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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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    It looks like the only way to have separate Gmail and YouTube accounts is to have two separate Google accounts. – ale Jan 11 '16 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.

  • 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
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    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
  • As of August 2019, there is not an option to unlink your account, even if it was created before 2009. – Stevoisiak Aug 13 at 14:12
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According to Use your Google Account for Youtube, as of September 8, 2017, users need a Google Account to use Youtube.

Regarding the old Youtube accounts, those aren't Google Accounts, the referred above official help article says:

Some older, unused YouTube accounts (created before May 2009) might not be part of a Google Account. They need to be added to one before they can be used.

If you want to change the owner of a Personal Channel, you could move it to a Brand Channel. For further details see Move YouTube channel to Brand Account.

  • youtube.googleblog.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html "In the coming weeks, YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile when you want to upload, comment, or create a channel." – endolith Sep 8 '17 at 18:26
  • @endolith: Google+ profile isn't the same as Google account – Rubén Sep 8 '17 at 18:27
  • From support.google.com/youtube/answer/2663685, the linked help article on the blog post, "​Keep in mind that you do need a Google Account to sign into YouTube." – Rubén Sep 8 '17 at 18:29
  • Oh dang. I remember reading that Youtube would stop requiring a Google account to sign up, and figured that must have been implemented by now, but I guess I misunderstood. But if you create a second Google account for Youtube, it's not going to let you be logged into both in the same browser, is it... – endolith Sep 8 '17 at 18:31
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    @endolith: It's possible to be signed in into several Google Accounts at the same time, actually we have a tag for related questions: google-multi-login – Rubén Sep 8 '17 at 18:35

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