How to Delete Your YouTube Account but Not the Gmail Account?

Have you ever wanted to delete your YouTube account but not your Gmail account? If so, then this is the post for you. Maybe you want to keep your YouTube channel alive and just delete all of the videos from it.

Or maybe you are planning on making a new YouTube channel with a different email address. Either way, this article will show you how to do it!

What to do before you delete your YouTube account

  • Log into your YouTube account and open the menu at the top left of the screen.
  • Select “Creator Studio.”
  • Click on Channel from this section, where you will find a list of all your videos. Delete or unpublish them until there are no more in this list. You should now be able to see an option that says “Delete channel”.
  • Click it!
  • This step is very important because if you delete only one video without doing so then not even deleting any others, they’ll still show up when people search for you online.

Take caution before proceeding with deleting anything as you will most likely lose data.

How to link or unlink your YouTube and Gmail accounts?

To link your Gmail account and YouTube one, you need to go into the settings of both accounts. When in YouTube, click “linked services” and then sign in with your Gmail address.

After this is done it will ask for permission to access certain information from your Google Accounts like what videos are important to you or that person’s viewing habits. You can change these permissions later if they become problematic but be sure not to delete either account!

How to delete the videos from a channel on YouTube without deleting the Gmail account entirely?

  • Log in to your Gmail account and then click on the gear icon at the top of the screen. Click “Data tools” > Google Takeout, which is near the bottom of this list.  Select “create a copy”. This step allows you to download an archive file containing all of your emails from Gmail with no risk that they’ll be deleted when you delete your YouTube account.
  • You may need administrator privileges for some browsers or accounts if Google Takeout doesn’t show up as an option. If you don’t have those access rights, see below how to take screenshots instead (though these won’t include attachments).  Go back into your YouTube settings page and remove any mention of email addresses.  After you’ve done this, go to the Gmail account and delete any emails you may have sent from it.
  • Back on your YouTube settings page, select “delete all my videos” or manually remove them one by one if desired. This will permanently take down those videos from YouTube without deleting your entire YouTube account.
  • Warning: If you also deleted the email address linked with your Google Wallet after removing it from YouTube, then before proceeding be sure to log in into a different browser (or another device) and add that email back as an authorized account for Google Wallet which is required for purchases made through Play Store app/website.
  • Otherwise, try contacting google support using the chat box at the bottom of their homepage at Gmail dot com.
  • You have now successfully deleted the YouTube account but not Gmail you will want to go back into your Gmail settings and turn off “autofill” on all devices to avoid accidentally logging in with that email address.

You can also check this video:

What is Google Takeout?

Google takeout allows for a user’s data (emails, contacts, calendars, etc) to be exported from one or more google accounts.

This can allow someone who wants their content removed from another site such as youtube.com, Facebook, Twitter, etc., access to export their emails without having them erased when they delete their account because all of these sites are connected via sync features like oAuth which then share information with other services linked using this feature.

How do I create a copy using Google Takeout?

Log in to your Gmail account and then click on the gear icon at the top of the screen. Click “Data tools” > Google Takeout, which is near the bottom of this list. Select “create a copy”. This step allows you to download an archive file containing all of your emails from Gmail with no risk that they’ll be deleted when you delete your YouTube account.

You may need administrator privileges for some browsers or accounts if google takeout doesn’t show up as an option. If you don’t have those access rights, see below how to take screenshots instead (though these won’t include attachments).

The dangers of deleting your Gmail and/or Youtube account altogether

  • When someone deletes their Gmail account, they are permanently deleting all the content and data that was stored on their Google Drive. If there is a phone or tablet linked to this email address via Android Device Manager then as well as any applications installed from the Play Store (Android Apps) which will be deleted unless you have them synced with your other accounts where those apps may still exist.
  • This can also mean if you use other Google services like Youtube but delete your entire YouTube account including both emails, then it can cause some problems when trying to recover access to one’s previous purchased videos on play store app/website because, without an active Gmail associated to confirm eligibility for authentic purchases, android devices would not be able to download anything from the play store.
  • In other words, be aware that when you delete your Youtube account (including both emails), it may also result in Gmail being deleted because they are linked together so if this is not what you want then don’t delete all emails!
  • YouTube video content can only be downloaded through Google Takeout which would contain attachments but does not include any form of email or chat history.
  • This means there will no longer be a record of those conversations and the person will need to rely on screenshots unless someone else has a copy of their chats saved elsewhere.
  • Lastly, deleting one’s Gmail account could have unintended consequences for another unrelated service like Skype as well as put an individual at risk for more identity theft.

Why You Shouldn’t Delete Your Youtube Account if You Want To Keep Your GMAIL Account!

After reading this post, I hope you are now more aware of the dangers that come from deleting your Youtube account if it’s linked with a Gmail account. In addition to losing all videos on YouTube, also removing one’s email address will not only result in Google Wallet being inaccessible but could lead to someone forgetting their password and having issues recovering access into other accounts where they use the same email.

Deleting both emails may even cause unintentional consequences for another unrelated service like Skype or put an individual at risk for identity theft as well so be careful!

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