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Use a pre-Google YouTube account (legacy YouTube account)

Channels that were created before May 2009, and haven't been signed in since 2011, are not part of a Google Account. These are called "legacy YouTube channels."

To access a legacy channel, you need to link it to a Google Account:

  1. Go to and sign in to the Google Account you'd like to link with your YouTube channel. If you don't have a Google Account, you can create one
  2. Go to
  3. In the box on the left, enter your YouTube username and password. 
  4. Select Link these accounts.
  5. Select Claim channel.

After you complete these steps, use your Google Account username and password to access your YouTube channel.

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