To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account.

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To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. videofuture1 12/24/09 6:53 AM
Want to change YouTube Username.  My understanding is that to do this you had to cancel existing account and create a new account with new username.  Cancelled existing account and tried to create new account with new username tied to same Google Account, but system won't let me do that.  Message is that my Google Account is still tied to my cancelled account with old username.  Trying to do all this on same day - is there some type of waiting period before I can create new account/username using same Google Account info?
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. MrColoradan 12/24/09 7:29 AM
I want to do exactly the same thing.  If an account is "deleted" (under the usual meaning of the word) then it doesn't exist any more.  I too tried to do this but when I tried to create another account, Google said my account was already linked to the "deleted" one, so I guess it wasn't really deleted after all. 

I would really like someone to say how to do this, or for Google to change the way it handles linked, but deleted accounts.

If I could unlink the account, and then delete it, that might work but I can't figure out how to do that either, the "unlink accounts" option is not under my "manage account" button. 
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. JDoors 12/24/09 9:03 AM
A lot of people assume what everyone believes should be obvious, that if you close an account, it's just plain gone. It's not. All the data is retained for security, accountablility and other reasons (like, what if you wanted to reopen it and use that name again? If they just threw all that data out, you could not do that). So links made between accounts and e-mail addresses are retained, basically forever.
 
Every new YouTube account must use a new e-mail address and be linked to a Google account that has never been associated with a YouTube account before.
 
There is no viable solution to "juggling" links BETWEEN different accounts (since they intend those links to be permanent in the first place).
 
You can reopen the closed YouTube account, if that will help in any way, by using the form referenced below.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. MrColoradan 12/24/09 4:58 PM
JDoors wrote:  (like, what if you wanted to reopen it and use that name again? If they just threw all that data out, you could not do that)

Why not?  If the account had really been deleted, the username would then become available again.  But for some reason this is unacceptable.  In any case, I really don't want this username any more. I have deleted *this* account and had it restored, after discovering that the "unlink" is impossible.  I'm not swimming in unrelated email addresses, I have one at home and one at work, and 50% of them are tied up in a YouTube account that I would really, really like a different username for. The name "MrColoradan" can happily go by the wayside.   YouTube apparently would rather pay homage to the past than the future, with respect to people's desires for usernames. 

Alas. 

I guess the only solution is to try to find another email address.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. scfree 12/31/09 5:50 AM
The focus and responsibility should be more focused on user. I don't know how widespread the issue is, but I think this is uniquely backwards. A user should be able to change the username of an account. It could and should be policy for the user to understand (or agree) that changes to the username are permanent and cannot be restored, and a deleted account cannot be restored. If I delete my account, I would like all the data associated with it to be deleted forever. That is better than not being able to either change my username or make a second or third or replacement account with the same email address?

In my case, I didn't realize this 'feature' and used my personal email address to create an account with a username based on a client's name. I have since created another account for him to use, but now I can't use my own or delete and create one.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. Aamir Yaseen 12/31/09 6:34 AM
My problem is I have deleted my youtube account that was associated with my primary gmail account. Now I want to create new username on youtube and attach this new youtube username with my primary gmail account. But google is not allowing me to do it.

Is there any place, where I can complaign and get help in this regard?

Thanks
Aamir Yaseen
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. Aamir Yaseen 12/31/09 6:38 AM
I am getting following message when I am trying to connect new youtube user name with existing gmail account.

'The Google account you tried to sign in to is already linked to oldusername'

Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. anmoose 12/31/09 9:11 AM
That is the message you will ALWAYS get, because that account is PERMANENTLY linked to the old account. There is no way to UNlink it.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. Aamir Yaseen 12/31/09 11:23 AM
Hi Anmoose,
But I want to link new account with same email. is there anyway I can do it?

Thanks in advanca,
Aamir
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. anmoose 12/31/09 4:10 PM
You can't do it. Google no longer allows it. You only get ONE chance at ONE account per email address. And yes, it's completely ridiculous.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. atlantaitgirl 12/31/09 5:07 PM
I had the same problem. I wanted a new username because my old one was too identifiably me. I have the new account but of course it is BRAND NEW. I want to migrate my favorites, initial account creation date, friends, subscriptions etc to my new account. But I guess it is kind of misleading. If someone responded to a comment to my old name and now it's this new name. I don't want to have two different accounts but all my favs and friends are in the other one.
 
recommend enhancement. where can we do that??
also another enhancement-- add spell checker to comments. Does FireFox spell check in You Tube?? I'll check..
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. wealthplanllc 1/2/10 5:41 PM
I find it very strange that I cannot change a YouTube account link within my Google account. I hope people from tech support and developers are actually looking at pages like this so they can see what people are going through. I find this to be a simple request. I/we would appreciate an answer to the reasoning behind this.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. ChrisLive 1/5/10 4:44 AM
Not a fan of this rule.  Though I understand why they do it, I think there should be some acceptions. What about long term users of their google account tied to a youtube username. Or users that have CCs tied to their accounts and are in good standing. 

Why not limit users from changing their youtube name more than once in a 6-12 month period?  I do realize that means youtube would have to preserve doubling data on some individuals, but come on, gmail continues to expand users mailbox limits greater and faster than what any email competitor can handle. 

The alternative would be to link another email account to a new youtube account, but that would create the same amount of additional storage for youtube, so what's the difference?

If anyone from Youtube is reading this, would you mind bringing this topic up at your next internal meeting?

@atlantaitgirl - firefox does spell check :)
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. oyvine 1/6/10 10:21 PM
Well,
I was just going to post my first (could you believe it?) video on youtube. I just wanted to change my username first. This stupid rule makes that impossible. That means that I will be posting my first vimeo video in the next minutes. So long youtube ;)

ØE

Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. anmoose 1/6/10 11:40 PM
*waves byebye @ oyvine*
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. JDoors 1/7/10 8:09 AM
Øyvin, all you'd have to do is create a new account with your preferred username, but using a different e-mail address and/or Google account. It's no big deal. I have more than eight e-mail addresses used for various accounts and reasons. My e-mail program is simply set up to download mail from all of those accounts. No big deal.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. edersharon 1/8/10 7:13 AM
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. bennettwilliamsdrums 1/13/10 5:24 PM
I have had nothing but problems trying to get my YouTube account linked to my gmail account with the exact same username. Because when I signed up for YouTube I used an older email account that has since been deleted, YouTube will not let me log in much less link to my gmail account with the very same username. When I ask them to be reopened, they tell me that everything is fine, and I still cannot log in.

I am writing a letter to YouTube. They need to step up and take care of this problem. As long as they don't have any technical support, I encourage everyone to do the same.

YouTube LLC
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA, 94066
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. ashweenxlata 1/17/10 1:41 PM
Dear all, I need help to get my youtube account set up.
I have been trying to sign in as it says my username exists. I tried with all the passwords I can recall or ever used. It doesnt work. It asks to sign in using google account and I use gmail so got in but then the next step to sign into youtube doesnt work for me. I tried reset password and it sends to my secondary email BUT when I use that link to reset password IT RESETS MY GMAIL password NOT the Youtube account.

Thanks

Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. bennettwilliamsdrums 1/17/10 5:27 PM
ashweenxlata:

This is EXACTLY my problem. So far there is no solution. This is the kind of thing that somebody with access inside the YouTube computing system would be able to fix, if they had any sort of technical support..... but they don't.

I have written a letter to YouTube, I strongly suggest that you and everyone else who has issues with YouTube that needs technical support does the same. I am sure everyone can spare the five minutes it takes to write an actual letter and put it in the mail. The address is above. Best wishes.

-B
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. rjthomson 1/21/10 10:34 PM
STUPID!
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. pepk 1/22/10 3:49 PM
I tried to open a new Youtube account since my 12 year old appropriated mine and when I comment on videos,  SHE gets the responses, and vice versa. It's very annoying, however, yeah, you need a new email to open a new account and how STUPID is that?
Talk about not being practical.   I would love to continue getting   my youtube updates to my current email which I've had for the past ten years!!!!   I would have to open a new youtube account on a new email and have all those forwarded to my current email.  'Cause I'm not gonna check another friggin' email account!!!
Another extra step in my life which has plenty of useless, mind numbing steps in it already. 

Oh, and because I kept trying to open a new account thinking there was a glitch, my account got suspended.  Really smart Google/Youtube.  Add that to all the distroying of videos people have made by stripping the music off due to so called copyright laws (we're giving you Warner Bros free advertising, you schmucks)  I'm beginning to think you're as evil and stupid as AT&T and any other corporate money grubbing company.    Why do I bother?
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. JDoors 3/4/10 10:04 AM
I don't know why Google decided that a gmail/YouTube combination MUST be considered one, combined, and permanent, Google account. Kind of gives users the incentive to use OTHER e-mail services just to avoid that snafu. Well, it WOULD give them that incentive if there was any way to know about that limitation in advance ...      :\
 
Opening a new account does not disable accounts unless you used credentials that were already flagged as belonging to a suspended account, or you are signed into the "wrong" Google account, one that's linked to an invalid YouTube account (you'll get a cryptic "disabled" message, without the needed information that it's NOT the account you're trying to access that's disabled!).
 
Nowadays having more than one e-mail address is not uncommon, it's like having more than one phone number (landline, cellphone, kid's cells, etc.), or more than one car. And it's even easier to manage than those examples since your e-mail program can be set up to download all your mail from all your addresses all at the same time, or all the addresses can be set up to forward to your current one. Once set up you never need to care that they're coming from different addresses, you just receive them all at the same time, just as you do now.
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. bmix40 5/12/10 2:44 PM
Not sure if anyone has an answer to this question:  Today I went to create a new YouTube account that uses my real name in the URL (username).  I do realize that you can only have one YouTube account linked to your Gmail account (which is quite frankly, LAME), but someone else is using my full name currently.  I learned that this person has a different name, which is very strange, as I do not have a common last name.  So I sent him an email to see if he would consider canceling his account so that I can use it.  (He has not logged into his account in over a year and does not have any favorite videos or any uploaded video's, for that matter.  Basically, it's not being used).

My question is: If he cancels his account, can I create a new account using that user name?  If it's not that simple, does anyone know the steps I need to make to acquire that user name.  Thanks!
Re: To change Username - cancel exisitng account - create new account, but system won't let me use existing Google Account. JDoors 5/13/10 8:24 AM
If you do contact them do NOT have them close the account -- As stated elsewhere in this thread, that name will be retained in a permanent record and cannot be used again. To "transfer" ownership to you they must give you (temporary) access to the e-mail account on file and the password to the account (which you could then change to your own credentials).
 
Usernames are first-come-first-served, so they had every right to choose any name at all (my preferred name was already in use too, I just chose another).
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