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YouTube accounts being linked to Google accounts

YouTube accounts being linked to Google accounts

For some time now, anyone wanting a YouTube account has had to do so by creating a Google account, since YouTube is now a Google product. Other users have been encouraged to link their existing YouTube accounts with Google accounts, but until just a few days ago, this was always optional.

Now, some users have already been forced to link their accounts, and over the next few months all remaining accounts will need to be linked. You’ll know when your time has come when you see the usual notification asking you to link your accounts, but without the option to “skip for now”. This means that for every YouTube account you have, you must also have a Google account.

If you don’t link accounts, nothing much will happen, but you won’t be able to sign in to your YouTube channel.

Unfortunately, a small number of users have been experiencing some bugs preventing them from signing in after they linked their accounts. There is a workaround for this if it affects you, but YouTube is aware of the problem and working on it. From what I understand, the roll-out has been temporarily halted until the problem can be fixed, so in an ideal world, if you still haven’t been forced to link, the bug should never affect you (although nothing is ever guaranteed).

For more information on linking accounts, please check the official Help Centre article. If you’re having problems signing in after linking, you might want to read the first few posts of this Help Forum thread which explains a workaround you should be able to use until the bug is fixed.