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Fix hacked YouTube account

Your account may have been hacked, hijacked, or compromised if you see:

  • Changes you didn’t make: Your profile picture, descriptions, email settings, or sent messages are different.
  • Uploaded videos that aren't yours: Someone has posted videos as your account. You may see email notifications about these videos, sometime in relation to penalties or strikes against bad content.

How to fix your account

If you can still sign in

Change your account's password

This changes your Google Account password, so your password will change for all Google services on the account, like Gmail or Google+.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Follow the instructions to change your password.
If you can’t sign in

Reset your account's password

  1. Go to YouTube Account Recovery.
  2. Enter the email address for the account.
  3. Answer the questions to prove ownership of your account.
  4. If you have a recovery email address or phone number set up, you may be able to use those to recover your account. Otherwise, look for the Verify your identity link to prove account ownership and recover your account.

This changes your Google Account password, so your password will change for all Google services on the account, like Gmail or Google+.

 

To help keep your account safe in the future, use our tips on giving your account extra security.

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