Can't sign in with YouTube username

Instead of signing in to your account by entering your YouTube username, enter your full email address. Then, enter the same password you’ve been using to sign in to YouTube.

You're still signing into the same account as always—you just need to enter the email address on the account instead of your YouTube username.

I don't know my Google Account email or password, or I'm signing into the wrong account

For a limited time, if you enter your YouTube username and your account password correctly (just like before) on the YouTube site, you'll see this message: "Your password is correct, but we no longer support signing in with your YouTube username. Please enter your Google Account email address (example@xyz.com) to sign in."

To sign into your account, enter your Google Account email address (provided in the message) and the same password you used before.

Why do I need to sign into a Google Account on YouTube?

You may not know it, but every time you've signed into YouTube since 2011, you've been signing into a Google Account—you access YouTube with your Google Account. The password you've used to sign in is your Google Account password.

As we integrate services across Google, we can no longer support signing into Google Accounts with YouTube usernames. Instead, you need to sign into YouTube with your Google Account email address (this is often Gmail, but can also be a different domain like Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).

But I don’t like my Google Account email address! If the email address isn't Gmail, you can change your email address. Or, you can replace it by adding Gmail to your account. If you already have Gmail, you can add an alternate email address to sign in with.

Some old YouTube channels (created before May 2009) are not part of a Google Account. Find out how to access a YouTube channel that's not part of a Google Account.