The password to your YouTube account is also the password to your accounts on a lot of other Google-run services. Therefore, if you use websites like Gmail or Google Maps, you’re going to want to make sure your password is extra secure, in order to keep troublemakers out of your accounts on those sites.
If you’re wondering how strong your current password is, check out our “How Secure Is My Password” article for a checklist and some tips. If you decide that your YouTube password could use some work, this tutorial will show you how to change it.
NOTE: Changing your YouTube password means changing the password for your entire Google account. Therefore, if you are logged into any other Google-run services besides YouTube when you change your password, you will be logged out of those services. You will have to log back in to them with your new password.
How to change your YouTube password
Go to www.youtube.com in your web browser and log in.
Click your profile picture in the top-right corner, and then click the YouTube Settings button.
In the Overview section (which you should be automatically taken to), click Change Password.
(NOTE: In some circumstances, such as if you have multiple YouTube channels, you may need to click Advanced, and then click Change or Add Password.)
YouTube will redirect you to your overall Google Account, where you will be asked to sign in again. Click in the box labelled “Password” and type in the password for your YouTube account, and then click Sign In.
You will automatically be taken to the page for changing your YouTube password.
Click in the box labelled “New Password” and type in the password that you would like to use for your YouTube account from now on. (Below this, Google will give you some tips on strengthening your password, and gauge your new password’s strength.) Then click in the box labelled “Confirm New Password” and type in a copy of your new password.
You can click the eye icons beside either box to make your password visible. This can help you check to make sure that both copies of your new password match up. However, only do this in a private place where you’re sure that nobody might be looking over your shoulder.
When you’re done, click Change Password.
That’s how to change your YouTube password! If you’re having trouble logging into your YouTube account, you may want to try resetting your YouTube password instead. We’ll show you how to do that in our next tutorial.