I don't even know if it's possible to do this, but what I'm trying to do is to change how my name on YouTube shows up to others (when I post videos or comments or the like). I just want to change the name while keeping my channel, the videos I've posted, and suchlike.

I read (I think) that you can do this by unlinking your YouTube account to the Google+ account it's currently linked to, then link it to a different Google+ account—is this accurate? Currently it is forcing me to use my real name as my YouTube channel name. This is downright obnoxious; I want anonymity, I don't want every video I post to be emblazoned with my real name for every person who googles me to see! How can I change it to a username that is not my real name?

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It is possible to change the YouTube channel account name. Simply follow these steps:

Note: Quotes were taken from Change your channel details - Youtube Help.

Change the channel Name

If your channel is connected to Google+, you can change the channel name:

  • Sign in to your channel on YouTube.
  • Open the Guide and click My Channel.
  • Point your cursor at your channel name and click the pencil icon > Channel settings.
  • Under Account Information, click Change next to your channel name.

Change the channel ICON

  • Sign in to your channel on YouTube.
  • Open the Guide and click My Channel.
  • Point your cursor at your channel icon and click the pencil icon.
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    If you're going to copy verbatim from a site, even the Google Support site, you should at least link back to the source. Presenting someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. The source link for this information is: support.google.com/youtube/answer/2657964
    – ale
    Dec 7, 2014 at 16:25
  • @Rakesh Raki Thank you… I had been hoping to figure out a way to change just my youtube account name without changing my gmail address, but oh well, I guess that's not possible. Thank you too, Al E. I actually did find this method with a quick google search before ever asking the question here on SE; I was hoping one of you savvy people might know some fancy technique for changing just the youtube account name without changing the gmail name, but I guess such a thing doesn't exist. Thank you both, all the same—this method did work perfectly. Dec 8, 2014 at 19:10
  • @AlE, I edited the answer as was suggested in What to do when plagiarism is discovered - Meta Stack Exchange Mar 12, 2016 at 13:10

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