Fix a hacked YouTube account

If you notice any of the following, your Google Account may have been hacked, hijacked or compromised:

  • Changes that you didn't make: Your profile picture, descriptions, email settings, AdSense association or sent messages are different.
  • Uploaded videos that aren't yours: Someone has posted videos as your Google Account. You may get email notifications about these videos for penalties or strikes against bad content.

You can still sign in to your Google Account

Follow the steps to secure your Google Account.

You can't sign in to your Google Account

For help with getting back into your Google Account:

  1. Follow these steps to recover your Google Account or Gmail.
  2. Reset your password when prompted. Choose a strong password that you haven't already used with this account. Find out how to create a strong password.

Help protect your account

Follow these steps to make your account more secure:

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left-hand navigation panel, click Security.
  3. Under 'Signing in to Google', add recovery options to get back into your account easily in the future. Find out how to set up recovery options.
    1. Turn on 2-Step Verification to add another layer of security to your account. Find out how to turn on 2-Step Verification.
    2. If you use Gmail, check your filters and forwarding settings. Make sure that your emails aren't being forwarded to an email address that you didn't set up.
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