If done the right way, removing a Google account from your Android device is actually easy. You don’t have to worry about losing your account because you can still access it through a web browser. And if you change your mind, you can always re-install it on your mobile phone.
Before removing your Google account, consider these things first:
- If you remove Google account from Android, this also means removing access from several apps like YouTube, Google Play and Google Music, all of which are connected to your account.
- If your only reason for removing your Google account is because of those annoying notifications, you can opt to turn off sync instead so you won’t see any emails coming in to your account. Your Google account stays on your phone but you won’t be bothered by any notifications anymore. This way, you can still use your account for apps that need it like YouTube or Google Play.
- If you want to remove your Google account because you’re not using it anymore, remember that this is irreversible and apps that are connected to this account may also be deleted permanently. So, make sure that you update your email address on these accounts before deleting your existing Google account.
Here’s how to remove a Google account from your Android device properly:
- On your Android device, go to “Settings” and tap the “Accounts” menu. This may also be displayed as Accounts & Sync or Cloud and Accounts depending on the Android version on your device. It’s very important to keep in mind that you should only select the option that says Users & Accounts, Accounts, Accounts & Sync or Cloud and Accounts and not tap on Google so you can avoid deleting your account instead of just removing it on your Android device.
- You will be presented with a list of accounts on your Android and their linked apps. Select the account that you want to remove from your phone. If you have an older Android version, you may see a list of apps instead of accounts. Just go to Google and see the Google accounts linked to your phone.
- You will be directed to a screen that shows the Sync menu for your account. Choose “Remove Account.” Tap the same option when prompted again to confirm your action.
- Once the process is done, you will be directed to the previous menu where you will not see the Google account you removed from the list anymore.
While this process works for most Android users, you might still encounter a few glitches along the way. One of the most common cases is when you have trouble removing your primary Google account from your phone. This is because the account is linked to many apps since it was used to set up your Android device.
To solve this problem, you simply need to add a new Google account before removing the old one. If the problem still exists, you might need to do a factory reset. Make sure to back everything up before resetting to avoid losing data from your phone.