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

Some older YouTube channels are not part of a Google Account. This is only possible if the channel was created before May 2009 and you haven't signed in to it since 2011. These are called legacy YouTube channels.

To access these legacy channels, you'll need to link your channel to a Google Account.

  1. Sign in to the Google Account you'd like to link with your YouTube channel. Make sure this Google Account doesn't already have a YouTube channel connected to it. If you don't have a Google Account, it's easy to create one
  2. After you sign in, enter youtube.com/gaia_link in your web browser. Enter your YouTube username and password in the box on the left and select Link these accounts.

Now, you will use your Google Account email and password to access your YouTube channel.