How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account.

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How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 8:17 AM
I've followed Google/YouTube's directions, even added an alternate email address. But I am not given the option to delete the primary, nor am I given the option to make the new alternate address a primary address. Nor am I given the option to create a new primary address.

I do not intend to change it to a GMail address.

Thanks
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. TheLadyFromUncle 12/22/11 11:39 AM
As long as the YouTube's Google account is not using a Gmail you can change it by going to the Google account's My Account (also called "Account settings") and using the "Change email" function at the top under Security.  Note:  if you mean to use the now secondary email as primary you may need to first remove it by using "edit" under the email addresses listed.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 11:45 AM
Thank you for the reply...
The problem is that I tried those steps. But I can only edit/remove the alternate email address. There is no edit or remove option for the primary email address...

I will not be changing it to a GMail address. My company is going through an acquisition and I need to edit the primary address for this account to reflect a new domain(Exchange Account).
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 12:29 PM
I understand, but the problem is that there is no "Change Email" function listed, as described by yourself, and YouTube/Google.


And just to be clear, this account has nothing to do with GMail... Neither the original address, or the future address are GMail... 
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. TheLadyFromUncle 12/22/11 1:31 PM
If there is no option to change email then it is a Gmail type Google account or was a Gmail.  This is fact.

In that case you may not be able to change the primary email address.  You can try the technique for Gmail using My Products - edit but if that fails you are stuck with it being what it is.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 1:45 PM
Thank you tremendously for all your help and efforts...

The account was created in 2005, prior to Google acquiring YouTube, and probably before GMail took off....
Perhaps the problem resides in some transitional issues when Google took over.

Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. TheLadyFromUncle 12/22/11 2:01 PM
No...  not likely.  :(

I have both types of Google accounts and checked this myself just now.  The one which has a non-Gmail email address as primary has the option to Change email address and the one which uses a Gmail (I don't have a Gmail college or company type email to try) doesn't have this same function.  Because those kind of Google accounts have "permanent" email usernames.  And such emails can only be removed using the My Products - edit function...  Except that I cannot vouch that that even works with these pseudo-Gmail email address services.  :(
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 2:17 PM
Thanks again.... I believe I got it, thanks to you!!!!
With the new "skin" of YT and Google, I didn't realize that my account had Google+(dohhh!!).... Frankly, I cannot begin to understand how that happened...

Anyhoo... as per your suggestion, I removed Google+ and voila.... I am now given the option to change my address...

Thanks again for hanging in there long enough for me to get my head out of my rear....
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. TheLadyFromUncle 12/22/11 2:27 PM
AH!  Now this is interesting.  I had no idea that Google+ is such a beggar for messing with how things are on the Google accounts they become a feature of.  o_O  Thank you for letting me know- it will help others in future I have no doubt!  Merry Christmas to you!
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. dawgbonez 12/22/11 2:29 PM
Thanks again.. and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!!!
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Udonthani3750 2/4/12 1:48 PM
I have the same problem. I have a primary e-mail address that I will no longer be able to use. However, I cannot change my alternate e-mail address to be the permanent one. Editing does not work, as the primary one refuses to be changed. I do not have any g-mail accounts. I have wasted 90 minutes on this, and keep going around in circles. Thanks.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. MissJuney 4/9/12 2:51 PM
Hi Dawgbonez, I am in URGENT need of changing my primary email account on my youtube as well, and this thread has been very helpful (thanks The LadyFromUncle!) but when I went in to edit My Products, the only option its giving me to change the primary email address is to ENTIRELY DELETE the original email I used to sign up!!! This is 100% BULLSHIT!! Did you have to do this to finally get a new email as your primary??? THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. The Lady from UNCLE 4/9/12 3:02 PM
YouTube channels do not have email addresses.  Their Google accounts do.  In other words you would need to change the Google account's primary email if you wish to change that Google account's services' email (YouTube, Picasa and Blogger etc all being Google services, dependent on their Google accounts).

If your YouTube' Google account's email address is a GMail then, yes, you would have to delete it in order to replace it with a different email.  And that email cannot be another GMail.  It would have to be a non-GMail not-in-use-by-Google email address.  If it isn't a GMail then you would change it simply by typing in the new email.  As long as that is not a GMail, of course.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. WarLordM1 8/26/12 9:50 AM
Basically Google is fucking evil. They don't let you use any email for anything except the Google one, which means that you CANNOT get Youtube emails ever again if you make a Gmail after making a youtube account. I hate Google so fucking much.

GO VERIZON!
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Koenjah 10/17/12 2:14 AM
Dudes, I just found this!!

Im Dutch so I have to translate everything but it should be similair.

Log in in Gmail.
Go to Account Settings.

Then under the tab account (which is the first page, when you press account settings)

You see something like: "binden accounts" or "connected accounts"
Click on it, and you see that YouTube is connected. next to it is a button Delete

Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. alternapop 11/4/12 9:55 PM
you can delete the youtube account from being associated with the gmail address (from gmail account settings), yet youtube still won't let you change the primary email.  it won't let you add a secondary email that is also a gmail address.  i've yet to find a way.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. JDoors 11/5/12 4:28 AM
From your description that you will no longer "be able to use" your current address, I'd guess your email is administered by Google Apps, which IS gmail (using a custom domain, such as a school or workplace). Is this the case? It's an important bit of information that affects your options.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Rick Kinnard 11/22/12 11:29 AM
ANSWER:

Go to SETTINGS
ADVANCED
"Sign out of all YouTube sessions"

Sign in to the one you want to change.  
Go to SETTINGS
ADVANCED

"Change which Google Account is linked to this account"
Follow the steps.

It will show you your current linked Google account.

CLICK ON "Sign in as a different user"

Finished.  I just did it and it worked fine.
All my videos, connection, emails, etc are still there.

Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. The Lady from UNCLE 11/22/12 12:22 PM
On Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:29:09 PM UTC, Rick Kinnard wrote:
ANSWER:

That only works for legacy YouTube channels which were not created with GMail email at the time.  Also- the OP was asking how to change the email a YouTube's Google account uses.  Changes to email addresses are done at Google, not at YouTube.  :) 
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. alternapop 11/22/12 12:57 PM
I just tried this and "Change which Google Account is linked to this account" isn't available to me.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. The Lady from UNCLE 11/22/12 2:58 PM
On Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:57:42 PM UTC, alternapop wrote:
I just tried this and "Change which Google Account is linked to this account" isn't available to me.

As I responded to alternpop- that method only works if the YouTube channel in question is legacy and was made using a non-GMail email. 
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Otaku-San 12/16/12 12:43 AM

This is an old thred thingymabob, but if you haven't found your answer, here it is.

I've had the same problem. Apparently, if your account isn't a "legacy" account, which is an account made before 2009, you are unable to unlink your account from google, sadly.

If your account was made before 2009, there is hope. Just do as someone else has suggested below:

Go to settings > Overview > Advanced > Sign out of all youtube sessions.

When you log back in, just click "Change which Google Account is linked to this account", follow it, and click sign in as a different user. Derp, problem... solved? I wouldn't know since I made my account in 2011.

Sucks to be me.
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. The Lady from UNCLE 12/16/12 3:36 AM
@Otaku-San- the OP was asking how to change an email address.  Not how to unlink to relink.  ;)
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Parthbhalej 12/17/12 4:58 AM
Same problem with me
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. MD Ansari 1/13/13 5:16 AM
i was create this account for my friend but i dont know how daes he connected with my youtube account please help me out !! i have already my personal gmail account but i'm not able to connect with youtube !
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Danya Putnam 1/21/13 12:53 AM
how do you change your primary email address on youtube
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. The Lady from UNCLE 1/31/13 3:38 PM
On Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:38:15 PM UTC, Phạm Hữu Dư wrote:
Same here, what's solution?

Same as the answer the OP marked up as "Best Answer" over a year ago. 
Re: How do I change the primary email address associated with a YouTube account. Anas1980 2/11/13 3:33 AM
You can change your primary email address easily:
1) Login to your G-Mail account.
2) Open the arrow next to your photo in the top right corner, then Click on (Account).
3) On the left menu click (Products)
4) Click (Edit) near Your Products
5) Click on (Remove Gmail permanently) : Warning, this will keep your Google account but it will remove your G-Mail account permanently.
6) You'll be asked to provide another Email to associate it with your channel, noting that you can't use an existing account at all, you may create a new Google account and link it to your channel.

This is the only way.

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