1. d4005's Avatar
    I have my primary google account on my phone and it's used for Gmail, Photos, and whatever other google app wants to use it.

    For youtube though, I'd like to use a different google account. The trouble is, if I "Add Account" and login to Youtube. It seems to screw up the whole phone. All google apps now want to use that secondary account. So Gmail defaults to showing me the inbox of the 2nd account, I see the account logo on all the apps.

    So is it possible to login to the Youtube app using different credentials without actually adding a google account to the phone? I'm thinking that my only option is to use the browser and login to it that way and just quit using the youtube app completely.

    Or is there a way to tell the phone that THIS is the primary account, stop using that other one for anything unless in that app I ask to use it.
    01-07-2022 12:56 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    I have like 4 gmail accounts on my device and 1 uses YouTube premium so i switch to that in YouTube app while my mail gmail for back up.is different, so no you shouldn't have a issue.
    01-07-2022 01:06 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    01-07-2022 01:41 PM
  4. d4005's Avatar
    I've tried that How to Geek hack in the past, it's extremely annoying having to go through that process - that's why I was hoping to have an alternative to having multiple accounts because Android often just gets confused what the default account is again.
    01-07-2022 01:49 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Accounts and back up will only have one account you chose no matter how many accounts you have
    01-07-2022 02:11 PM
  6. d4005's Avatar
    Worked out my solution. Only have one google account on the phone. For youtube, I have a shortcut on the home screen to Firefox to open youtube / subscriptions page. In Firefox (but not in Chrome) you can log out and log back in without being hijacked by Google's account management system. Try it in chrome and it wants to force you to choose an account on the phone. In Firefox you just enter an email address and a password in the login page and you're in.

    Is it bad to use Firefox for my Youtube activity? It's not ideal but it's fine. It avoids the frequent annoyance of having multiple accounts and getting it to choose the right one in each app due to not having the concept of "a default account". Thousands of threads around various forums saying this is how it is and suggesting removing the primary account and then re-adding it so that it's the latest because the latest is temporarily the default. Until it isn't.

    01-08-2022 01:22 PM
  7. smvim's Avatar
    You might want to look into just not using Google's Youtube app to access Youtube content by using a third-party solution like NewPipe. Using NewPipe instead, you still can view Youtube stuff but you won't be logged into any Google account while doing so. Note that you do need to manually sideload the app to install it, it's not something Google will allow in its Play Store.
    -- article reviewing NewPipe
    -- APK mirror has an established history as a safe and dependable, non-Google source for APK apps, the point being when you sideload apps it's always important to get your APKs from a valid source.
    01-08-2022 02:44 PM
  8. d4005's Avatar
    Thanks, but I'm good now - using Firefox is the easiest option
    01-09-2022 03:42 AM

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