Sunday, March 8, 2015

Owner or manager? Find the owner of a Google+ Page and YouTube channel

Are you signed in as the owner of your Google+ Page or YouTube channel? or are you merely a manager?  A Google+ Business Page and the YouTube channel connected to it can have up to 50 managers, but only one owner.

While managers can share posts, write comments, and upload videos it is important to be able to sign in as the owner of your of Google+ Page and channel because there are some features and options only available to owners:
Hopefully you have set up your Google+ Page and YouTube account so that you have access as the owner. But if it does turn out that isn't the case, you still have options for finding - and possibly signing in to - the owner's Google account.

Am I signed in as the Owner or a Manager?

If you aren't sure whether you are signed in as the owner of the Google+ Page or YouTube channel, check your Google+ Page's Managers settings. You can do that either starting from Google+ or starting from YouTube.

Note: if you have set a password for your Google+ Pagesigning in to your Page and its connected YouTube channel directly will not give you access to owner features. You must sign in to the Google account and Google+ Profile that is the owner of the Page.

Open the Managers settings when signed in to Google+

1. Open your Google+ Pages dashboard by clicking "Pages" or "All Pages" in the left menu, or by going to directly to

2. Click the button to "Manage" your Google+ Page. Note that both page owners and managers see the same blue "Manage this page" button

2. Once your Page's dashboard opens click the Settings gear icon in the left menu

3.  At the top of the Settings page, click the Managers tab

Open your Managers settings from your YouTube channel

1. Sign in to YouTube and click your avatar in the upper right corner

2. Click the gear icon at the top of the menu

That will open your YouTube Account Settings  (

3. On your Account settings page click "Add or remove managers"

On your Google+ Page Managers tab you will see the Owner and all Managers

Click the profile photo of the owner. Are you signed into that account?

It should be the same Google+ Profile you see when you go to 

Help! I'm not the Owner!

If you are not signed in as the owner, you will have to sign out of your current account, then sign back in to the owner's Google account to be able add or remove managers, delete your YouTube channel or perform other owner functions.

If you do not know the email username and password of the owner's Google account, you will need to figure that out yourself. Google will not provide the owner's account details to you, but there are a few tricks you can try:

Find the verified notification email(s) for the Google+ Page

1. Open your Google+ Page's settings

  • While you are managing the Google+ Page, click the "Settings" Gear icon in the left menu
  • Or if you are on YouTube, open Account Settings > Email ( and click
    "Change email preferences for comments and replies in Google+ notification settings"

2. Scroll down to the Notification Delivery settings

If the default notification email address has not been changed, it will say "Notifications are currently delivered to the page owner's notification address".

3. Click the "Change" link on the right side

4. All of the verified emails associated with the Google+ Page will be listed, and that will usually include the Google+ Page owner's email.

5. Sign in to Google using the email address as the account username. If there are multiple verified email notification addresses, try signing to Google+ with each one.

Use the Google account recovery process to reset your account's password if need be

Send a message to the Google+ Page owner

If that process is not successful, or the owner is someone other than yourself, you can try sending a message to the Google+ Page's current owner

  • make a new post on Google+ with a + mention of the Google+ Page 
  • send a private message to the YouTube channel
  • send an email message to each verified email address
In each of those cases a notification email should be sent and hopefully received and read by the owner.

Help accessing Verified Local Pages

If you have a verified Google+ Local Business Page, you have one additional option to regain ownership: Google My Business support may be able to help you regain access. See the instructions here: Someone else verified my business

Once signed in, the Owner of the account has the option of transferring ownership of the Google+ Page and its connected YouTube channel.

Posted by Peggy K


  1. Peggy, would you know how I found out the owner email address of as I want to consolidate all the videos with
    This is for my wife's which as you can see has a current YouTube link (at the bottom) to I have tried the business email address [which I can login in to] but it must be something else to login.

    1. Weemee: there isn't any way to find out the email address directly. You can try posting a comment on the channel or one of the videos and then search all your email accounts for the notification message.

      Your wife can also try the "Don't know my username" option in the Google Account recovery tool ( But to do that she does need to know other details about that YouTube channel's Google account.