How to Remove a Gmail Account From Your Android Device

Remove Gmail accounts you no longer need

What to Know

  • Open Settings > Accounts and delete the account you don't want.
  • To keep your Gmail account but stop receiving mail through it, turn off syncing in Settings > Accounts.
  • To keep your Gmail account but stop notifications, access Settings from within the app.

This article explains how to remove a Gmail account from your Android phone or tablet. The directions apply to Android versions and devices across all manufacturers, although menus and options might differ slightly.

How to Remove a Gmail Account From an Android Device

Here are the basic steps to remove a Gmail account from an Android device.

  1. Open Settings > Accounts.

    Three Android screens showing Settings icon, Accounts, then Accounts button
  2. Select the Gmail account.

  3. Tap Remove Account.

  4. Confirm with a tap on Remove Account.

    Three Android screens showing Gmail account to remove, Remove Account button and Remove Account confirmation

How to Keep Gmail But Stop Emails

If you use a different app for email, turn off syncing for Gmail or turn off Gmail notifications.

  1. Open Settings and tap Accounts, or Users & Accounts on some phones.

  2. Tap the Gmail account. You may need to tap Gmail first on some devices.

  3. Tap Sync Account.

  4. Scroll down to Gmail and tap the toggle next to it to disable Gmail from syncing to your phone. Some devices might call this setting Sync Gmail.

    Mobile Gmail Sync Account screens

How to Turn Off Gmail Notifications

To keep the Google account on your phone and receive Gmail messages but not new mail alerts, follow these steps:

  1. In the Gmail app, tap the three-line hamburger icon.

  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings.

  3. Tap the relevant account.

    Menu button, Settings button and Gmail account in Android Gmail Settings
  4. Tap Notifications > None to turn them off.

    Notifications button, None radio button in Gmail Settings for Android

Problems Removing a Google Account From an Android Phone

Although these instructions work for most Android phones, you might run into a handful of problems:

  • When you get to step four, you might need to tap the overflow menu button (the three vertically stacked dots) to access the option to remove your account.
  • If you don't see an overflow menu button, look for a physical or virtual button denoted by three vertically stacked lines. Press it when you get to step three. That should open up the overflow menu, which will allow you to remove your Gmail account.
  • If you have trouble removing the primary Gmail account—the one you used when you first set up your phone—try adding a new Gmail account, setting it as the primary account, and deleting the unwanted one. If that doesn’t work, perform a factory reset. This process will also remove all your data from the phone, so make sure to back everything up first.

What Happens When You Remove the Account From Your Phone?

When you remove a Gmail account from an Android device the right way, the process is relatively easy and painless. The account still exists, you can access it with a web browser, and you can even reconnect it later if you change your mind.

You lose access to apps and content that you purchased from the Google Play Store if you remove the Gmail account that is tied to the store. You also lose access to emails, photos, calendars, and any other data tied to that Gmail account.

On some Android devices, you can't remove a Gmail account. Instead, disable it at Apps > Gmail > Disable.

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