How to Get Rid of Your YouTube Account

How to Get Rid of Your YouTube Account

Out of all the social networks out there, YouTube is probably the least troublesome – as long as you don’t post embarrassing party videos or show off in skimpy swimwear. It’s more on the lighthearted side of social media. But hey, uploading videos isn’t for everyone. So, if you’ve decided to bid adieu to your YouTube account, let me walk you through the process.

First things first, before you delete your entire account, consider that you can delete videos individually. If you just want to get rid of your content, that’s a breeze. Just log into your YouTube dashboard and remove your videos one by one or all at once.

Saying Goodbye to Your YouTube Account

If you’re ready to break free and say goodbye to your YouTube account, I’ve got two options for you. You can either delete your entire Google account and call it a day, or simply delete your YouTube account and keep everything else intact. Let’s start by focusing on deleting just your YouTube account.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First, log into your Google account and look for the little squares icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click on “Account” from the dropdown menu.
  3. On the left menu, select “Data & personalization”.
  4. Inside the “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data” box, click on “Delete a service or your account”.
  5. If prompted, log in again and select “Delete a service”.
    How to Get Rid of Your YouTube Account
  6. Locate the trashcan icon next to YouTube and confirm your choice.
    How to Get Rid of Your YouTube Account

By following these steps, your YouTube account will be completely deleted along with all the content you’ve uploaded. That includes followers, channels, and playlists. Keep in mind that even though you’ll still be able to watch YouTube without logging in, you won’t have the ability to upload or interact with the platform.

How to Get Rid of Your YouTube Account

Saying Goodbye to Google

If you want to disconnect completely and delete your entire Google account, you have the option to do so. But keep in mind that this decision will have consequences for any Google services you use, including personalized search AdWords, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome sync, Google Play Store, and others.

If you’re certain about this, follow these steps:

  1. First, log into your Google account and click the small squares icon in the top right corner. (See image below)
  2. Select “Account” from the menu. (See image below)
  3. On the left menu, click on “Data & personalization”. (See image below)
  4. In the “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data” box, select “Delete a service or your account”. (See image below)
  5. If prompted, log in again and choose “Delete your account”. (See image below)
  6. Review the list of affected services to ensure you have saved any important data or made alternative arrangements. You can download your data if needed. (See image below)
  7. Check the two boxes at the bottom of the page that say “Yes, I acknowledge…” and “Yes, I want to permanently delete this Google Account…”. (See image below)
  8. Finally, click on “Delete Account”. (See image below)

There’s something to be said for taking a break from social media. Even though I enjoy it, I’ve reduced my use of Twitter and Facebook this year and found that I have more time and energy for things that truly matter. Whether you want to leave YouTube or completely detach from Google, you now know how to do it.

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