Move your YouTube channel to another account

You can move your channel (including its videos, likes, etc.) over from one account to another.

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 more about how to create a Brand Account.

Move your channel to another account by following these steps: 

  1. In the top right corner of, click your profile picture. 
  2. Click Switch account
  3. Sign in to the account associated with the channel you want to move. 


    It's important that you are signed in to the account associated with the channel you want to move. For example, if you want to move the channel associated with your Google Account to a Brand Account, make sure you are signed in to your Google Account for this step.

    Similarly, if you want to move the channel associated with your Brand Account to your Google Account, make sure you are signed in to your Brand Account. 

    This will ensure that your channel is not unintentionally deleted during the move

  4. Go to your advanced account settings
  5. Under Account information, click either Move channel to Brand Account or Move channel to your Google Account or a different Brand Account.
  6. You’ll need to enter your password and re-authenticate
    1. To re-authenticate, do one of the following:
      1. Use a security key (if a security key is linked to the account).
      2. Get a prompt sent to your phone (if you have gmail or google maps installed in your iOS, or if you have logged in your Android).
      3. Sign in using a backup code (if you can’t verify using your secondary credentials).
      4. Verify your account via SMS if there’s a recovery phone number.
    2. If you see an error message with “Action Blocked,” you need to have a phone and follow the steps below:
      1. For Android users, stay signed into the Google account for several days
      2. For iOS users, install either the Gmail or Google Search app and stay signed in to one of those apps for several days.
      3. For non-Android, non-iOS users, add a recovery phone number to your Google account and wait for several days.
  7. Choose the account you want to move to from the list given.
    1. If the account you choose is already associated with a YouTube channel, click Delete channel in the box that pops up. Note: This will delete the channel that is already associated with that account. This means that any content associated with this channel (including videos, comments, messages, playlists, and history) will be permanently deleted.
  8. Check how your channel name will appear after moving, then click Move channel
    • Important: This will delete any existing channel (along with all of its videos) that is already associated with the account that you're moving to. 
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.
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