How to Unlink Your YouTube and Google Plus Accounts Effectively

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How to Unlink YouTube and Google Plus

As an expert on tech-related issues and troubleshooting, I’m here to provide a straightforward guide on how to unlink YouTube from Google Plus. Google Plus integration has been fully retired, but old links may still exist for some users. If you’re looking to manage your Google-related services or ensure your privacy settings are up to date, this guide will assist you in the process.

Understanding the Change

Current Status of Google Plus

It’s important to note that as of April 2019, Google Plus has been shut down for personal and brand accounts. Google has shifted its resources away from Google Plus, making the necessity to unlink from YouTube obsolete for most users. However, understanding how to manage your Google Account and related services is still valuable knowledge.

Managing Your Google Account

While the direct need to unlink YouTube from Google Plus is now a non-issue, you may still want to manage your Google Account’s associated services or control your privacy settings. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to do that.

Accessing Google Account Settings

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. You will be on the home page of your Google Account settings.

Reviewing and Adjusting Privacy Settings

  1. While in your Google Account, click on the “Privacy & personalization” option.
  2. Review your privacy settings, adjust as needed.

Check Connected Apps and Services

  1. From the Google Account settings main page, go to the “Security” section.
  2. Scroll down to the “Third-party apps with account access” area.
  3. Click on “Manage third-party access.”
  4. Review the apps that have permissions connected to your Google Account and remove any you no longer use or recognize.


Can I still delete a Google Plus profile?

As Google Plus has been discontinued, any previously existing profiles would have been deleted by Google. Therefore, there’s no need for you to manually delete a Google Plus profile.

What happens to my content on Google Plus?

With the platform’s shutdown, all content that was hosted on Google Plus has been deleted. However, note that some data might still exist in archives or backups for some time, as per Google’s data policies.

How do I ensure my YouTube privacy following these changes?

You can manage your YouTube privacy settings by navigating to your YouTube Account settings. From there, review and adjust settings related to your watch and search history, as well as manage who can see your activity.

Do these changes affect my ability to use YouTube?

No, unlinking or the absence of Google Plus does not impact your ability to use YouTube. Your YouTube experience remains separate and fully functional.

I hope this guide helps you better understand how to manage your Google Account and YouTube settings in light of the sunsetting of Google Plus. As a tech expert, my name is Tracy, and it’s my commitment to ensure the information provided is clear and helpful in navigating today’s ever-changing tech environment.