This post details how I have moved my YouTube account and channel from my personal Google Account connected to my “Deja Vu Guides” profile.
I am writing this guide as I was digging around on YouTube and it took me a while to find the steps to set this up.
Why do I want to use a different name on YouTube?
I am going through a rebranding exercise, bringing personal YouTube channel, “Vu Long Tran” to my new brand, “Deja Vu Guides”, so that I can create a website and social media channels to focus on my How To Guides that I love creating and writing. That way there is less confusion over my tech guides via my personal experience and storytelling, etc.
How to use a different name on YouTube than your Google Account
Here’s the process that I went through to set “Deja Vu Guides” as my YouTube profile.
Step 2 – Have in mind a Google account for my “Deja Vu Guides” profile
Right now, you can select a variety of Google and YouTube accounts to associate a YouTube account for (as you’ll see in the screenshot below). As I have one already, I am going to use my “Deja Vu Guides” my Google+ page.
Use your Google+ pages (if you have any)
Use your current YouTube username
Create a new name
Use your Google Account name
Step 3 – (Google+ Page users) Go to Advanced Account Settings
In Advanced Account settings you should see an option to “Move channel to Google+ page”.
Step 4 – Select Google+ page to move
Select Google+ page to move your YouTube channel to. This will Google+ page will now be associated with that channel.
Google is great in that it’ll show you an example with flowcharts on what it can look like.
Step 5 – Confirm that you’d like to move it
Step 6 – You’ll receive a confirmation page
It will tell you that “Your YouTube channel has been successfully moved!”
Step 7 – Log in using your Google+ page
Log in using your Google+ page. You might need to wait a bit for the changes to be made. Mine changed in about 30 minutes.
Step 8 – Enjoy using your different name now with your YouTube account