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My YouTube account has been automatically linked to my Gmail account, but I want to keep my YouTube account separated from my Gmail account. I heard that the feature to unlink accounts was available. Is it? If yes, how do I access it?

I have tried phwd's solution and it's telling me that my account was permanently linked. Is their any way to get around this?

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If phwd's solution didn't actually fix the problem, you should "unaccept" his answer. – Al E. Jan 11 at 19:58
It looks like the only way to have separate Gmail and YouTube accounts is to have two separate Google accounts. – Al E. Jan 11 at 19:59
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You want this Unlink YouTube and Google Accounts

It is available via Account -> Manage Account -> Unlink YouTube and Google Accounts

However, if you signed up for YouTube after May, 2009, you can't unlink them.

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Well, it's telling me "Your account is permanently linked to a Google Account" – HoLyVieR Jul 7 '10 at 20:22
Well you did not state that you signed up your YouTube account after May 2009. This will just not work. Google has acquired Youtube and hence the signup process is as such. Some form of identification is needed to unlink the accounts. – phwd Jul 7 '10 at 20:38
Also whatever anyone tells you deleting your account will not solve the problem. – phwd Jul 7 '10 at 20:51
Google is moving toward having all YouTube accounts become Google Accounts (can't recall the source, but I saw a news article somewhere). Even if you could unlink, it might not be long before you'd be forced to relink. – dgw Jul 27 '10 at 1:50

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