I found a way to successfully keep my gmail logged in while keeping me persistently signed off to youtube. Here are my main reasons why politely requested this to google.
But before you jump on this solution, here’s the caveat:
If you want to log into your youtube account, you haveto undo these steps.
You either pick blocking youtube’s cookies all the time, or none at all. Given how my concerns above and that I would only want to be signed on to youtube to add videos(which isn’t very often) I am perfectly okay with this. You might not be though.
The original solution is found here: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/youtube/CjDZpPLV_vM
I’m reposting it here since the truth bears repeating:
How to disconnect gmail from youtube, and keep being signed into gmail:
- Go to the youtube home page.
- Right-click on the page.
- Select “View Page Info”.
- Select “Permissions” at the top.
- For “Set Cookies”, deselect “Default”.
- Select “Block”
For other browsers, the steps should be similar. The main idea is to block all cookies from youtube.com. Since I am no expert in browsers, here are links to tutorials to block cookies for a specific website using:
- Internet Explorer 9, and click on “Block or allow from specific websites”
- Safari 5.1