How to sign out of your YouTube account on desktop or mobile, and protect your account

Associated PressSigning out of YouTube is equivalent to signing out of your Google account.
  • You should always sign out of YouTube if you’ve logged in on a shared device, like a computer at work, or in a school or library.
  • When you log out of YouTube, you’ll still be able to search and view videos, but you won’t be able to comment or add them to playlists.
  • Logging out of YouTube on desktop or on mobile (using either an iPhone or Android) only takes a few seconds, and getting back into your account is just as easy.
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The more you use YouTube, the more important it is that you have an account. A YouTube account lets you “Like” and comment on videos, subscribe to channels, upload your own content, and enjoy a YouTube experience that is custom-catered to your interests.

However, it’s a good idea to keep your YouTube account a private affair, and that’s true even if you haven’t been viewing any questionable material.

Leaving yourself logged in on public computers can allow strangers to access your account, which is never good. If you know you won’t be YouTubing again for a while, go ahead and sign out when you’re done.

It’s likewise a good idea to sign out of YouTube on mobile if your iPhone or Android phone is going to be lying around where another pair of hands might pick it up.

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How to sign out of YouTube on desktop

1. Click the icon in the top right corner of the screen that depicts your image or avatar, or has a letter in a circle.

Screen Shot 2019 07 29 at 1.49.04 PMSteven John/Business InsiderClick your account icon.

2. Click the words “Sign out” in the dropdown menu.

Screen Shot 2019 07 29 at 1.49.18 PMSteven John/Business InsiderClick ‘Sign Out.’

If there is now a box reading “SIGN IN” at the top right corner, you did it, you’re out.

How to sign out of YouTube on mobile

1. Tap your icon image at the top right corner of the screen.

Steven John/Business InsiderAgain, tap your account icon in the top-right corner.

2. Under “Account,” tap your name or email.

3. Tap the words “Use YouTube signed out.”

Steven John/Business InsiderSelect ‘Use YouTube signed out,’ under your accounts.

And… you’re out.

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