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Hey everyone, 

Please note that there isn’t a way to directly switch accounts, but you must sign out of the current user and re-sign in with a different account within the YouTube or YouTube TV apps. 

You can use YouTube (and YouTube TV) with any account that has been signed in to your Google TV. There isn’t a way to sign in to YouTube only, all users must first sign in on Google TV. To add an account to Google TV, go to Settings > Accounts & Sign in > Add another account.

Instructions for how to switch accounts with YouTube:
Once you’ve done that, within the YouTube app, go to the avatar in the top left-hand corner and select “Sign out”. There will be a notification that you are now signed out, and a silhouette will appear in the top left-hand corner. Go back to the silhouette and click “Sign in”. You can then choose any of the accounts which are signed in to your Google TV. 

Instructions for how to switch accounts with YouTube TV:
Go to the avatar in the top right-hand corner and select “Sign out”. There will be a notification that you are now signed out, and you will then be taken back to a screen where you can sign in to the app again.  From here, click on “Sign in” and you’ll then be able choose any of the accounts which are signed in to your Google TV. 

For more information, please visit the Google TV help center and the Chromecast help center.
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Hi Grace,

Outside of the YouTube workaround, will account switching be supported on the Google TV level? 

For instance, if I or someone else wants to see a personal watchlist, or "For you" section, or personal library, will there be an easy way to toggle accounts? 

Right now it seems the only way is to remove accounts and then make another account primary. Or is there something I'm missing?

Thanks!
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That's very complicated and a poor workaround for something that should be a standard feature.
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This is not a good workaround.  The YouTube and YouTubeTV app on every other platform lets you directly switch users in the app, and that is a super important feature for households with more than one person.
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I agree. I have 3 profiles for my family in YouTubeTV, and I need a way to access any of them.
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This is not a poor workaround, it is a TERRIBLE workaround.  This is Googles own product, and it doesn't properly support their biggest service.  Every other platform can properly operate YoutubeTV, but not the one Google made.  That is bad.

The big issue, however, is that the switch of "profiles" needs to be done on the Google TV level, as jowii mentioned.  For two reasons, if my wife signs into YoutubeTV, and I am still signed in to Google TV, any YTTV suggestions give an error when clicked on, so the profiles for Google TV need to be separate, switchable, and have their own logins to apps.  The other reason is that if my wife is using the TV and starts watching a show I don't like, it will log that show as one of my watched programs, which affects my likes and dislikes.  That is bad.

As I mentioned on Twitter, every app and platform is now offering separate profiles.  With Google TV coming out with the Chromecast without this feature, it changes it from being a device I was going to put on every TV I own, to a device that I am going to return to the store.  I'm going back to my Roku.
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How is it that Google software on Sony TVs has this functionality but Google's software on it's own Google hardware doesn't have it?
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I do not have a policy
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I noticed this awful thing also. I have a Samsung TV where I can easily change accounts in yt. Not possible in CCwGTV.
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Google Chrome
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I purchased the new Chromecast with Google TV and I'm returning it today. My wife and I switch YouTube accounts multiple times a day and this "workaround" is mediocre at best. I'll just upgrade to a newer Roku. Really disappointed in whoever made this decision.
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