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
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 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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    Also whatever anyone tells you deleting your account will not solve the problem.
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 20:51
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    As of August 2019, there is not an option to unlink your account, even if it was created before 2009.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Aug 13, 2019 at 14:12
  • This is not correct. I have an account from the past. But there is no option to unlink whatsoever Commented Jul 11, 2023 at 10:39

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.

  • 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." Commented Sep 8, 2017 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
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 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 Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 18:35
  • The tag info includes the link to the official help article :) Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 18:35

As of 2021 it is possible to delete the youtube service from your google account

These are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to https://myaccount.google.com/data-and-personalization
  2. Delete a service or your account s2
  3. Delete a service s3
  4. Delete the youtube service enter image description here

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