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Is there any way to change my default YouTube account?

#1PsythikPosted 3/23/2014 2:46:41 PM
YouTube keeps trying to trick me into using my real name and it's driving me nuts. When I go into my Google Account settings I've noticed that my real name is my default account, and there's no obvious way to change this.

Every article I've found from Googling is out-of-date. I could delete that account but I'm afraid I'll lose my Gmail (which unfortunately got linked to my real name without my permission), and that simply isn't an option. Is there anything I can do at all, or am I forever doomed to click the "Switch account" button every time I go on YouTube until the day I die? Surely there's a Greasemonkey script to fix this, right?
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#2kill2thisPosted 3/23/2014 2:56:06 PM
Sadly I can't help, Having the same issue so tagging this post for later.
Free bump I guess
#3jakeDiLLaPosted 3/23/2014 3:09:36 PM
Only thing you can do (that I know of) is change your name in your email account, but that will also affect how your name shows up on emails. I changed my name to Jake D as a sort of middle ground. Full name doesn't show up on Youtube while people can still figure out my name in emails since my last name is in my actual address
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#4Psythik(Topic Creator)Posted 3/23/2014 3:13:30 PM(edited)
jakeDiLLa posted...
Only thing you can do (that I know of) is change your name in your email account, but that will also affect how your name shows up on emails. I changed my name to Jake D as a sort of middle ground. Full name doesn't show up on Youtube while people can still figure out my name in emails since my last name is in my actual address
I've been using "Psythik" as my email account name for as long as I've had it, so that's obviously not the solution.

Even if that did work, YouTube would still be using the wrong account. It's not just for commenting I'm concerned about, I upload videos to the account I want to use and have over 1,000 subscribers on it. The account with my real name has nothing.
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#5AnatomyHorrorPosted 3/23/2014 3:12:41 PM(edited)
Yeah if I exit my browser and then pull up youtube again it asks me which account I want to use. Every freakin time. It's been doing this for about 2 or 3 weeks.

It also no longer keeps track of partially watched videos.

For instance if I'm watching a 45 min vid, and then come back to it later, it won't remember my spot. It used to.
#6Psythik(Topic Creator)Posted 3/23/2014 3:14:47 PM
AnatomyHorror posted...
Yeah if I exit my browser and then pull up youtube again it asks me which account I want to use. Every freakin time. It's been doing this for about 2 or 3 weeks.
At least you're getting the option. Mine just switches over without asking. On more than one occasion I've accidentally posted with my real name, and that's just evil.
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#7arleasPosted 3/23/2014 3:28:09 PM
I'm convinced the only way to fix this is to create a totally new email and use that for google with NO EXTRA ACCOUNTS. They can't ask you which one to use if you only have one.

I'm seriously about to do this myself, only saving my old arleas account on youtube for rare times when I need to respond to something on a video.

It'd be nice if there was a service that could let me subscribe to certain channels without having to go through youtube's s***.
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#8bluemooglePosted 3/23/2014 3:28:48 PM
I've noticed it's been switching me these past few weeks, too. Someone at Google probably changed it, hopefully not permanently, but it wouldn't surprise me if they're trying to push real names on youtube again.
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#9popping4itPosted 3/23/2014 3:56:52 PM
they do this on purprose to try to trick you into make a google+ account on your primary account.
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#10LordSeiferPosted 3/23/2014 4:25:45 PM
AnatomyHorror posted...
Yeah if I exit my browser and then pull up youtube again it asks me which account I want to use. Every freakin time.

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