Locked out of YouTube

I was playing with uploading video to my YouTube account from a hand held device (the video is now featured above) and I got locked out of my YouTube account. This wasn’t the first time this has happened since I had been forced to merge my YouTube login with my Google account. I’d been pushed through this weird loop for a few months now, and it finally came to pass that for the last two days I was locked out of my YouTube account entirely. When I tried logging into YouTube, I just got pushed right back out to a signup page, highly frustrating. Though I could see all my videos (and there are a lot) were still there and eveyrthing looked fine so the account wasn’t deleted or anything, which was all the more puzzling.

I’ve been scouring the web for a solution, and finally came across this forum thread which lead me to a solution here. What this thread lead me to was the page that allows you to unlink your YouTube and Google accounts. I did this after everything else failed, and it worked. What’s more, once I did this I was once again forced to re-link my Google and YouTube accounts—but this time I made sure it was the right Google account (which may have been the issue in the first place—but weird it worked for so many months before final lockout). Anyway, this seems to have solved the problem, which is huge for me. I really didn’t want to lose all my favorite videos on YouTube, which are like gold to me. So anyway, if you have this issue, try unlinking your YouTube and Google accounts, and then re-link them—it may just work.

What’s more, this was a little wake up call for me about just how much I depend upon YouTube regularly, and how I might want to change that a bit with a more sophisticated back up of all my videos, which are in many ways crucial to this here blog.

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8 Responses to Locked out of YouTube

  1. Laura says:

    Ugh, I’ve tried linking my accounts to no avail. It always tells me my email is associated with another account or something, so I skip it every time.

    • Reverend says:

      @Michael,
      I absolutely agree, it is scary. I wish I had my own media server that could do everything youtube could. I wonder if playing with VideoPress might not be a solution. Although i always say this and never do it.

      @Laura,
      The problm is soon it will tell you you can;t skip it. What annoys me is how tempermental it is. Try unlinking it and relinking it, that seemed to work for me.

  2. A worry of mine as well. What will we all do if the the cloud gets too cloudy…

  3. I love you, does not even come close to how I feel about you right now my friend. My youtube account had been connected to a Google account I created with a Hotmail account before I had gmail. Sound confusing? Yeah it sucked. I always had to do a lot of signing in and out wrong passwords, emailed to Hotmail accounts etc…it sucked.

    Followed your link and five seconds later….ALL GOOD! Youtube linked with proper Gmail/Google Account. Perfect.

    Thanks again.

  4. Reverend says:

    Jabiz,
    I was hoping this throw away post would do just that, because the sinking feeling I felt in my stomach when I was locked out of my YouTube was not fun. It was almost how I felt about thinking about quitting cigarettes. My addictions run deep, so my posts are like methadone clinics 🙂

  5. Lisa M Lane says:

    It completely sucks that they have to be linked at all. I don’t want my YouTube account linked to my professional Google account, which is what I have open all the time for mail. It logs me out of my mail when I log in on the new Google/YouTube account I linked to instead. I use YouTube less because of this.

    I’m so glad you figured out how to get back into your YouTube account, but this aggegrated log-in stuff is crap. Just one woman’s opinion.

  6. Clayton says:

    This is something I have been struggling with for some time now. Unfortunately youtube refuses to uncouple my accounts. When Google first purchased youtube they MADE me crate a youtube account. This did not sit well with me so in a moment of frustration exacerbated by the fact that they would not allow you to create a username with the word youtube in it, I created the account fuckyouutube1233. This account is not permanently linked to my primary gmail account. Clicking the link to unlink the account only gives me a message that the account is in fact “Permanently linked to a gmail account”. The account does not have a separate password and using the gmail account as the login info, the only account that has access to fuckyouutube1233, results in a no valid account. Moral of the story? The internet has a wicked sense of irony, watch what is done in frustration.

  7. Clayton says:

    Correction, the sentence should read “now permanently linked” instead of “not permanently linked”. Silly fingers thinking without me.

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