I REALLY hate Google sometimes
I tried to log into one of my Gmail accounts today that is associated with my youtube channel and Adsense account as well. Also, it has the analytics account for one of my websites going back 10 years I haven't been actively working on my sites, but I have almost 900 subscribers to my channel. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it's not like it's just five subscribers either.
I type in my password and Google asks me for my security question since I have a new phone. On the top of that I moved and I am in a completely different state. Well I have a really vague security question that I can't remember the answer to it. I don't think I ever set up a recovery email for it because I didn't think I would ever need it as long as I had the password.
The stupid thing about this entire thing is I still have access to the email itself because my phone is configured to download the email from the account. Google in their infinite wisdom lets my phone download the email, but they won't let me log into the same email account USING THE SAME PHONE with a web browser. This just blows my mind.
The only thing I can try is to dig through hold drives and hope I can boot one of them up that has an old cookie on it. Even then, I'm not sure it will work. I just really want to punch every single Google employee in the face right now.
Learn from my mistake and put a recovery email and phone number on your google account if you don't already have it setup. Also, make sure you know the answer to your google account security questions.
It appears there is a way to recover a Google Analytics account. I'm going to give it a shot and see what happens. Maybe it'll help to unlock the entire account?
I started the Google Analytics account recovery process at this link:
I basically had to chat with a Google representative and provide them with the UA-ID and email address that was on the account. I had to upload an analytics.txt file to the root of my domain and reply back with URL of the file from the email address I want them to add to the account. They are escalating the issue and will be calling me back in 24-48 hours.
I did some additional research and I might be able to do an account recovery after all:
I'm going to wait until after I finish the Google Analytics thing before I attempt to recover the entier account.
I have access to Google Analytics account now. I need to research if it's possible to do the same thing with my Adsense account. I'm think it would be pretty easy to verify that sense they sent me payments to my bank account. Also, it's linked to my Youtube account. Maybe if I get access to my Adsense accounts that's enough to prove I'm the owner of the Youtube account.
Edit #4 - I was able to log into my Gmail account this past Thursday, 1/14/21. I waited about five weeks from my previous attempt hoping that it wouldn't prompt me for my security question. However, it still prompted me. I tried guessing the answer to my security questions waiting 5 - qp seconds between every attempt. This seemed to prevent me from teiggering the dialog that I attempted to many passwords in a short period of time. I successfully guessed the answer to my security question after my tenth try.
I'm extremely happy to have access to this account because I xan start uploading Youtube videos again without habing to start from scratch. I'm anout 140 subscribers and 3500 watch hours away from being sble to monetize my channel sgain, but I have high hopes that I'll reach rhose milestones rather quickly once I start posting videos again.