How To Unlink Your Google and YouTube Accounts


YouTube has two options for logging in, you can use either a YouTube account or a Google account (the same one used for Gmail and other Google services).  Even further, if you log in from a pure YouTube-only account, Google will practically force-feed you the option to link your existing YouTube account to a Google Account.  The problem henceforth is, they are now tied together, and if you ever delete either account both will be taken out.  Let’s unlink these accounts!

Note: This How-to only applies to YouTube accounts that were pre-existing before being connected to a Google account.  If you log in to YouTube using a Google account you will not see the option to unlink it.

Step 1

First of all, you will want to go to and sign in to it with your Google account, as seen below.

sign into YouTube from the YouTube site

Step 2

After logging in, on the top right side of the page, click the arrow next to your username and, in the menu that pops below, click Account. I’ve shown you how to do that below.

account management of youtube

Step 3

In the screen that comes up, click “Manage Account” on the left, then “Manage Youtube and Google accounts”. Then confirm that’s what you want. :)

I’ve shown you how to do it below.

manage your google account and unlink youtube

Step 4

We’re almost there. Now you should be on a screen like the one below. The system confirms the YouTube and Google accounts you are unlinking. Just type the code in the picture into the box and hit “Unlink My Accounts”.

confirm you want to unlink your google and youtube accounts

Step 5

You will be asked to confirm that you are unlinking the accounts.  Click OK if you’re going through with the divorce of your two accounts.  Wow, that was quite a few confirmations, but at least it prevents accidents.

confirm again you want to unlink your accounts


That’s all she wrote.  Your accounts are now unlinked. You will be immediately prompted to link the YouTube account to another Google account, as seen below. If you want to link it to another one of your Google account of yours, proceed by signing in to that account. Or you can set up a new Google account to use with that YouTube account. Your choice.

please relink your account, youtube to google



  1. shauna

    yes, but now it won’t let me view subscriptions or do anything unless I re-link the two

  2. LC

    My question is what happens after I link it to another account. Is it physically “linked” as in that older account name / url shows on the new account or is all of the content migrated to a new account and with the old user name dropped?

  3. grizzly joe

    ok- how do ya remove/delete/close the Google+ Youtube acct that Google (seemingly) automatically sets up w/ yer G+ acct. I have my own Youtube acct that I want to bring under my G+ umbrella BUT can’t since (ie, that email is already associated with a Youtube account…”)

    BTW- I am NOT using gmail for either account

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  5. David J. Adams

    Now when i try that link it says “This feature is not available for this account.” what should i do ?

  6. Von

    And in 2017 it’s not possible. So unfair how Google took over YouTube. I so prefer the old YouTube. Those who run Google are evil, greedy, manipulative individuals who stand for all things evil. No more Google.

  7. TayTay

    Hi, 2021. Before this my youtube account is under my yahoo email. But currently I am linked to my gmail account and now if I signed in to youtube, there’s 2 channel in it. The tutorial shown above seems to be old version. Do you perhaps know how to do so in latest version? I can’t seems to find all the tutorial/step by step shown. Thank you

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