The other day my son asked if he could have a YouTube account of his own. He enjoys listening to music and watching the sports videos on the site. He’s 13 now so I said yes. While the intention was for me to help him create his account, he jumped right in and suddenly he said, “Mom, what’s this?”
Thanks to Google’s new change in policy, the “what is this” was a Google+ account that was automatically created for him. While our editorial team here at Yoursphere for Parents has written about this new policy and a privacy workaround for kids, I hadn’t anticipated how difficult Google makes it to delete your account.
I felt “trapped” in the process of trying to delete his Google+ account. Many of the steps were confusing which is why I decided to create this guide.
- Go to www.google.com then click the sign in button in the upper right hand corner and sign in using your child’s login information.
- Click the “+You” button in the navigation bar in the upper left hand corner. This will take you to their Google+ account homepage.
- Click the “Settings” link in the upper right hand corner.
- Once you are in the “Settings” menu, scroll down until you see the “Disable Google+” option. Click the “here” link shown in blue.
- That will take you to a screen that asks if you would like to delete your Google+ content or your entire Google profile. Click the “Delete Google+ content” button if you only want to delete their Google+ account. If you choose the “Delete your entire Google profile” button then all of their Google accounts will be deleted, including their YouTube account. You will not be able to undo this choice.
- If you’ve followed the steps above then you should see a screen like the one below.
Note: If your child is over the age of 13 and just wants a YouTube account then you will have to create a Google account on YouTube then manually delete the Google+ function as shown in the directions above.