How to Delete Your YouTube Account

youtubeNow that Google has decided to force YouTube users to integrate their accounts more and more with Google+, a social network that nobody I know actually uses, many people are deciding they’d simply rather not continue using YouTube either.

To that end, here’s a short description of how to delete your YouTube account.

How To Delete a YouTube channel connected to a Google+ page or not connected to Google+:

  1. Make sure you’ve logged in to the channel you want to delete.
  2. Go to Advanced Account Settings.
  3. Click Delete channel.
  4. You’ll be asked to re-enter your login information to confirm that you really do want to delete your channel.

You may still see thumbnails of your videos on the site as it takes time to update; they will be removed shortly.

Note, though, that Google does say this: “If your channel is connected to a Google+ page, this will not delete the page. If you want, you can delete the page afterwards.”

This is more than a little confusing. Even more confusing, Google goes on to say that if your YouTube account is connected to your Google+ page:

“To remove your channel, you need to delete your Google+ profile (this will hide your channel and content unless you restore the profile) or delete your entire Google Account. You can’t separately delete your YouTube channel.”

So it sounds like Google has decided the only way to really delete your YouTube account is to delete your whole Google account. Hopefully it won’t come to that if all you want to delete is YouTube.

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