Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email?

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Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Liz YouTube support 10/21/11 4:07 PM
Hi everyone,

We've heard some of you asking about recent messaging you received telling you that you needed to complete the sign up process. Thanks for letting us know, and apologies if our previous messaging caused any confusion.

Basically, we emailed you because your YouTube account isn't yet linked to a Google Account. All YouTube accounts must link to a Google Account; in fact, you won't be able to log into your YouTube account until you link to a Google Account.

Linking pretty straight forward: just go to YouTube, click "sign in" and enter your username and password. You'll then be prompted to link to a Google Account. 

If you already have a Google Account, you can link to your existing Google Account by logging into your YouTube account and then entering your Google Account credntials. If you don't have a Google Account yet then you can create one and link to the new Google Account.

You can learn more about linking here:
and 

If you're having any trouble linking to a Google Account or logging into YouTube after linking, feel free to contact our Support team for help:

Some of you have also mentioned you received this messaging, but don't remember creating a YouTube account. It could be that you created this YouTube account a long time ago and just don't remember or maybe another user signed up for this YouTube username but accidentally typed in your email address instead of his or hers.

There are a few things you can do: you can use this YouTube account by logging in and then linking to a Google Account, or you can close the YouTube account if you just don't want a YouTube account (it's ok, we understand).

To close the YouTube account, just log into YouTube using the username and account password, and select Account Settings. (You'll see: "If you wish to close this account you can do this from Account Settings." Click the "Account Settings" link). 

REMEMBER: once you close a YouTube account it cannot be reopened. Please make sure you're certain that you want to delete the YouTube account before closing it.

If you don't remember or know the YouTube account password, you can reset the password by visiting this page:

The reset password link will be sent to the email address which received the "Complete registration and upgrade your account" messaging. 

You can then log in and either link this YouTube account to a Google Account, or close the YouTube account.

We hope this information's useful and see you back on YouTube!

~ Liz

 

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 10/21/11 4:16 PM
Also important to note that there word of scams based on this going about so it is important to check the validity of the email received.  This was brought up on the thread I had made on this earlier this week:  http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/youtube/thread?tid=022ef05d1a8ff78d&hl=en&fid=022ef05d1a8ff78d0004afd73a28b4ad
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? xFuZioNz5 10/27/11 12:41 PM
Liz Can You PLEASE Come Read My Post And Help Me Out?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? guest1101 11/1/11 6:03 PM
Liz, 
 the account that I am looking at under settings there are several links, but there is no "close" link.  So what do I do now?

Email me @ gefb...@gmail.com or reply here.

Thanks
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ygg.dra.sil.media 11/11/11 2:16 PM
Hi Liz,

I've just received one such e-mail, however my accounts are already linked. Checked the headers and the message looks legit. It claims if I take no action, my account will be deleted on December 9th. If this is an error on Google's part, would clicking the upgrade link disrupt my channel in any way? How do you suggest I proceed?

Thanks!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? acousticheresy 11/11/11 6:06 PM
Same here been linked forever and always use gmail account
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Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? bendypaperclips 11/12/11 1:56 AM
Hi I've already linked and the email I have recieved has the wrong channel name.. m54hil... no idea what this is, the email was sent to the email which is already linked to my YT acc... please advise

Thanks
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TJBRIGHTON 11/12/11 2:00 AM
I got the same email My account is already linked to my google account and has been for a couple of years now. 

What is this about?

TJ



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Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kooyawn 11/12/11 7:24 AM
I log into Youtube with my Google password EVERY TIME I log on and have for as long as I can remember.  Why am I being threatened with account deletion?  What do I or Youtube need to do to stop this from happening? 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? xlannax11 11/12/11 9:00 AM
I received the same email... my youtube and gmail account already linked... I'm pretty sure it's a scam and if I loose my account on December 9th I will be angry!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? LynnieHa 11/12/11 10:38 AM
the email i recieved does not use the phrase "Dear [xxx], it says "Hi there, [xxx]".
the username used is part of my email address, and is NOT the username of my current account (which IS linked to that same email address).
my google account and  current youtube account have been linked for some time already.
i have no idea how to view an 'extended header' on an email.
i have no recollection of attempting to create a youtube account with the username in the email.
i have no interest in a second account.

so my question is this: if i ignore this email, is my existing account going to be affected in any way, seeing as how it uses the same email account?
or is my email a scam?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ZexMaxwell01 11/12/11 11:33 AM
what I found strange is that I thought I was already had my youtube account connected to google. I've always logged in with google. Thus the reasons why I thought it was a scam and starting to search for an answer.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? LynnieHa 11/12/11 1:35 PM
what is the difference between an account and a channel?  or are they synonymous?  my email does not mention 'channel' it only asks me to link the 'account' i supposedly hadn't finished setting up  yet.  

this is all so confusing....
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? stimm19941999 11/12/11 2:49 PM
I received a letter that said I needed to  link to a Google account.  I signed out and then signed in with my email and google account password. Is this all I need to do.   Thank you.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? craigjg 11/12/11 10:18 PM
Same problem here;
It addresses my old user name which was with yahoo. However the email says I havent completed the sign up process for the google account that I changed to-. Which I certainly have,I have been signing in with google for some time. As below:

Hi there {my old username},

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for {my current google email address} but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

{youtube login for my old account}

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 10, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center.

Thank you,
The YouTube Team


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? craigjg 11/13/11 2:18 AM
Just recieved another email of the same type, this one is addressed to my old yahoo username from years back, well before I held any google accounts, I cant imagine where google or anyone could have got this information from. I never provided google/youtube with it.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? mariamcmc1 11/13/11 2:27 AM
And my e-mail finish with this note!! And now what? I have a Google account, I have no link to upgrade...
 
"Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 10, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account.If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center"
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? BenKlontz 11/14/11 4:43 AM
I don't feel like the question of when a user believes their accounts are linked, why they received the e-mail about how their accounts are not linked.  If I see this in "Change My Password" in my YouTube Account Settings, how could my Google and YouTube accounts not be linked?: "You signed in via Google, so you should click here to change your password."  Thanks. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? BenKlontz 11/14/11 5:23 AM
Well I only have one account, and I use the password from my Google account to log into YouTube to view videos, so where does the existence of a second channel/YouTube account come in?  How could the e-mail be referring to a different account when it refers to the same e-mail address as the one I use to log into Youtube with, which is my Gmail username and password?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? BenKlontz 11/14/11 5:55 AM
Ok, thanks.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Speak Up 11/14/11 7:30 AM
OK- I've read all the above but what about if i received the same email in CROATIAN?

I only know the content was Croatian because I translated it on google translate. I have no links with Croatia. The email account was created in UK.

Sender was noreply@youtube.

The email was received today 13.11.2011. I have pasted the English translation using Google Translate below.

Dear xxx,

We remind you that you have created a YouTube account for the e-mail
x...@gmail.com, but did not complete the application process. Complete the application and

upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

When you upgrade, you can log on to YouTube the same account
to use for other Google sites.

* * Please note that your account will be * 11 12th 2011.izbrisan from our
system * If you do not upgrade. If you have problems and need
assistance,
visit the Help Center
YouTube <http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=1142412>
.

Thank you,
Tim YouTube
  (c) 2011 YouTube, LLC


Original Email read as follows
Poštovani xxxx,

Podsjećamo da ste stvorili račun usluge YouTube za adresu e-pošte
x...@gmail.com, ali niste dovršili proces prijave. Dovršite prijavu i
nadogradite račun klikom na vezu u nastavku:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=jhyuujhyu&feature=neup2><http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=jhyuujhyu&feature=neup2>

Kada nadogradite, moći ćete se prijaviti na uslugu YouTube istim računom
koji upotrebljavate za sve ostale Googleove web-lokacije.

*Napominjemo* da će vaš račun biti *11. 12. 2011.izbrisan iz našeg
sustava *ako ga ne nadogradite. Ako imate problema i potrebna vam je
pomoć,
posjetite centar za pomoć usluge
YouTube<http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=1142412>
.

Hvala,
Tim usluge YouTube
 (c) 2011 YouTube, LLC

Do you think this is a scam?

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? tcpaulh 11/14/11 8:22 AM
Keeps asking for my date of birth when I try to contact support and simply wont let me get any further. I have two youtube accounts and cant unlink one as it's not eligible due to sign up date. I want the other one to be linked as it's the same ID as my google account.
 
What can I do if it wont let me contact support?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? DJMikiRia 11/14/11 2:35 PM
Why be linked at all?  Why can't a Youtube account be independant of an email account?   Is not the email address the account was originating from sufficient enough?    Why all the monitoring?   Is this a part of Googles effort to obtain information on everyone for intrests that are not entirely revealed?  No other video site does anything close to this.   Your email, your address, your credit card number, your first born ...
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? theCooler 11/14/11 3:13 PM
somehow confused, i try to find "upgrade" text in my account but not found,
after reading this thread "Upgrade" means : now google needs google/gmail account to access youtube (and link to it) not non-google account anymore,
and link to make it single sign on only from google account. The ID of google and youtube maybe different (i just realized that ID in youtube is called "Channel", confused with this), we got authenticated ticket from google and then use this to enter youtube without youtube password anymore.

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? DJMikiRia 11/14/11 10:29 PM
@ TheLadyFromUncle ,  May 2009 is when Youtube became CommercialTube.  February 17th 2010 is the date the Youtube Chatrooms were officially abandoned and taken down.  Since then I have noticed a gradual decline in overall site quality and performance.  The motto  "If it works, break it" was established.  I am in much favor of capitalism and free market but after so much commercialism of the site it begins to look like junk mail.  That more than anything, in my opinion, is what is making it slow to a crawl when other sites stream just fine on the same provider.  CommercialTube is its own demise.  If it were not such a once wonderful site I would not have cared to comment.
 
sincerely,
Miki Ria (Ria Radio FM 77.3 Fukuoka Japan)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? just a Mikey 11/15/11 3:56 AM
I guess youtube is going to act like geocities and delete everyones website, I see nothing wrong with my account, and DO NOT WANT IT LINKED TO MY EMAIL as I get too much spam everyday
 
Hi there theREALaMikey,
As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for a_mikey@yahoo.com but have=
n't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade yo=
ur account by clicking the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=3DtheREALaMikey&feature=3Dneup2>
Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same acc=
ount you use for all other Google sites.
Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 12, 20=
11 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need so=
me help, please visit the YouTube help center.
Thank you,
The YouTube Team
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? just a Mikey 11/15/11 4:07 AM
i JUST CHECK AND MY ACCOUNT IS LINK TO MY GMAIL ACCOUNT, MAYBE THE YOUTUBE TEAM SHOULD DO THEIR HOME WORK, BEFORE ACTING LIKE THE GEOCITIES TEAM
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? yipeeyahoey 11/15/11 4:59 AM
great.....another darn thing I have to keep track of. Why is it that nowadays you can't just sign up to a service without having to sign up to a million other things as well? I have a full 8x11 page of passwords taped to my desk just so I can keep track of all that stuff....this site wants you to link to that site, that site wants you to link to another, can't get the coupon unless you "like" them on Fcebook, etc., etc., etc.  Technology used to be fun but now its just a pain in the @$$.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Amoysing 11/15/11 5:15 AM
I think its shocking that Youtube are now forcing you to open an email address with google, there is only one reason i can see for this,  they want to gain more insight into our personal lives than they deserve.  I have seen blatent evidence of this, i recently had a conversation with a friend over Gmail which was obviously private, only to find that when i logged into youtube, the adverts surrounding the videos seemed to be tailored to the subject of my email.....obviously NOT a coincidence and NOT something i want at all and i am pretty sure that it is a breach of UK laws on data protection.  They claim that this is for security, but from who?  Surely by putting all your eggs in one basket it proves a bigger security risk for individuals
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? rivergrizzly 11/15/11 9:17 PM
@TheLadyFromUncle - the name which you blanked out with the "xxx" in the beginning- "Dear xxx,"?  THAT is the channel the email is about.

Copy that name, add it to www.youtube.com/ and see what the channel is.  DO you want it?  If so link it to a Google account before December 11th 2011.  If you don't want it then ignore the email.


=======

That doesn't work. I look at xxx, in my case "Hi There RiverGrizzly," and www.YouTube.com/RiverGrizzly is, indeed, my account that I want to keep. When I log on to that account the email at the top shows up as a gmail email that is also mine. But the Hi There email was sent to a different email account than my gmail account. When I try to create a channel called RiverGrizzly on my RiverGrizzly YouTube account it says the name is already used. I do NOT want my RiverGrizzly YouTube account erased but it appears there is no solution other than lose the moniker RiverGrizzly for all time in the great bit-bucket that is google.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? youtubeheadache 11/16/11 11:33 AM
you tube says i can't sign in until i create a google email account. And yet, i just used my username and password, and signed in. I looked at my account settings, clicked on email options, and my email on file is not a gmail account. So HOW am i still able to log in without a gmail account? And why am i getting the same e-mail as everyone else, and yet i can still sign in?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? meltab 11/16/11 8:33 PM
Hi I'm having a similar issue...

I suppose I made an account with the username: melissat27... However, I never posted any videos to it. 
I've later made an account titled meltab27. This account is almost EVERYTHING to me. I am new YouTube Partner and would be absolutely devistated if this account was deleted. 

I guess I made both accounts with the same hotmail address... because the e-mail I got (which usually has all of my meltab27 YouTube related e-mails sent to it) says....

Hi there melissat27,

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for ---my current email address-- but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

**a link***

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 14, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center.

Thank you,
The YouTube Team

*****

The thing is, my google account (blogger, gmail) is already linked to my meltab27 youtube account. And when I sign in as "melissat27" and click on "My Videos" all of my meltab27 videos appear...

Someone PLEASE help me. I'm so confused/nervous.


Thank you!!

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mxsmanic 11/17/11 1:31 AM
I am amazed to see so much discussion here without any mention of the fact that these upgrade e-mails are generally hoaxes. They are phishing e-mails that allow the bad guys to hack your YouTube account and/or install malware on your computer. If you click on the link, there's no telling what will happen. These e-mails do not come from YouTube, despite appearances.

In general, anything you need to do on YouTube can be done by typing the name of the YouTube site in your browser and visiting that way. You don't need to click on any links, and you should not click on links received in an e-mail, no matter how legitimate they look.

The only way to be sure that an e-mail is really from YouTube is to look carefully at the e-mail headers. Unfortunately, for that, you need an e-mail program that will actually show you all the headers, and you also need to be very familiar with the SMTP protocol used for Internet e-mail in order to know what to look for. If you can't see the headers, or you don't know how to analyze them, assume that e-mails of this kind are fraudulent, and do not click on any links. (You can visit the YouTube site if you really want to see if you need an "upgrade.")
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ichbinanon 11/17/11 2:48 AM
I already have linked by account http://www.youtube.com/user/cubancigar11 to my email address: ichbinanon AT THE RATE OF gmail .com

Yet I received this email (on Nov 15).

What to do?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mike89 11/17/11 11:29 AM
I keep getting this email (3rd time now) when my gmail account is already linked to youtube. Now I'm being threatening that my youtube account will be closed if I don't upgrade when I'm already upgraded. What's the deal?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mxsmanic 11/17/11 6:07 PM
@Mike89: You need to verify the headers (if possible) on the e-mail to make sure that it's really coming from YouTube.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ichbinanon 11/18/11 3:05 AM
@TheLadyFromUncle - This is a very old account I made when I was in Germany. Sorry, but I don't remember much german anymore.

I checked the headers and they appear fine to me.

Here is the email:

Hi there ichbinanon,

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for ichbinanonXgmail.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=ichbinanon&feature=neup2>

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 12, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? prasi82 11/18/11 5:06 AM
why do you ask everybody to link. can't you automatically detect if some one has already linked to gmail. If so stop sending those upgrade emails. About channels why you want to delete them. link them to currently linked gmail id.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? SingingKate 11/18/11 6:53 AM
@TheLadyFromUncle,
  I think you were once accused of not reading other's posts because you're replying with the same info when people are asking different questions.  I think everyone pretty much understands that the account/channel in question is their YouTube account/channel.  That's not what they're asking.  What I'm seeing most people saying is that they already have the YouTube account/channel linked to their Google account.  They assume this because they are able to sign in to their YouTube account/channel with their Gmail name and password.  Is that assumption accurate?  
 
I will add that I got the same e-mail several times (which is why I'm here, of course).  I immediately went to YouTube (NOT using the link in the e-mail, in case it is a phishing scam) and signed in using my Gmail screen name and password.  For the record, my YouTube user name is different from my Gmail user name, and that YouTube name was correct in the e-mail I received.  I am still suspicious of the e-mail, though, because, as I've said and many others have said already, I can ALREADY SIGN IN TO YOUTUBE using that information.  Does that mean those accounts are linked already or not?  If my YouTube account gets deleted because of this I will be very unhappy.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? dnleaf2 11/18/11 9:25 AM
Level 1
12:20 PM
TheLadyFromUncle wrote:
<<<,Ignore the Google account, ignore any YouTube channel not mentioned in the email.  Concentrate ONLY on the name in the address/greeting.<<<

Guys, this is a key information for all this thread. Check your user's name (channel) in question, using the link

http://www.youtube.com/[insert username in question]

You might be surprise a lot like I was when I've found my old never used account created in 2007. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? SingingKate 11/18/11 2:13 PM
@Lady,
  I DON'T know the answer.  THAT is why I have asked.  Let me phrase this more simply for you or anyone else who might be able to answer is without the attitude.  If I can sign in to the YouTube account listed in the e-mail, the "Hi there username", using my Gmail screen name and password, does that mean the accounts are linked?  That is all I'm asking, and it looks like that's what other people are asking, too.  And I don't think anyone has addressed yet what the difference is between a YouTube "channel" and a YouTube "account". 

And, for the record, I've read every question and every answer in this thread because I have the same questions others have.  And those questions have not been answered to my understanding.  I'm sorry you feel so put upon and that, obviously, no one understands your answers because they don't read them carefully enough.  Obviously the problem is with everyone here except you . . . .
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? SingingKate 11/18/11 2:25 PM
You're damn right I have an attitude.  You're basically calling everyone stupid because they don't "understand" what you're saying and have no reading comprehension.  I understand what you're writing.  It just isn't answering my question.  And it won't answer my question no matter how many times you repeat it.  I'll look elsewhere for the information, and frankly, my dear, you can kiss my ass.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? SingingKate 11/18/11 2:27 PM
And as for that "accusation", I was referring to someone up the thread who told you to read the posts and not just copy and paste the same answers.  I was referring to their accusation that you weren't reading the questions.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ToyCarJunior 11/19/11 5:39 AM
Hi, kinda new to this forum, I have received the same email from the so called 'yt staff'. I did the usual safety rule of analyzing the authenticity(but i'm no internet wiz) but everything was somewhat convincing, even the location address at the footer. I clicked the link, went through retyping my current google account, but for some reason it's asking me to make another account. I got somewhat suspicious, thus I was here looking at this forum. I got extremely worried that OP said the email was a scam, and then I came to a thought, why would youtube staff send me an email when they could've send it to my google email? My mind's still conflicting about this...

What's weird is most of the replies say the emails they received greeted them with "Hi there insertytusername". What i got instead was "Hi instertusername". I'm really worried because I'm not planning to open any other youtube accounts as I prefer latching onto one account.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ToyCarJunior 11/19/11 6:51 AM
I'm confused about those steps. See, the email was sent to my main hotmail account that i used to signed in back then (somewhere in 2007), where it should've sent stuff to my gmail (then again it's sending me an incomplete regristration notification). The email I received has the greeting with my exact username i used for youtube, to which I only have one. Though I tried your steps using my hotmail email but can't sign in (well cause it's hotmail aha).
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ToyCarJunior 11/19/11 6:57 AM
And my youtube account's long linked to gmail but it's asking me again to repeat the process or something
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ToyCarJunior 11/19/11 7:57 AM
Ah I finally noticed it. My username's numbers was misarranged but I didnt notice it. i tried putting the username at the end and i found out it's a different channel.

But I already tried entering my gmail's account password(but after a suspicion i immediately changed it) and email. Will my gmail be affected?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ToyCarJunior 11/19/11 7:59 AM
strangely the fake channel or something was made waay earlier than my first account lol
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Jaime211623 11/19/11 8:12 AM
take the [username] from "Hi [username]" and add it to the end of www.youtube.com/ in the URL bar of your browser.  It will take you to the channel in question.

@TheLadyFromUncle, that is EXACTLY what the problem is/was.  Youtube created an account based on my [username] when I signed up for the email account from gmail.  I had no knowledge of that youtube account and have NEVER used it.  Once I read your post, I check what the [username] in the email was and it was from my email account, not the youtube account I had set up at a later date.  I think that may be what is confusing everyone.  

My youtube account user name is NOT the same as my email address.  Everyone, please look at what username is being used in the greeting of Hi ______, that is the "username" that youtube is looking to confirm a connection to.  In my case the [username] was my email address, the part before the @gmail.com.  It had nothing to do with the youtube account I set up with a different username.  I did not know that youtube automatically set up an account using my email address as the user name!  If your youtube account has a different username than your gmail email address, you are fine.  

Hope that helps clarify :)  I was very confused!!!!


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? peopledrivemecrazy 11/19/11 8:34 AM
Hello, I need a great help from you, I got the same email, and i know very well i used a gmail account to signup and signin and i do have a username associated to it and moreover in my google account settings youtube is already linked, WHY DID I GET THIS EMAIL!!!
"As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for myma...@gmail.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:" and a link which is pointing to some other username
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Strathcona Bees 11/19/11 4:27 PM
Google is taking over the world and they would kindly like your assistance in doing so.  Your cooperation is much appreciated.  Our sincere thanks.  Big Brother (Orwellian profecy)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Coincident 11/19/11 4:27 PM
What the ... ?

I've linked my Youtube to my Google account YEARS ago, and I ALWAYS use Google to login into Youtube, EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Why am I being threatened with account deletion?

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheIowaGoatsinger 11/20/11 10:06 PM
This was sent to my google account email.  I'm confused as to how this isn't upgraded.  Once I sign in to my google account I can then access youtube.  What's left that I need to finish?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? tonyfrost 11/21/11 3:21 AM
utube gonna screw up come Dec - muppets!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? FiletPost 11/21/11 7:03 AM
Okay...to be clear. the reason why I received this email is because someone is using an old email account from a person who no longer works for my company. This scammer is trying to use our old email address to verify an account. I think they are hoping we'll just hit "verify" and get back to work in the same way a person rings twenty buzzers in an apartment building and someone just lets them it. This is their second attempt. The scammer's name is "Phooey55". I'm trying to alert YouTube to this because they do not have authorization to use our old email address and they as a YouTube account holder should be blocked (IMHO).

Over to you Youtube.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? FiletPost 11/21/11 7:07 AM
One last thought...it would be helpful if when we receive these kind o confirmation of accounts that there was an option other than "ignore". An option like "report as spam" (like Facebook or Flickr has) to help filter out any kind of scammers attempting to hijack emails or accounts.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/21/11 7:18 AM
@FiletPost- no, that is incorrect.  It is not an email generated by anything an user is doing.

This is because Google can see that that YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/Phooey55) has not been linked to a Google account.  

If you do not want the channel, ignore the email.

If you do want the channel then link it.

Because ONLY the person with the email address (in this case you) can link it and can have access to the channel.  Even though some poor user made a typo back in 2008 and had hoped to use it for themselves.

Because they CANNOT have access, therefore they are not "hoping" you verify it.  Because it is, for all intents and purposes, the channel belonging to the owner of the email address.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheIowaGoatsinger 11/21/11 7:30 AM
@ TheLadyFromUncle - I don't know the steps involved -- the specific navigation to link.  I don't mean to be thick, I simply do not understand HOW to link the youtube to my google account.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/21/11 8:34 AM
@TheIowaGoatsinger-  You are not thick, honest!  It is a minefield.  Mostly because users get these messages sent to email addresses which are already Google accounts associated with newer/different YouTubes and it seems that they are referring to these YouTubes when they are not.

OK- if you want that channel mentioned in "Hi there [username]" you will need to do this:

1.  Prepare a Google account with an email address which are not in use by any YouTube channel in advance,
2.  Copy the username in that email from Google, represented by "[username]" in my example "Hi there [username]",
3.  Log OUT of Google (do so either at www.youtube.com or at www.google.com),
4.  Go to www.youtube.com,
5.  Click "sign in" and enter the copied [username] in the username field along with the password used originally.

(Note:  if the password is not known to you use the "can't access your account?" link below the sign in box and enter the [username] in the username field and on the next page enter the email address which received the message from Google.  Receive the reset password email and click the link to reset.)

6.  On the following page you will see two boxes- on the left the YouTube [username] for linking etc and on the right the field for the Google account information (this may be pre-filled but is the field where you add the info for the Google account you prepared in 1.)- enter the Google account username and password to verify that you have access to that Google account and link.

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Planning Council 11/21/11 10:14 AM
Hi - This thread has been helpful, but here's my quandary:  I think I understand what to do to "link" my You Tube account to my Google Account, in fact, I think I just did it.  But there seems to be no verification that I have done it correctly.  How do I know if I have accomplished this "link"?  I do not want my You Tube channel to disappear next week. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Bill - w 11/22/11 2:00 PM
I have no idea how to upgrade my account. I checked the status and all reads fine:
Account Status: Community Guidelines
Your account is in good standing.
Account Status

Copyright Strikes: Your account is in good standing.

Content ID Claims: Your account is in good standing.

Change Password
You signed in via Google, so you should click here to change your password.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mobil3Targ3t 11/22/11 2:16 PM
I received the same message. One thing I noted was that the greeting 'Hi "username"' was REALmobiletarget and not my actual username. I noticed in some of the replies that other people mentioned the inclusion of "REAL" in the username. I would recommend ignoring anything it tells you to do at this point unless you want the "REALusername" account linked instead of the actual account you likely already have been using.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? mstrinado 11/22/11 4:13 PM
What a screwed up mess this is...wondering if it all boils down to what someone here mentioned about the powers that be just wanting to delete a lot of our accounts; my account is also already linked to a google account, yet I received this cryptic message, too. Have read elsewhere that when someone actually goes through this purported process, that their present account is automatically deleted--yeah, great--what a catch 22!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/22/11 4:45 PM
@mstrinado- it doesn't delete anything.  It requests that you link a non-linked YouTube channel from before May 2009 to a Google account.  IF you want it.  I have done it for two accounts already and it does EXACTLY what it says it does.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? mstrinado 11/22/11 9:17 PM
Hi,

Thank-you for the clarification; I did some back logging and I did sign up a few years back to review someone's YouTube site. I did create a new account this year, so hopefully this will affect only that former account back in '08--I plan on doing nothing, then. Your post here has really cleared up a lot of confusion--especially with your inclusion of "before May 2009"--the email sent to me mentioned nothing about that, so you've cleared up a lot of anxiety.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Kitty8Tim 11/22/11 11:44 PM
The email I received had my username WRONG! My username is Kitty8Tim and the email had me linking to Tim8Kitty!!!! This got me thinking it was a scam?

What should I do? I think my account is already linked to Google anyway. But how can I check?

I logged into Google analytics and accessed my YouTube account from there. Does that mean my account is safe from being deleted?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Jvzuijlen 11/23/11 1:58 AM
Google/youtube, do something about your writing skills... i genuinely thought this was spam email... besides that, i couldnt even create my youtube channel 2 years ago without using a gmail-address so why the hell did i get this stupid email at all?!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Jvzuijlen 11/23/11 2:07 AM
Actually... it is spam. it's on a different youtube accountname than the one i use... sigh.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? shadowrings 11/23/11 8:44 AM
Liz,
 
I have one youtube account.  No more.  No less.  I have never had more than that singular youtube account.
 
It was linked along time ago to my gmail account.
 
Now I am receiving multiple "As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for _______...@hotmail.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=                        &feature=neup2>

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 20, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center."

 

If I go through all of your log out of everything, and resend password for original email guess where the password reset sends me too?  My already linked gmail account...

This has become a massive nuisance in the affected email inbox.  If it wasn't for the RMA addressing in the message source I'd suspect spam but its real.  Come on folks this has gotten old along time ago......

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/23/11 10:02 AM
@shadowrings-  the channel in question is the one you have removed from the body of the email you received.

No other channel at all.  Nor any Google account, Gmail or otherwise.

This is about the [username] in "Hi there [username]," which is also mentioned as part of the link just after "..signin?username=" which you also removed.

If you don't want the channel you can ignore the email, yes.

If you want it, after checking it out, then link it.

Yes, resetting its password WILL send the reset to your email.  It is, after all, that YouTube channel's email address (which is WHY you got the upgrade reminders sent there).  Also your Gmail is not an "already linked gmail account"- It IS the Google account.  It is only not-linked legacy YouTube channels which this concerns.

It might be a nuisance to you, who doesn't want that channel about to be deleted, but it is certainly not "old along time ago" or a "nuisance" to others who DO want to keep these channels and didn't realise that they WERE not-linked.  One user thought her legacy YouTube WAS linked (she had linked it herself) only to find that she had also unlinked it some weeks earlier and hadn't logged in since then, therefore not realising that it was at risk.  Had she not received the email she'd have lost it!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheRedneckAtheist 11/23/11 8:01 PM
I better not get any email sent to this hijacked.... oops,  I mean "linked" account NOT related to support issues. FFS! we were already FORCED to link youtube and gmail accounts and now we're being FORCED to link another account outside of the evil empire!

Hey google, here's a hint: People hate high-handed bullshit, STOP DOING IT!

When I signed up for gmail my intention was to use it as my main web based email and use my hotmail account as a spam catcher used for questionable websites, I think now I will reverse that order. 

And before anybody posts a "you're not being forced to do anything, you have a choice" response, BULLSHIT. Being forced to link accounts or have your youtube account deleted is not a choice, if there was a third option to not link accounts and not have your youtube account deleted then you could call this a choice between options.

C’est des conneries!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? tkdsoulkat 11/24/11 4:32 PM
I got the email but the user name in it was not mine, yet the link took me to my account which is google linked and has been for a wile now. I don't want to loose my many videos. Help Please!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/24/11 4:37 PM
@tkdsoulkat- the link only takes you to the sign in page at YouTube.  So if you are already logged into your Google account with your other YouTube on it then of course you will end up seeing that.  Log out of the Google account you are in before you click the link.  And only click it if you actually WANT that channel.  ;)  Otherwise ignore it.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mxsmanic 11/24/11 8:31 PM
Do not click on the link. Always sign into YouTube separately with your browser. If the e-mail is a hoax (a phishing exploit, for example), and you click on the link, you may infect your computer with a virus, or you may have your account hacked.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? sekrup 11/25/11 9:23 PM
I received the same email and only after a while that it's talking about a different channel (that I created very long time ago but never used). Going to www.youtube.com/[username] helps.

In my case, I don't want the channel anymore so I don't have to do anything.

What caused my confusion initially was the [username] was EXACTLY the same as I use in my Google account (e.g. the [username] is "abcde", and I happen to have a Google Account "ab...@gmail.com", which is already linked to another channel)

When I go to youtube.com and try to log in, it asked Google login OR YouTube login; however when I typed "abcde" it automatically assumed that I'm logging in into my "ab...@gmail.com" instead of trying to log in into the old YouTube id "abcde".

I don't require answer in my case (because I don't need the channel anyways), but I can see this may be a problem to some people.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Dreaa227 11/25/11 10:19 PM
IM ALREADY LINKED BUT IM STILL GETTING EMAILS TELLING ME, MY YOUTUBE IS GOING TO BE DELETED IF IT DOESNT GET LINKED !

SOMEONE HELP !
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MaryEllenCG 11/26/11 12:40 AM
I log into YouTube with my Google account every time, too, and I'm still getting these emails... I don't know what I'm supposed to do to fix the issue!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? hannodb 11/26/11 2:53 AM
Just raising my flag here,as I've received this email TWICE now. 

1) YES my youtube account it linked to my Google account - at least as far as I can determine. I use the same username and password for both gmail and youtube, and if I sign in or out in Gmail, then it automatically also sign me in or out from Youtube.

2) NO, it is not a phishing email. The mail was from nor...@youtube.com. I SIGNED OUT of my Youtube account, and clicked on the link in the email, and the link signed me back in again, no password required. It would be terribly stupid for them to be sending me phishing emails, when they already have my login credentials.

3) The email is not very helpful. It just say "you created a YouTube account for XXXX but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link above." Once I click on the link, I have no clue where to go from there. One would expect with a threat like that, youtube will add a big fat link on your account somewhere, saying "CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR ACCOUNT" taking you to a page with clear instructions what to do... or something!

4) Yes, I'm going to be seriously upset if the 10th of December comes along, and I can no longer sign into my account. 

From the looks of it, youtube might have a bug in their automatic email software, because I'm clearly not the only person with a linked account that got this mail. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/26/11 3:25 AM
@hannodb- If the YouTube channel mentioned in the email were linked you'd not have received the email.  Simple as.

Ignore the email address mentioned.  It is where most people go wrong, thinking it is important.

ONLY look at how the email starts:  "Hi there [username],"  This [username] is the ONLY important information to note just now.

1.    Copy that [username].
2.    Paste to the end of www.youtube.com/ and see the channel.
3a.  If you dont want it- you have nothing to worry about.  It is the only channel being addressed in that email.
3b.  If you do want it- log out of Google, go to www.youtube.com and sign in with [username] (resetting the password for it with the message receiving email if required).  Now link it to a Google account by the 10th of December.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Uppsetman 11/26/11 5:18 AM
HELP! :(
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? genzku20 11/26/11 7:41 AM
this is not only a phishing scheme but something more sinister.

I did this and it changed all yes ALL of my descriptions of another youtube account to a russian porn site

I'm now in the process of redoing all my descriptions on that account.

another fear is that if you have passwords on your computer it will also grab those.

this was ingenious but nasty how this hack was done.

I'm still pissed though
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Gianni Rome 11/26/11 7:54 AM
I'm already linked to a Google account? So, what do I have to do? Why did I get this email saying my account will be terminated on Dec 9th? I don't even remember my old log-in before I had a Google account.
Thanks
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/26/11 8:31 AM
@genzku20- no it is not.  The nasty phishing email you received is not the same as Google have described in their OP here.

Lesson in this:  NEVER EVER click on a link.  ALWAYS go to the site and do it manually.

@Gianni Rome- the channel that the email is about is NOT linked to a Google account.  If it were, you'd not have received it.  The "log-in" you cannot remember is the one in the opener of the email you received:  "Hi there [username]"
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? JensEmailing 11/26/11 4:57 PM
To TheLadyFromUncle...I've found your posts really helpful.  Thank you for taking the time to answer all these posts.

Just to clarify one more time, just in case:  I received the email to upgrade my account.  It came to my gmail address and did not say "Hi There [user name]," but the link did have the beginning of my old email address within it, and when I went in the way you suggested, by going to www.youtube.com/[that name], an empty account created and last used in 2006 did pop up.  So clearly I don't care about it and have no desire to upgrade it.  I just want to be absolutely sure that my current You Tube account (the one that I use and that is truly linked to my gmail address) is not going to be impacted in any way on December 9th.  Is it?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/26/11 5:22 PM
@JensEmailing- only the named channel is referred to in that email, yes.  It does not affect any legacy (pre-May 2009) YouTube which is actively linked to a Google account.  It doesn't affect ANY post-May 2009 YouTube channel at all.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Colgatem 11/26/11 8:29 PM
I already have my account link to my Google account. Why do I continue to receive the message about my account not being linked?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? mscat 11/26/11 8:41 PM
I got this email too and I am hoping mxsmanic is right and that this is a hoax because I want to keep my account and my 80 videos I've worked so hard on putting up there to share with my friends and family around the world. I did click on the link and nothing happened on my end but I quickly changed my password on youtube just in case. So..if any of you did click on the link...I suggest you change your passwords too before any hackers get hold of your account. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Don H2 11/27/11 1:08 AM
This is so screwed.
Apparently I opened a youtube account back in 2006 using a domain-name I own as the domain of the email address.
 
On November 12 and 26th (this year) I have gotten the
"YouTube account for [me@my-domain-name] will be deleted on 10 Dec 2011 if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account" message ...
 
...  One of them specifying my domain-name address, the other specifying my actual true GMAIL address --- but both addressed to me at my domain-name address ... and whichever one I click (to link it to an account) I am told I am "already signed in and must sign-out first"
 
When I tried to do a password-reset on the Domain-Name account, it changed my GMAIL/GOOGLE password!!!!
 
Yet it insists my account (by BOTH names) will be deleted on December 10 2011 unless I link it/them to my gmail account, and both of the names (only 1 account under 2 names, I suspect) ARE already linked to my gmail account ... but I am not permitted to make any change except to change my Google password, despite YouTube insists it is NOT connected to any Gmail account.
 
--- I would be perfectly happy if the original which was opened with my private domain-name just went away, so long as my gmail-named account (which is probably one-and-the-same) does not go away.
 
I would appreciate if a googletech would contact me to arrange removal of the Domain-Name from the YouTube account withOUT destroying the account, which is apparently scheduled for December 10 deletion, and I can do nothing to avoid.
 
Repeat: My YouTube account *IS* linked to my gmail account, but so is the same YouTube-account via a domain-name email-address,... so Google is wrongly concluding that neither (although they are the same account) is/are linked to my actual gmail/email address.
 
 
 
endend
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/27/11 2:56 AM
@Colgatem-  Why?  Because the YouTube channel named in the email is not linked to a Google account.  If you dont want that channel ignore the email.  If you do- link it.

@mscat-  It is NOT a hoax as you can see from the very fact that you are IN an OFFICIAL post about the matter.  The channel which is mentioned in the email you received is not yet linked to a Google account.  If this is the channel you have your videos on then you will have to link it to a Google account before the deadline.  If the YouTube with the videos is not the one mentioned in the email then it is NOT affected by that email.  Only the named channel is.

@Don H2- the email is about a YouTube channel.  It is not about a Gmail email address.  Your problem is that you have an old channel scheduled for deletion unless you link which shares its name with your Gmail email address (at least the bit before @gmail .com) and you might be getting worried that this is about the Gmail.  Again- the only channel (not Google account, Gmail or otherwise) which is affected is the one mentioned, none other whether using the same email address or not.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? haider5555 11/27/11 5:03 AM
if i dnt upgrade this fake account 
YouTube will delete it

.....will they also delete my actual account already connected to google and all ok...
because they say ....they will delete account referring to my email id?????
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/27/11 5:26 AM
@haider5555- it is not a "fake" account.  It is a YouTube made before May 2009 using your email address, either by you or by accident by another party.  It is the only YouTube channel affected by that email.  Ergo- if your "actual" channel is not named then it is not affected.  It is not about an email address and it is not about a Google account.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? anthonyc.adams 11/27/11 7:41 AM
Why am I getting a "YouTube Account Upgrade Final Reminder" email, when, according to to both YouTube and Google my accounts are already linked.  And before someone tells me I'm wrong I know I'm not because I use my Google credentials to sign in to YouTube.  If I sign out of my Google Accounts it signs me out of YouTube.  Any one have any ideas?  Because the only thing I can think of is that I got the first message right after I got an Android based phone.  Help!!  I don't want to lose my YouTube account.

Anthony
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? maverickrx8 11/27/11 12:31 PM
I had my account linked to Google the day they changed the login process and I'm getting this e-mail to? Someone better fix this and if I get my account deleted because of some stupid user error on their end I will raise holy hell.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? zcharlso 11/27/11 8:07 PM
I've been getting these emails too, but to a username one character off of mine.  From reading this post, it sounds like somebody created a standalone youtube account years ago using my gmail address.  My actual account has been linked to this same gmail address since I created it a year or two ago.  I was worried that my real account would be deleted since it is linked to the same email address as this other old account that does not belong to me, but it sounds like if I just ignore it, the old youtube account that does not belong to me will just disappear.  

If I'm wrong, somebody please correct me, but I'm planning on ignoring this.  
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/28/11 1:27 AM
Though the OP ^ does answer all points it is clearly confusing for us as we keep overlooking the only relevant information- the channel this concerns.  So-

Ignore the Google account/email address mentioned in the email.

The ONLY YouTube channel affected is named in the address/greeting of the email you received, represented by [username] in this example (note that it appears TWICE):

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Hi there [username],

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for [not important email here] but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

http:// www. youtube .com/signin?username=[username]&feature=neup2>

(etc etc)"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Copy [username] and add to the end of www.youtube.com/ if you are not sure of the channel.

Now having noted what [username] (ie channel) the email refers to do one of two things:

1.  If you don't want that YouTube- ignore the email (it, nothing else, will be deleted by Google mid-December), or- 

2.  If you do want that YouTube- link it to a Google account in order to "upgrade" it (as it has NOT yet been linked to a Google account).  NOTE:  to do so you must first log out of Google.  Then go to www.youtube.com and sign in with [username], resetting the password if required, and link to a Google account.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? rupert123 11/28/11 2:37 AM
Hello LadyfromUncle: 
A friend of mine has following problem: He got the same mail and has used the link.
But after that he was logged in with his gmail address, which is not the same he used once a time to register his Yt account.
And not only that, after using this link he comes to an completely different channel with a different username (but with the same password).
In this channel is nothing, neither his videos, nor his his stored data, it seems to be a complet new channel.
What is, if he changes the old email adress to his gmail-adress in this account, will he probably gets back his old channel by doing this?


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/28/11 9:34 AM
@missragsdale- yes, if you are already logged into the YouTube which is linked to your Google account you will always arrive at YouTube logged into it.  You must log out of Google and log in with the username mentioned in the greeting [username] in "Hi there [username]," and in the link immediately after "...signin?username=" if you want to link that YouTube channel.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/28/11 9:40 AM
@rupert123- that is certainly a convoluted situation.  Unfortunately, without knowing the set up and the steps taken I cannot really unravel it.

All I can suggest he does is to log into his Gmail and change its password to something VERY different from anything he has.  He should also take a note of it and then also take a note, in Account settings of any extra email addresses listed.  Then he should go into Dashboard for that Gmail and take a note of the YouTube channel named therein.  Then he should log out, now knowing and having recorded all the pertinent data for that Gmail Google account.

Next- go to www.youtube.com and log into the YouTube channel mentioned IN the link directly.   NOT pressing the link.  Just copying the username which appears right after "...signin?username="  This ensures that he gets into the YouTube channel the email was about.

As for any he may have his videos on- logging into it ought to be possible with simple the YouTube username and its own password (ie its Google's password).
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? rupert123 11/28/11 10:01 AM
Thanks a lot for your efforts, Lady. I try to explain him and I hope it works. I made him also the suggestion to fill in this form about problems with logging in into Yt/Google accounts, if nothing else works. Cheers
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? floatie 11/28/11 4:49 PM
They have no need for your Google sign in information.
This is just insane.
Go ahead and delete all our accounts.
How foolish can you get  ????????????????????????????????
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Nick Mon 11/28/11 5:53 PM
I've spent several frustrated hours trying to find a solution to this problem.
I presume my account will be deleted in December and there doesn't appear to be any thing I can do about it. My you tube account says it is permanently linked to a google account. To what it is linked I don't know but it's not linked to the google account that I do use. When I created my You tube account I didn't use my gmail address. I'd be perfectly happy to link it to my real google account but there's really is no way of doing it.
My account was created this year.
My username is jaggerbog1989
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ●Douglas● 11/28/11 6:10 PM
Hello TheLadyFromUncle

Two things I'd like esclarecece.

1 These emails are actually real.
2 Who would not confirm the e-mail account will be deleted?
3 If I did not confirm the e-mail before December I'll have more access to Youtube?

Embrace.
I await an urgent response.

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CaptRobLee 11/28/11 6:13 PM
I think part of the confusion is before Google, you could have more than one legacy YouTube account on the same email. Today, most everyone knows each YouTube is attached to one Google account which is linked to a unique email address.

I received the email delete message sometime back and panicked like everyone. The first thing I noticed was my email address. Then I noticed the username was different. I created an account way back in May of 2007 that I completely forgot about. I don't even remember why I created it? 

The point: You can (could) have multiple legacy accounts on a single email address. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CaptRobLee 11/28/11 6:16 PM
Douglas, the emails are real. See the attached image.

And yes, if you do not link (attach) these old legacy YouTube accounts to a Google account then will definitely be deleted. 


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? mj0775 11/28/11 6:55 PM
I would say it is a hoax, and I am a victim. Got the email regarding the upgrade of an old account, or they will delete it. I opened that account years ago and posted no content. But silly me clicked on the link and it required me to type in a password. Mind you, I only guessed here 'coz I cannot even remember what password I used then. What happened next is I was directed to a youtube account with a foreign email address: sasag...@bol.com.br

I am trying to delete it but the manage account page has no option for deleting the account (I can see that option in my new youtube account).

My fear now is I have no idea what impact this has on my privacy. I know it uses a different email address with the password I supplied. I changed the password but I think this is useless as that user can retrieve it through his email address. I am just glad that the password I used for that was an old one which I do not use in any of my accounts now.

If anyone from Youtube is reading this, please delete that account. I am sorry for being so stupid to click on the link but the email looked so legit. Thank you.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? toiosoiovoio 11/29/11 2:40 AM
Why isn't there a simply answer from you tube team like this is because this and this, and to linked you need to do this and this steps ? This is such a mess that you might as well delete the account.

TELL US HOW TO LINK IT !!!! How hard can it be !
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Rochelle B 11/29/11 7:16 AM
I keep getting this email but my youtube account is ALREADY LINKED to my google account.  I click the link in the email, it takes me to the page to link my accounts, I fill out the info, do the captcha and then get a message telling me the accounts are already linked....so what is the issue?  If its already linked why is Youtube (and yes they are legit emails from Youtube) sending me notices to upgrade my account?  What more am I supposed to do?  I go to my Google Account and Youtube is listed as product, I sign in w/my Google Account, the link page says my account is already linked....why am I getting this email if the accounts are already linked?  I'm super frustrated and ready to just say forget and let whatever happens on Dec. 13 happen because I honestly have no idea what Youtube is talking about or what else I can do .


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Mxsmanic 11/29/11 7:20 AM
If you are getting the e-mail again and again and your account is already linked, the e-mail may be a phishing attempt (fraudulent). Don't ever click on the link. Although it's probably too late now.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Nick Mon 11/29/11 7:37 AM
@Nick Mon- read what has been repeated on each and every thread where JDoors and the other TCs and I have posted about this:  This is about a YouTube channel which is named in the greeting ("Hi there [username],") and again in the link itself (immediately after "...username=").  It is not about any other YouTube channel.  ESPECIALLY not a Google linked one from after May 2009.

Thanks for the above reply, I am now reassured that the YouTube account I use will not be deleted. However, I am surprised you think it was so simple.

You realise that because I am always signed into YouTube that the link you provided in the email takes me directly into my usual youtube account. Don't you think that I would therefore assume this is the relevant account especially as I was unaware that I had any other accounts. The username in the email was my correct email address.

Furthermore isn't the whole point of all this to get people's YouTube accounts linked to their correct Google accounts. Well mine is not linked to my real google account. It must be linked to a google account that was created by YouTube when I set it up and there doesn't appear to be any way to correct that.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Nick Mon 11/29/11 8:51 AM
But I was not logged into a Google account, I very rarely am. I was logged into a YouTube account which I didn't even know was anything to do with Google.
I didn't misread anything! The mistake is clearly in the email, there is nothing to tell you to log out of YouTube and Google before clicking that link. I should not have to read all the posts in this help forum understand what is going on.
By the way, the email also state 'Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites'. Well that remains untrue in my case. Stupid of me to assume that that may be something I was supposed to achieve with my account.


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/29/11 9:13 AM
@Nick Mon- Being logged into a YouTube channel IS being logged into a Google account.  All YouTube channels are services on a Google account.  Log out of the Google account the YouTube channel relies on and you are logged out of YouTube.  Log into YouTube and you ARE logged into its Google account.  Which is WHY you only have to log out of the Google account in order to also be logged out of YouTube.  So just because you don't appreciate that being logged into a YouTube IS being logged into a Google account it is still thus.

The link will tell you that you must first log out of the YouTube channel/Google account you are logged into at the time of clicking the link so no, you don't HAVE to read any forum posts.  Users only have to do that when they cannot work it out despite the information which they encounter.

You stated that I make assumptions.  You misread.  Because I do not.

And yes, once you link the channel in question to a Google account you will be able to log into that YouTube channel with the Google account log in, just as you would if you were logging into Picasa, Blogger etc with it.  It is, therefore, not untrue- it is quite, quite correct.

You are not meant to "achieve something" with your "account".  You are meant to decide if you want the YouTube channel (not a Google account) mentioned in the email or not, and if so- to link it to a Google account.

So- do you want the channel mentioned in the email or not?  Because if not you really don't need to concern yourself with this thread.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Nick Mon 11/29/11 10:14 AM
@LadyFromUnkle - There really is nothing personal. I came here to get help from YouTube and you replied. Thanks. But I did not state that you make assumptions, I just didn't.
I am detailing my experience because there are clearly many others that are having difficulties and it may help the support staff to understand the issues we are having, and well, that's just how help forums work.
For example you have now told me 'The link will tell you that you must first log out of the YouTube channel/Google account you are logged into at the time of clicking the link so no, you don't HAVE to read any forum posts'.
Please understand that this does not happen. If I am already logged into YouTube then the link takes me straight into my YouTube channel as normal. It does not tell me that I must now log out of it. I suspect many users are probably concerned about the wrong channels because of this. Like me they probably don't know that they had more than one channel.

Many thanks, I shall now unconcern myself with this thread.  
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? ●Douglas● 11/29/11 11:05 AM
thanks
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/29/11 12:25 PM
@Nick Mon- you addressed me directly, quoting from my response and asked direct questions.  If that is not addressing someone "personally" I really don't know what is.  You tell me what I think, what I should think and what is true and untrue.  I never said I thought it was simple.  I don't make such an assumption.

Having done this myself on three accounts and having walked hundreds of users through this I can vouch for the fact that if one is logged into a Google account which has a YouTube channel associated with it and which is NOT the one the emailed link refers to one will be told that one must first log out in order to be able to log into the YouTube channel for linking.  If this is not the case for you then that is something I cannot explain.  But "please understand" that you speak for yourself and not for the rest of us  :)  Since you don't appear to have an issue with your legacy channel it is perhaps not a bad thing to unconcern yourself from the thread.  There are many people who do have issues and this exchange is pointless.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? gutsandgears 11/29/11 9:24 PM
I got the same problem toooo..  

my youtube account is already linked to my gmail and I use the same credentials for gmail and youtube..
yet i am receiving these emails and am not able to do the mentioned "upgrade"
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? stayingaliveuk 11/30/11 3:44 AM
Hi Liz and everyone, I am getting exactly the same email and when I click through the link and log-in with the username, it logs me into my current account, which is linked with my google email account.  I am also being told that my youtube account will be deleted on the 13th December.  This means my existing account, which is correctly linked will be deleted, which is quite worrying.  I hope this will get sorted as soon as possible.  It's some consolation that I am not the only one.

Many thanks and kind regards
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 11/30/11 4:28 AM
@stayingaliveuk- if you are logged into YouTube at the point of clicking the link you WILL just end up in your channel.  You must log out of YouTube before clicking the link (if you believe it is safe) or, better still, copy the username which appears twice in upgrade reminder and paste it directly into the username field on the Sign In page.

The channel affected is ONLY the one named in the greeting "Hi there [username]," and again in the link itself following "...username="

Unless you "sort it out" yourself it will not be sorted out and no- it is no consolation that others are getting these too if you end up losing a channel you had forgotten about but would like to have kept.  ;)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Broccoli 11/30/11 9:32 PM
Dear all,

I am also gettinh these emails and it looks to me that my youtube is linked to google. However, in these emails there is NO "hi there xxx", so my channel name is not written, they just start with "The YouTube account for *******@gmail.com will be deleted on Dec 14, 2011 if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account:..." If I click on the link, I will end up with my correct youtube account, so that's why I don't think it is a scam but I am not sure anymore.

What should I do? I do not want account deleted.

thanks.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Feva26 12/1/11 12:09 AM
So how do I link my new gmail account to my old youtube channel? I went to their instructions and they don't work!!! I don't want my videos deleted because they aren't linked to a gmail account!! I cant change the email address for some reason, it won't let me link them!!  You can't even contact these people, can someone help me?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/1/11 3:31 AM
@Broccoli-  Yes, it would seem that Google have lost the plot and have neglected to keep the same form in their upgrade reminders as in their original upgrade notifications by DROPPING the GREETING completely.  Duh!  NOT smart.

The channel the upgrade is for is now ONLY named within the link you clicked.  It is RIGHT after the bit just after the middle called "...username=" and before the "&".  ;)

1.  Copy the name in the link (after "...username=") and paste it to the URL bar of your browser behind www.youtube.com/ to see what channel it is about.

2.  If you want that channel first log OUT of your current YouTube (because you cannot sign in as another channel owner until you do, which is why the link didn't "work" for you).

3.  Paste that name in the link into Username, sign in (resetting the password if necessary) and-

4.  Link when prompted.

And if you don't want it- ignore the reminders!  They will stop in a couple of weeks when the channel is deleted for being unwanted.



@Feva26-  First of all look at the instructions I posted for @Broccoli and then decide if you need to be worried.  THEN perhaps you could explain why you are not allowed to link that channel to Google account (doesn't HAVE to be a Gmail, can be any kind of email using Google account)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? manosher78 12/1/11 5:48 AM
hello! i keep receiving e-mails,that remind me that i should complete the signup progress for the new account!
the thing is that 1) i don t want to create a new account and 2) seriously,i don t remember my self trying to
create a new account-ever! so i would like to know what should i do NOT to lose my old account,as i have lots
of videos and friends,that i don t want to lose and start over to find them all again!thank you!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? amuria333 12/1/11 4:20 PM
I got the same e-mail that everyone here received,I have always had a google account linked to my youtube account. Very confusing but finally figured out how to do this ( it worked just fine )

1~sign into your Youtube account
2~go to settings ( the drop down arrow next to your Youtube name in upper left corner )
3~click on "Manage Account"
4~click on "Change Password"
5~Change your password! (write it down as this will be your new youtube password )
6~Go back to "Manage Account"  go to "Change which Google account is linked to this account" click on change Google account.
7~Unlink your Google account ( don't worry, you can link the same account back )
8~ you will be instructed to put a gmail account to link to your youtube...I just put the same one back and that is all it takes...you will now need to sign into your youtube with the new password that you did in step 5. You will then see a pop-up that says "

You have linked your YouTube account ________ to your Google Account ___________.

Note: Your old YouTube password will no longer work. You will need to use your Google Account password from now on.


Hope this helps :))

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? darthneji1992 12/1/11 9:15 PM
I received the email in question, but I am massivly confused. The email was sent to my primary gmail account, but the listed channel was not one that I used. The channel Ive had since 2007 has always been darthneji1992, and that has not changed. When I click the link I am brought to my channel. So, the channel has two names or something? What is going on? Also, my channel is already connected to my gmail. the secondary name that is apparently listed is nowhere in my profile make-up, and I dont know how to remedy the situation.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? opipa 12/2/11 12:34 AM
When I rigistered Youtube in 2008, I used my google email address. I suppose now it would be automatically linked, wouldn't it? I then followed the link to upgrade in that email, as a matter of fact, I had to open another browser since it will be automatically logged in, but the fact was, I saw nothing to notify that I upgraded my account. I received this warning mail again!

WHAT DOES GOOGLE WANT TO DO?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/2/11 1:56 AM

@manosher78- someone (you or someone else, by accident) created a channel a long time ago, using your email.  You/they never used it.  Now it will be deleted unless YOU want it.  It is the channel which is named in the link, right after the bit called "..username=" and before the bit called "&"  Check if you want that channel.  If you don't want it- ignore the email.  If you do, log out of your YouTube and sign in with that username and link it to a Google account.


@amuria333-  good that you got it sorted for yourself.  The simplest instructions (there is no need to change passwords on Google accounts or unlink anything) are:

1.  Locate the channel the email is about (right after "..username=" and before "&")

2.  Log out of YouTube,

3.  Log into YouTube with that username from the link (resetting the password if necessary,

4.  Link to a Google account (which is not yet linked to a YouTube channel) when prompted,

5.  Done.

PS:  If you do NOT want the channel mentioned in the link- ignore the email.


@Witchfinder General- and your point is?  The situation is what it is, why not contribute instead of wasting everyone's time with pointless and unhelpful responses?


@darthneji1992- that channel you don't use is one which was created with your email nonetheless.  If you do not want it- ignore the email but if you do want it then you need to log out of your current YouTube and then log in with that one and link it to a Google account when you are prompted.


@opipa- the channel the messages are about is the one named in the link, right after "..username=" and before "&".  Only that channel is affected and if you do not want that channel you can ignore the emails.  If you do want it you must first log out of the channel you are in (which logs you out of Google too) and then log in with that channel's username (resetting the password if you have to) and then link it to a Google account of its own.

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Feva26 12/2/11 12:33 PM
Ok it looks line I finally got the upgrade and I still have to change the email. But Now I can't add links to my channel! It keeps saying that they are too long and they aren't! Anyone know how to fix this?!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CYBERSUPERLAWYER 12/2/11 11:21 PM
My YouTube account is already linked to a Google account, so why did I receive the email? How can I verify the existence of the link so that I don't have to worry about getting the boot from YouTube?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/3/11 12:36 AM
@CYBERSUPERLAWYER- I don't think anyone can improve on the response you had from PeggyK on your own thread. ;)

If you want that channel she extracted the name out of the link you had posted for- link it.  If you do not, ignore the email.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? makes2well 12/3/11 9:26 AM
IF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS DELETE MY ACCOUNT I WILL NEVER USE GOOGLE AGAIN!

The email says my account will be deleted in two weeks unless I upgrade it. I have a lot of important information stored on my YouTube account, and it's deletion would be devastating. I have followed the steps to upgrade it according to the advice given on this page, but I haven't received an email or anything confirming that my account won't be deleted. Is there any way to confirm that the account was indeed upgraded?

Come on guys, why are you making this so hard?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/3/11 10:01 AM
@makes2well- do you seriously believe anyone in their right mind will respond to you if you address them in that fashion?  Rephrase your query and you might be in with a chance.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CaptRobLee 12/3/11 12:46 PM
@Witchfinder General,

Google is trying to notify people about legacy accounts that have not been accessed in years. What would be the point of sending a message to a YouTube channel that has not been accessed in such a long time?

Google is being nice and attempting to contact owners of these old legacy accounts and sending a message to the email on file for the legacy channel seems a logical action to be taking. 

The problem is many people don't read (and comprehend) the entire message. They see "delete YouTube account" and panic. 


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kosmos007 12/3/11 7:49 PM
I think you have a bug in your system. I think this email is directly related to the unfamiliar actions listed on my recent activity feed. Somebody might have found a way to get into anyone's channel feed by signing up temporarily with someone else's email address who already have a Youtube account!
I think this is because google lets us sign up with either a gmail address or any other email address. I have not tried this myself. But I will try it later on to check if I am right.

Don't tell me that I have not yet activated my account that is why I am getting that email! I have a Channel in good standing for years now! And I get this email saying I signed up for a channel with a completely different name!! How is that even possible? And why can't I delete my recent activity? They keep coming back! Goooooooooooooooooooogle, you have a bug!! And you don't know it!! Come on! You are Google! for God's sake!

Can I work in the support team? _blank :)

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kosmos007 12/3/11 7:52 PM
@Liz YouTube support 
Liz, I have the answer! It's a bug! YouTube has been hacked and we don't like it!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kosmos007 12/4/11 3:20 AM
@TheLadyFromUncle It is a bug because I already have an account in good standing with the email address. How can there be more than one YouTube account with the same email address? It is a bug.

How can someone else register another account with the same email address? Accidentally typed? By the way, there is no one in the whole world with a name similar to mine too! 

And how do you explain the mysterious recent activity? It says I added a video to a playlist that I would never even see! It was some Muslim videos. I am not a muslim and I do not live in the middle east. And why does youtube not let me delete the recent activity? I deleted it so many times and it keeps coming back! Is it not a bug and some hacking activity or maybe some sort of (undetected) youtube virus?

Please take this issue seriously!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/4/11 3:51 AM
@kosmos007- if you received these emails and Google state here that there is a reason WHY you received this email then it is not a bug.  Nor is it about the channel "in good standing".  Check.  Have a look at the link and extract the username from between "username=" and "&" and see if it is the same channel you think it is.  It is not.  ;)

As for the totally unrelated matter of your history- it is nothing to do with this.  

If you want to take the issue seriously please read what Liz wrote, read what has been answered over four pages now and you will see that the channel you are receiving the email about is from before May 2009 and yes, then we could have dozens of YouTubes all using the same email (I know- I have many such emails).  Otherwise you risk losing the channel mentioned in the email, one only YOU can upgrade since only YOU will have received the not-a-bug notification for it.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kosmos007 12/4/11 4:20 AM
"Have a look at the link and extract the username from between "username=" and "&" and see if it is the same channel you think it is. It is not." 
Where? Which link? I don't understand this! I know about the URLs and how to extract the username though. I know it has a different username than the current account that I am using. But the thing is I don't have access to it! When I log in with this email address, it goes to my current channel! Is there a way to log in to the other channel?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? kosmos007 12/4/11 5:18 AM
Thanks!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? benrigsby2 12/4/11 2:05 PM
I linked my YT account to my Google Account years ago. So why did you send me this email for?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CYBERSUPERLAWYER 12/4/11 4:25 PM

My thanks to @TheLadyFromUncle (and to @PeggyK, in a related, but much shorter and less caustic, YouTube Help Forum thread) for the information and advice. I discovered that I had a second YouTube account which I had opened, and somehow lost track of, years ago. Because I’m grateful to have rediscovered and preserved that account, I will certainly decline to join the cacophony of jeers directed at YouTube and/or Google for the "heads-up" email sent by YouTube.

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Feva26 12/4/11 4:42 PM
What are you supposed to do if the youtube channel in the email is an active channel?  I want to keep my channel so what do I have to do?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/4/11 5:30 PM
@Feva26-  Log out of your Google account and log into that YouTube channel which you wish to keep.  Then link it to a Google account when you are prompted.  After this your channel classes as upgraded.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Feva26 12/4/11 5:45 PM
Thanks Ladyfromuncle, but that didn't work.. It seems as if I have 2 usernames for the same account and I only want I account. It will not let me change the email address to a gmail address. UGHHHH! And I wasn't prompted when I logged in. ;-(
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Incandescent 12/4/11 10:24 PM
Okay, I've scanned through this thread and I think I get it, but I just want to lay it out really simply to confirm it. My situation is this (dummy names):

A few years ago I created a YouTube account in the name "blahblahblah" for myn...@gmail.com but for various reasons I never used it
A couple of years later I created another YouTube account in the name of "yadda yadda", again using myn...@gmail.com, which is in use
I'm now getting email along the lines of "Dear blahblahblah, do the upgrade thing or your account will be deleted" addressed to myn...@gmail.com and with a link in the format of YouTube's normal URL immediately followed by "signin?username=blahblahblah&feature=neup".

As I understand it from this thread this is a YouTube tidying up exercise and even though the mail is being sent to an email address associated with a YT account that is in use, i.e.the "yadda yadda" account, if I just ignore the emails it is only the older and unused "blahblahblah" account that will be deleted. Is that correct?

Thanks in advance.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/4/11 11:58 PM
"The YouTube account for ABC@XYZ.com will be deleted on Dec 16, 2011 if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account"

that is one really scary e-mail to get, threatening to delete your account if you don't click a link in an e-mail - the golden rule of e-mails being NEVER to click links!

why can't they ask users to log into their accounts and follow the instructions youtube have set up there? people would feel a lot safer, and can be walked through the process.

google should not behave like this. they run their own e-mail service. do they encourage users to click links in their gmail? i hope not!
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/5/11 12:01 AM
why isn't Liz YouTube support answering all these questions?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Nick Mon 12/5/11 10:18 AM
@MSIR60 '"The YouTube account for ABC@XYZ.com will be deleted on Dec 16, 2011  if you do not click the link'

Completely agree, very alarming and confusing until I found this thread. That was the wording I got in the start of my email, with a correct email address of mine.
In my case, once I had been told to sign out of YouTube before clicking the link, the link did take me to an older YouTube account that I never knew I had. It's a completely empty account that I can allow to be deleted.

Thanks to Ladyfromuncle for the help earlier, I really can't believe you are not paid by Google for your help here! It's quite shocking that Google is not helping to clean up their mess here.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Feva26 12/5/11 10:38 AM
Yes, thanks LadyfromUncle.. I din't know how to do it thats why I posted in the form but i have since figured it out. thanks
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/5/11 4:48 PM
right, it wasn't me who received the "The YouTube account for ABC@XYZ.com will be deleted on Dec 16, 2011  if you do not click the link" e-mail. it was a friend, but i know lots of people who got them, such as Nick Mon above. luckily, we got our heads together and decided that the header was legit so my friends opened their links without a problem.

thanks Witchfinder. i'm thinking of your solution but with modifications, if you don't mind. i might as well repeat it here if it's going to the feedback and suggestions anyway, so people can read from here and then go over there if they with to contribute:

Google, please stop sending us e-mails with "The YouTube account for ABC@XYZ.com will be deleted on Month Date, Year if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account" in them.

it has been hammered into us NEVER to click a link in an e-mail we weren't expecting. it's caused panic stations aplenty on the forum, and phishers are having a great time stealing peoples' personal information, thus causing more panic and confusion. you should have realised this and adopted one of the approaches described below:

if you MUST do this by e-mail, send the e-mail asking the user to log into his youtube account and follow the instructions there, which you will have left.

even safer, send the message to the user's youtube account. what's the point if they never log in, asked someone of the witchfinder, to which he replied, "if they never log in, they obviously don't care about the account anyway, and youtube wants to reclaim unused and inactive usernames anyway" (or similar)

i say, send the message to the user's youtube account but give them not 12 months, but 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, or whatever seems reasonable, for them to log in and follow the instructions there, which won't cause much of a stir at all. this allows for things such as long-term illnesses and the like.

as the witchfinder says, they can do this now. it doesn't need a week of programming to change to one of the above methods.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CYBERSUPERLAWYER 12/5/11 6:03 PM
Great advice, MSIR60; my compliments.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/6/11 1:52 AM
@MSIR60- if you haven't actually received such an email, using that precise wording then I cannot verify it at all for you.  Unless you have firsthand knowledge of this strange wording and can post the actual text it is all conjecture.  Sorry.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? fluff2001 12/6/11 10:44 AM

Hello,

which registration should I complete?

Why you obligate me to do it???

How you could delete active and constantly visited account with many subscribers and comments???

 

I'm waiting for your explanations.

 

Regards,

fluffy2001 @ gmail.com

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/6/11 10:50 AM
@fluff2001- the answer to all your questions is that you should link the old inactive YouTube to a Google account by logging into it so that Google don't delete it for not being used.

In other words- no registration, just a link to a Google account.  Why?  Because otherwise Google will delete the YouTube in question.  No, they are not deleting active and constantly visited YouTubes, only unused ones.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/6/11 1:15 PM
what if you dont use gmail for the youtube email but a different one like yahoo, hotmaill or your own @domain.com email?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Shaman Rawb 12/6/11 5:36 PM
I'm not sure why I received this email. I AM logged in with that email which is associated with THAT email as my google account. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/6/11 7:04 PM
@TheLadyFromUncle "Unless you have firsthand knowledge of this strange wording and can post the actual text it is all conjecture.  Sorry."

it is not conjecture at all because i was sitting beside my friend when he received it on his computer. i posted the precise wording and the post my Nick Mon above my last post said he has the exact same wording... "That was the wording I got in the start of my email, with a correct email address of mine."

if you do a search for that exact wording i posted (obviously in small chunks due to the dates being different) you will come across a lot of users who have posted that they received an e-mail with that exact wording.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/6/11 7:37 PM
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/youtube/thread?tid=482e6c110cab2b42&hl=en

the user Maxwell Landbeck posted the full e-mail and you responded to it.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CaptRobLee 12/6/11 8:11 PM
I posted an image (photo) of the actual email on page 3 of this thread. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/7/11 4:59 AM
@MSIR60- all you needed to say is that you saw it.

I deal with many hundreds of these in any given period and since this is about the "threatening" nature and the possibility that it is a scam (as has been posted by others who are not exactly helping in dealing with how things are and are merely asking for something which is done to be undone, and which is never going to happen because that is not how Google roll) it is better to be safe than sorry.

Bottom line:  Users need to extract the channel's username from the link and decide if they want that channel.  If they do- they must link it to a Google account.  It they do not, they can ignore the "threats".
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 5:09 AM
TheLadyFromUncle--->so if your username you used to sign in to GOOGLE is  username1 and you channel is username2 and you get an email with hi username1 right.... 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 5:57 AM
I got the first email with the "hi there username1" and I did what it said and "linked" the accounts. 

now I'm getting that second email you're talking about. 

so is my acct gonna be ok? 

why are they still sending me another email then when I didn't have any other accounts under this email? did the linking work? 



Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 6:02 AM
second email:

YouTubehelp center | e-mail options | report spam

The YouTube account for username1-maingooglesigninemail@yahoo.com will be deleted on Dec 20, 2011 if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=not the name of my channel-but the name of the google username i use to sign in&feature=neup3

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for username1-maingooglesigninemail@yahoo.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link above.

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center.

Thank you,
The YouTube Team

Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/7/11 6:04 AM
You changed the link.  The username you removed is the one which the email is about.  Add it to the end of www.youtube.com/ to see the channel.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 6:05 AM
this was the first email I got;

my channel name is princessptfo but my username I use to sign into google is remixedcat   there is no mention of princessptfo at all in any of the emails.  this is what bothers me. 


YouTubehelp center | e-mail options | report spam

Hi there remixedcat,

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for username1-maingooglesigninemail@yahoo.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=not the name of my channel-but the name of the google username i use to sign in&feature=neup2>

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to login to YouTube using the same account you use for all other Google sites.

Please note that your account will be deleted from our system on Dec 20, 2011 if you do not upgrade your account. If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube help center.

Thank you,
The YouTube Team


Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 6:09 AM
omg this must have been a channel i created a while ago.... so this old one will be deleted and not the princessptfo one...???? thats wierd they use the same email address hope both don't get deleted
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? CaptRobLee 12/7/11 6:30 AM
@remixedcat,

In the early days, you could have multiple YouTube accounts using the same email address. I have (had) 2 legacy accounts with the same hotmail address.

This is a big part of what is causing people so much confusion. 
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/7/11 6:33 AM
@remixdcat- only the name in the link, the one you swapped out, is the channel affected by THAT email.  Not any other YouTube channel  :)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? remixedcat 12/7/11 7:57 AM
so its only the remixedcat channel and not the princessptfo channel that will get trashed???
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/7/11 7:59 AM
I don''t know.  You took the username out of the link so I cannot verify that for you.  :)
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Szico VII 12/7/11 9:35 AM
Just got an email from youtube...

"

The YouTube account for xx...@gmail.com will be deleted on 21 Dec 2011 if you do not click the link below to upgrade your account:

http://www.youtube.com/signin?username=ChampionshipTennis&feature=neup3

As a reminder, you created a YouTube account for xx...@gmail.com but haven't completed the signup process. Complete your registration and upgrade your account by clicking the link above.

Once you've upgraded, you'll be able to log in to YouTube using the same account that you use for all other Google sites.

If you're having trouble and need some help, please visit the YouTube Help Centre.

Thank you,
The YouTube Team"


My email, 'xx...@gmail.com' is now associated with my proper youtube account which is named SzicoVII, not 'Championship Tennis,' although it did used to be associated with that youtube account (accidentally)

I log in to youtube and google with this email and it lists me as SzicoVII on youtube, as it should 9as these are my 2 linked accounts)

I have completed the sign up process using this Alias but I am worried youtube are going to delete my proper account which is linked with my email and all its videos, despite it not being associated with 'Championship Tennis' anymore. What should I do?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/7/11 9:38 AM
@Szico VII-  The email is only about www.youtube.com/ChampionshipTennis and nothing else, not email, not Google, not another not-named YouTube.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? MSIR60 (The Original) 12/7/11 6:13 PM
@TheLadyFromUncle - sorry if i came across as being harsh. i didn't mean to be. it's the old problem of reading typed words not being the same as talking in person - a problem which has been around since the internet started. but i agree with Witchfinder that you're doing one hell of a lot of work, which should be rewarded, but you shouldn't have been put in this situation in the first place. i don't agree with Witchfinder that this one is worth fighting because like you say, they have done it and won't change. BUT...

his question of how long this issue might last for is a good one, because if it went on for months on end, it just wouldn't be fair on you, and i really hope this doesn't make you want to retire as a top contributor! if it DID go on for months, with no end in sight, surely google must re-think?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/8/11 3:33 PM
@NintendoRulz300-  No, those channels are not included in the cull.  They are not legacy channels which were never linked to Google accounts, they are YouTube channels which SHOULD have closed along with their Google account.  You will have report them to 1:1 Support and tell them what Google accounts they WERE once channels of and that you wish to be closed so that Google can do this on your behalf.  They ONLY do this because you cannot and it is, in essence, their fault.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? TheLadyFromUncle 12/8/11 3:55 PM
With this form:
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Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? manoj.hansmek 7/2/12 1:09 AM
I have received a email from accoun...@net.com saying that I need to upgrade my account otherwise my account will be deleted. The link that they have provided links to a yahoo email ID. Is this a scam or a real email from Gmail Team?
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? The Lady From Uncle 7/2/12 2:19 AM
@manoj-  It is a scam.
Re: Why did I receive a "complete registration and upgrade your account" email? Carly Hartley 2/26/13 1:55 AM
Hi,

I have one for you:

I want to access an old youtube account that has not been conected to a google account. It was a work youtube and the company wnet under and we were all made redundant. This was in 2008, now they have found some new funding and have started the company up again but I cannot find the login details for the youtube channel, also the email address that was registered to the account is no longer in use so I cannot retreive the password details. Any help would be much appreciated even if I can just delete the old one and start again!

Thanks

Carly

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