Sunday, March 9, 2014

Set a password for your Google+ Page and connected YouTube channel

Note: As of September 2016 it appears it is no longer possible to set a password for a Page. Direct sign-in to a Page's Brand Account still works if the password was set before this change. It's not clear whether this feature will made available to new Pages in the future.

Have you set a password for your Google+ Page? 

If your primary identity is your Google+ Page and YouTube channel name, rather than your personal "real name" Google+ Profile, setting a password for your Page lets you use that identity across the internet.

What you may not realize is that a Google+ Page has it's own special limited Google account that is owned and managed by your primary Google account. And when your YouTube channel is connected to a Google+ Page, the channel is moved to that Page's Google account.

If you set a password for your Google+ Page's account, you can use it to sign into Google directly, allowing you to act on the internet with your Google+ Page identity.


Why create a password for your Google+ Page?


Here are some of the options unlocked by signing in directly to your Google+ Page:

  • +1 and share content to Google+ from anywhere on the web using your Page identity
  • upload videos to your Google+ Page-connected YouTube channel from 3rd party apps, camera or devices
  • write a Blogger post or administrate a Blogger blog using your Google+ Page identity
  • create a Gmail email for your brand
  • post comments as your Google+ Page on sites that use Google+ comments
  • synchronize your Google+ Page-connected YouTube channel with your profile on 3rd party sites (like Klout or Twitter)
  • store images and documents in your Google+ Page's Google Drive account

Of course there are a number of limitations:
  • your Google+ Page's Google account is dependent on the Google account that "owns" it. If you delete the owner Google account, your Google+ Page and YouTube channel will be deleted as well.
  • you cannot add a Manager or change a Manager to an Owner for your Google+ Page when signed into the Page directly
  • you cannot change the password for your page
  • you cannot add an existing Gmail email to your Google+ Page's account, you can only create a new Gmail email for your Page
Adding a password to your Google+ Page unlocks a number of features, however in order to fully manage and use your Google+ Page, you will need to maintain access to the Google account that is the Owner of that Page. 

How to set a password for your Google+ Page from your Page Settings


If you have a YouTube channel connected to your Google+ Page, you can start from your YouTube channel's advanced settings instead (www.youtube.com/account_advanced). See below for details.

1. Sign into Google+ with the email username for the account that owns your Google+ Page. This will usually be the Google+ Profile that created the Google+ Page.

2. Click your profile photo at top right

3.  Select your Google+ Page from the list  then jump to step 5 below

If you do not see your Google+ Page in the list, click All your Google+ Pages


That will open your Google My Business Page manager (business.google.com/manage/)

4. Select the Google+ Page you want to manage

If you have a Brand Page, rather than a Local Business Location, click the Brand Pages tab at the top of the page.  Make sure you are viewing in Grid view, rather than List view.

Then find your Page and click View Page, which will open the Page on Google+ with you acting as manager.



5. Click your Google+ Page's profile image in the upper right corner, and select "Settings". Make sure the correct Google+ Page name is showing when you do that.



Or click Settings on the left menu.



6. On your Page settings, go to the Third-party tools settings

Make sure you are using the "Classic" Google+ interface. If you are using the "New" Google+ interface, you will see the option to switch back to Classic.



If you do not see the "Third-party tools" section, you may be signed in as the Manager, rather than as the Owner of the Google+ Page. That means you need to switch to the Owner's Google account. 


7. Note your Google+ Page's default username, which is an @pages.plusgoogle.com address

8. Click the "Set up a password" button

9. Re-enter the password for your Google+ profile



10. On the password creation page you can now enter a password

11. You'll be taken to a page that confirms your Google+ Page's password is now set:


Set a password for your Google Brand Account and Google+ Page

Last month Google introduced Brand Account Settings  that can be accessed through your Google account settings, rather than Google My business. Your Google+ Page is on a Brand Account.


You can also add a password by accessing your Google+ Page settings from its Brand Account Details page.

1. Open your Google Brand Accounts page at myaccount.google.com/brandaccounts 
       (learn how to get to that account page)

2. Click your Google+ Page's or YouTube channel's Brand Account


3. On the Brand Account page, Click the Google+ icon


At this point you will be at the equivalent of Step 5 above. Open the Page's Google+ Settings, make sure you are using the "Classic" interface, then scroll down to Third-Party Tools to set your password.

Set a password for your Google+ Page from your YouTube Account


If you have a YouTube channel connected to your Google+ Page, it's easy to create a password starting from your YouTube account settings:

1. Sign into YouTube with the email and password for the account that owns or manages your Google+ Page and its channel.

2. Make sure you have switched to your Google+ Page-connected YouTube channel identity. You can do that at www.youtube.com/channel_switcher



3. Go to your YouTube channel's Advanced settings (www.youtube.com/account_advanced)



4. Click "Change or add password"


At this point you will be at the equivalent of Step 9 above. Enter your current YouTube/Google+ username and password, then enter your desired password for the Google+ Page.


Optional: Add a Gmail email address to your Google+ Page


Once you have created your Google+ Page's password, you should see the option to add a Gmail email to your account. 

1. From the page confirming that a password is set, click the option to upgrade to Gmail.

Note: if you have already added a password to your Google+ Page, you can start at step 2 and go to gmail.google.com

2. Sign in to Google+ using your @pages.plusgoogle.com username and password



3. On the Gmail setup page, confirm that the "current email address" for the account is your @pages.plusgoogle.com username. 

You want to be sure that you are adding the Gmail email to the correct account! Once a Gmail account is created it cannot be transferred to a different Google account and the Gmail username cannot be reused. 



4. Enter your desired new Gmail email address.



You will likely need to enter a mobile phone number to complete the Gmail account creation process.

Note that the new Gmail email will become the primary email address for your Google+ Page. The @pages.plusgoogle.com address will become an alternate email address on this account, and you'll still be able to sign in with it.


Why do I get an error message when I try to add a password?


Unfortunately in some cases it may not be possible to set a password for your Google+ Page:
  • if the Google+ Page is owned by a Google Apps account
  • it the owner of the Google+ Page is under 18 years old
There have been reports that transferring ownership of the Google+ Page to a non-Google Apps account will allow you to subsequently add a password to the Page, but there is no guarantee that will work.

If you can't set a password because you are too young, the option to create a password should appear after you turn 18.


Photo: Lock with replica key bell tower door Llanbradach church by Andrew King on Flickr, shared under a CC-By-SA 2.0 License. Text added by me.

Note: article updated 6/24/14 with links to the new Google My Business help center.
          article updated 7/13/16 with screenshots from the New Google+ (introduced 10/15) and instructions for accessing settings from the Brand Accounts Details page (introduced 6/16)


Posted by Peggy K

9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! This had been bugging me for quite some time!
    Still a bit frustrated I couldn't discover this myself ;-)

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  2. Hi Peggy, Things have changed a lot with the new G+ and the distancing of business/brand pages from G+, are these instructions still valid? The link to the page I used to use for instructions now redirects... https://support.google.com/business/answer/4570250

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    1. Roo: thanks for pointing out the help center article redirects. Things are in a bit of flux now, and I should update the article to reflect it. If you have a YouTube channel connected to your Page, the easiest way to add a password is from your channels Settings > Advanced (www.youtube.com/account_advanced). If you don't have a YouTube channel, you can still add a password starting from the Page's Google+ Settings, as long as you are using the "Classic", rather than the "New" Google+ interface.

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    2. Roo: I've updated the article with current screenshots (and confirmed it all still works).

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    3. I believe that by going to GMail while signed in to the Page account, I actually got an option to assign a 'regular' email address as username to it as well. Might be useful look into and to note as well.

      This is what I get when I go to GMail using the Page account:
      "Add Gmail to your Google Account

      Choose your Gmail address
      @gmail.com

      Your current email address
      name-12345@pages.plusgoogle.com

      By completing this form, you're upgrading to Gmail, email from Google. Gmail works on any device, blocks spam, and much more.

      You'll be able to sign in using your new Gmail address, which will become the primary email address associated with this account. We'll send account updates, invitations, and other notifications to your Gmail address.

      name-12345@pages.plusgoogle.com will become an alternate email address on this account, and you'll still be able to sign in with it.

      If you prefer, you can create a new Google Account with email, and leave this one as-is."

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    4. Oh, never mind... I see that was already on the page itself as optional step >< I guess I must've missed that the first time I read it!

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  3. gooogle fixed this, can't set pass for gooogle+ Anymore

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