Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email 230 230 people found this article helpful How to Sign out of Gmail Privacy concerns make logging out of your account a smart idea By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated February 23, 2020 Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email While it's fine to stay logged in to Gmail on your own computer or phone, for security reasons it's best to log out after using it in other places like a public computer or someone else's phone. Staying logged in to Gmail on a device that others could expose your account to unauthorized access. For example, if you use your Gmail account to sign up for bank accounts, online shopping websites, and so on, anyone who has access to the Gmail account can reset passwords and access those accounts. This scenario could even play out without your knowledge. If you do forget to do it after you use Gmail on someone else's device, do it remotely. You can even stop a device from using your Gmail account if it gets stolen or lost. How to Log out of Gmail's Desktop Website Log out of Gmail on a computer in two simple steps. In the top-right corner of Gmail, select your profile photo or initials. At the bottom of the menu, select Sign out. To sign out of another account you're logged into, choose that account in the menu, then repeat the steps above. How to Log out of Gmail on Mobile If you're using Gmail through the mobile website, the steps for logging out are slightly different. From Gmail.com, in the top-left corner of the screen, tap the hamburger icon (three horizontally stacked lines). At the top of the screen, tap your email address. On the bottom of the screen, tap Sign out. Optionally, remove the Gmail accounts from the list of accounts that were just logged in. After signing off, tap Remove to select the accounts you want to delete from the page. How to Sign out of the Gmail Mobile App Signing out of Gmail from the mobile app requires that you remove the account from your phone or tablet. Note that this doesn't delete your Gmail account, it just removes it from your phone until you log back in. From the Gmail app, tap the hamburger menu on the top left. Tap your email address at the top, and choose Manage accounts. On the Accounts screen, tap the toggle switch for any accounts you want to remove from your mobile device. The account can be turned back on for the Gmail app at any time with this same method. How to Sign out of Gmail Remotely Logging out of Gmail remotely is a great idea if you've accidentally left yourself logged in on a public computer you no longer have access to, like in a library or school. The same screen for logging out of web sessions is also useful for seeing from where your account has been accessed recently, including the apps that have access to your Gmail. You will not be signed out of the current session you're using to access this option. Open Gmail on a computer and scroll to the very bottom of the page below all of your messages. Click or tap Details on the bottom right. It's right next to a sentence that reads "Last account activity: <time>." Select Sign out all other web sessions from the resulting pop-up window. 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, from the Recently used devices area of your Google account 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. From a computer, sign in to your Gmail account. Select your Google profile picture near the top right corner of the page. Select Google Account. Select Security. Scroll down to Your Devices, then select Manage devices. Select the entry for the device you want to block from accessing your Gmail account. Next to the Account access line, select REMOVE. Select REMOVE once more in the pop-up window to confirm.