Move your YouTube channel to another account

You can move your channel and its content over from one account to another. Note that if your account is a supervised account or a work or school account, you will not be able to move your channel. 

Before you start: 

YouTube channel is automatically connected to an account. There are two different types of accounts:

Google Account You need a Google Account to sign in to YouTube. Your channel name is automatically the same as the one on your Google Account.
Brand Account

A Brand Account is an account that is specifically for your brand. This account is different from your personal Google Account. If a channel is linked to a Brand Account, multiple people can manage it from their Google Accounts.

Learn how to create a Brand Account:

  1. First, check to see if you already have a Brand Account.
  2. Sign in to YouTube.
  3. Go to your channel list.
  4. Click Create a new channel.
  5. Fill out the details to name the Brand Account and verify your account. Then, click Create. You’ve created your Brand Account.

Move your channel to another Brand Account associated with the same Google Account: 

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. At the top of your screen, click your profile picture.
  3. If needed, switch accounts to the Google Account associated with the channel you want to move.  

    Warning:

    You can accidentally delete the wrong channel. To avoid this, check that you’re in the Google Account associated with the channel you want to move.

  4. Click Settings.
  5. Click Advanced settings.
  6. Click Move channel to a Brand Account
  7. Choose the account you want to move to from the list on your screen. If you don’t have a list of accounts, it could be for a few reasons:
    • Your Google Account is not the primary account owner. Learn more about how to change channel owners.
    • Other users have access to your channel in Studio permissions. To continue, you first have to remove these users in Studio. Learn more about how to remove access.
    • Your channel had been using a Brand Account and moved to permissions. To continue, you first need to opt your channel out of Studio permissions. 
      • To opt out, select “Opt out of permissions in YouTube Studio” under YouTube Studio's Settings  and then Permissions.
  8. If the account you choose is already associated with a YouTube channel, click Replace, then select Delete channel in the box that pops up. 
    • Important: Doing so will delete the channel that is already associated with that account. Any content associated with this channel will be permanently deleted, including videos, comments, messages, playlists, and history.
  9. Check how your channel name will appear after moving, then click Move channel
    • Reminder: Doing so will delete any existing channel and the videos already associated with the account that you're moving to. 
  10. Note: You may be asked to enter your password and re-authenticate. Learn more about re-authenticating your account.
Note that some content can't be moved, such as: all comments made by the channel, sent and received messages, verification badges, and automated filter community settings. You'll see a warning if your channel has this content. If you have a custom URL, it will not be moved to your new channel.

Move your Brand Account to a different Google Account: 

  1. On YouTube, sign in as the owner of the Brand Account.
  2. In the top right, click your profile picture and then Settings  .
  3. Under "Account," select Add or remove manager(s).
  4. Click Manage permissions.
    1. Note: You may be asked to enter your password and re-authenticate. Learn more about re-authenticating your account.
  5. Choose Invite new users .
  6. Enter the email address of the Google Account you would like to move your channel to.
  7. Below their name, choose their role:
    1. Owners can take the most actions, and they control who manages the account. An account must have one primary owner
  8. Select Invite  and then Done.
  9. Accept the email invite sent to the newly added Google Account.
  10. After 7 days, sign in via the new Google Account and return to Manage Permissions.
  11. Change your logged-in account’s role to primary owner from the drop-down menu.
  12. Click Transfer in the box that pops up.
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