you to confirm you know what you’re doing by entering a verification code. Enter the code shown and click Unlink My Accounts.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Unlink Accounts

When prompted to confirm the “unlinking”, click OK.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click OK to Unlink Account

Very carefully, click Link to an Existing Google Account.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Link to existing Account

Click the link Sign in as a different user.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Click Sign in as different account

Enter the email address and password of the new account you want the YouTube account linked to. Click Link Accounts when completed.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - enter account and password

You should now receive a green box telling you the account has now been linked to your Google Account.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Confirmation -- Account Migrated

And if you linked your YouTube account to a Google Apps account, you will get the following message the first time you visit the channel.

Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account - Confirmation -- Google Apps managed account

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2 Responses to How To Link a YouTube Account to a New Google Account

  1. matsch September 11, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Hi
    I understand I put this message one month later… but the way you show it not the case anymore.
    Now when you click “change”, you arrive on your gmail account directly… and then… how to do it??? mystery…
    if you have good idea…
    thanks

    Matsch

    • Steve Krause September 11, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Which step are you talking about? The 4th screenshot?

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