How to Use YouTube Without a Gmail Account

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29-09-2016, 11:15
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A Google account is required in order sign into YouTube. However, for those who already have an email account (or just don’t want a Gmail account), Google accounts can be made using any valid non-Gmail address. You will need to navigate to Google’s Sign Up Without Gmail page in your web browser and complete the form (The mobile app does not have the option to create a non-Gmail Google account, although you can use a mobile browser). Keep in mind that you can browse and watch videos, as well as utilize other YouTube functionality without signing up for an account as well.

Creating a Google Account Without Gmail

  1. Navigate to You will be taken to a form to create a new account. Note that the email field lacks the “” watermark seen on the normal sign up page.
    • You can also click the “I prefer to use my current email address” link under the username field from the regular sign up page to be redirected to the “Sign Up Without Gmail” page.
  2. Complete the New Account form. You must provide a first and last name, (non-Gmail) email address, password, date of birth, and mobile phone number.
    • The mobile number is used for security and recovery.
  3. Click “Next Step”. If the form was filled correctly, the “Privacy & Terms” window will appear.
    • You will be notified and stopped from proceeding if a field has invalid information.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of page and click “I Agree”. The “Agree” button will be disabled until you have scrolled through the terms. After clicking, you will be redirected to a new page and sent a verification email.
  5. Click “Verify Now”. This button will bring up a small popup window with a sign in window for the email service you used to sign up.
    • You can also navigate directly to your email and click the link in the verification email send to you.
  6. Sign in using the email account used to sign up. Enter your email and password and click “Next”. Your Google account will be verified and ready to use.
  7. Go to
  8. Sign in to your new Google account. Click “Sign in” in the upper right corner and enter your email/password.
    • If you are already signed in from your verification session you can skip the sign in process.
  9. Review your registered account privileges. With a YouTube account, you can now take advantage of features on the site that you couldn't before. Some things you can now do on YouTube include:
    • Uploading videos
    • Subscribing to Channels
    • Commenting on videos
    • Making custom playlists

Using YouTube Without an Account

  1. Browse and view videos. If you want to avoid creating an account altogether, you can still view and browse YouTube’s content using the search bar and recommended video lists.
    • A Google account is not necessary to view/browse videos with the mobile app either.
    • Age verification is done using the birthdate on your Google account, and thus is required to view age-restricted videos.
  2. Watch live video games streams at You can use YouTube’s gaming service to watch live streamed games and gaming related news.
    • Chat and subscriptions require an account to use.
  3. Share videos with friends. Click the “Share” button, located below “Subscribe” under a video to bring up a menu with various links to social media sites as well as a shortened URL for easy sharing.
    • On mobile devices, tap the video while watching to bring up the options and tap the “Share” icon (curved arrow) in the upper right corner to bring up a menu of options to share that video.
    • You can link to a specific time in a video by appending the video’s URL with “#t” followed by the timestamp. (For example, “#t=1m50s” will link straight to 1 minute and 50 seconds into the video)
  4. Watch videos on your tv. You can use a TV-optimized version of the site when connecting your computer via HDMI or other tv connection. If you own a chromecast you can cast videos from your mobile device by tapping the “Cast” icon (screen with broadcast waves) in the upper right corner of a video.


  • You can always make a Google account with a throw-away email if you want the benefits of the account but don’t want it linked to an email that you use.
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