Untangle Gmail Accounts Linked in Your Browser

Sign out of linked Gmail accounts in just a few steps

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If you have multiple Gmail accounts that you need to log in to in the same web browser window, it's easy to link them with the "Add account" button. It's even easier to log out of them.

When you log out of one Gmail account, you're unlinking it and the others that are linked to it. You can always switch between the accounts to use them separately, but if you log out of one, the others are signed off, too.

After you unlink an account, you have to log in the next time you need access.

How to Unlink Gmail Accounts

You can easily skip forward and complete these three steps in one swoop by clicking this special logout link. Otherwise, follow these manual steps:

  1. Open Gmail in a browser.

  2. Click or tap your profile image or avatar at the top right side of the screen.

  3. When the new menu shows, choose Sign out.

Remember that signing off logs you out of the current account as well as any other Gmail accounts connected to it, meaning that the browser severs its ties to all the currently logged in accounts.

To enable easy Gmail account switching again, you have to log in to both accounts.

How to Remove the Linked Account History

After you sign out of your linked Gmail accounts, you're given a list of them to make it easier to sign back in. You can delete accounts from this list if you like.

Choose Remove an account and then click or tap the X next to any account that you want to remove. You are asked whether you're sure that you want to remove it. Press Yes, Remove.