How to Sign Out of Gmail

Privacy concerns make signing out of your Gmail account a smart idea

Log Out process on website
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It's hard to miss the emphasis on internet privacy and the protection of personal information these days, which is why you don't want to sign in to any account and then walk away without signing out. It's entirely too easy and possible that someone will come along behind you and take advantage of the situation.

Take Gmail for an example. It's easy to sign in to Gmail and then forget that you're logged in. While this isn't a big deal if you're signed on to your own computer, it can be a big problem if you left your Gmail open on a work computer or one with public access. When this happens, you can remotely sign out of Gmail on any computer you're logged in to, even if you don't have physical access to it.

You can also sign off from a phone, tablet, or your computer using the regular logout option.

Sign Out From the Desktop Website

To sign out of Gmail, follow the specific steps below.

  1. Open Gmail on your computer in a browser.
  2. Click your Google profile picture at the top right corner of the Gmail screen.
  3. Click Sign out.

Sign Out From a Mobile Website

You can't sign out from your mobile Gmail app, but you can sign out from a mobile website.

  1. In a browser, search for Google.com and go to the Google website.
  2. Tap the box grid at the top of the screen to display all the Google services.
  3. Tap the Gmail icon.
  4. Tap the hamburger menu button at the top left corner of the screen (the three horizontally stacked lines).
  5. Tap your email address near the top of the screen.
  6. Choose Sign out of all accounts from the options presented.

How to Remove the Gmail Mobile App

Although you can't sign out from the Gmail Mobile App, you can remove the app entirely.

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Tap the menu button.
  3. Tap your email address at the top of the menu.
  4. Choose Manage accounts.
  5. Tap Edit and then Remove to sign out.

How to Sign Out of Gmail Remotely

To make Gmail sign you out of all sessions that may be open on other computers and devices:

  1. Open Gmail on a computer and scroll to the bottom of the page below all of your messages.
  2. Directly below Last account activity, click the Details button.
  3. Click the Sign out all other web sessions button.

Note these facts about signing out of your account from the last account activity page:

  • You will not be signed out of the current session you're using to access this option.
  • This does nothing to your Gmail password, so if another user has access to your account because they know your password or it's stored in their browser, and that's why you've logged them out, the only way to be sure that they don't get into your account again is to change your Gmail password.
  • Email clients connecting through IMAP are not signed out. For example, if you're logged on through the Gmail mobile app as well, you will remain logged on.

Revoke Access to Your Google Account

There isn't a way to sign out of Gmail using the main account on an Android. However, you can prevent the device from accessing your entire Google account, including your Gmail, which is useful if you lost the device or forgot to log out of a device you no longer have access to.

  1. From a computer, sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click your Google profile picture near the top right corner of the page.
  3. Click My Account.
  4. Find the Sign-in & Security section.
  5. Click the link called Device activity & security events.
  6. Click Review Devices in the Recently used devices area.
  7. Click on the entry for the device you want to block from accessing your Gmail account.
  8. Next to the Account access line, choose the red REMOVE button.
  9. Click Remove once more in the pop-up window to confirm.
  10. Click Close.