how to remove gmail account from smart devices

You may find a good number of web or app-based email clients on the Internet. However, no email application can break the immense popularity of Gmail, a product of the search giant, Google.

Did you know that there are around 1.2 billion Gmail users around the globe?

However, there may come a time in your life when you might have to ask others, “How do I remove a Google account from my phone?” You would probably have to look around for a guide on how to remove Gmail account from a device. If this is that time, this guide will help you remove the account from your smart devices.

But let’s just stop for a while to learn the reasons that would need you to remove the account, and also the consequences that might follow.

Reasons to Remove Gmail Account from a Device

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Some who would come across this blog may wonder, why someone would want to remove the Gmail account, to begin with. After all, Gmail has a neat interface and moreover, it has the fastest email delivery and receiving service.

Well, it is not always because of any security concern a user might want to resort to the account removal process. Here are some valid reasons for the account removal.

  • One of the main reasons you may want to go through this process of account removal is smartphone upgrade and sell. If you want to sell your smartphone for a new one, you surely do not want to leave your data on your device and let anyone access it. Right?
  • In some cases, you may have to lend your phone to someone and you do not want the other person peeking into your emails or sensitive data.
  • In the event that your current Gmail account, tied to your smartphone, its OS or any application, seems not to function properly, you may want to re-add it. Understandably, you would need to remove it first before re-adding it.

The Consequences of Removing Gmail Account from a Device

For some users, removing a Gmail account may not spell much trouble but for some, it would be quite problematic. For instance, iOS users may not face any problem when removing the account from iPhone or iPad.

However, when it comes to Android users, Gmail accounts are pretty important. In fact, a Gmail account is necessary for using some applications. More importantly, the Google Play Store is usually tied to your Gmail. If you remove the account, you might not be able to access the Play Store, applications, images, emails, and more.

Another problem is that once you remove the account, you will lose all the data from your smart device. Secondly, there will be no turning back.

If you are willing to take the risk of losing all your Gmail data and access to most of the applications on your Android device, read on and learn the steps you need to follow.

How to Remove Gmail Account from Android Device

If you are amongst those users who ask others, “How can I remove Gmail from my Android?” check out the following steps:

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Archiving Gmail Data

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll and tap Accounts
  3. Tap Google
  4. Go to the Personal Info & Privacy option
  5. Select the account from the drop-down at the top
  6. Scroll down and tap Download Your Data
  7. You will be asked to select the browser to proceed
  8. Keep all the options selected and tap Next
  9. You will be asked to set the email where you wish to receive the email with the archived data in a zip file.

Remove Gmail Account from Android Device

  1. Go to the Settings on your Android device
  2. Navigate to Accounts and tap it to access the accounts list
  3. Tap the Gmail account you want to remove
  4. Tap the Menu (the three vertical dots)
  5. Tap Remove Account to proceed
  6. A confirmation popup will appear with Cancel and Remove Account
  7. Tap Remove Account to permanently remove Gmail from Android device

How to Remove Gmail Account from iOS

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Here are the following steps through which you can wipe out Google account or Gmail from your iOS device:

  1. Go to the Gmail application on your iOS device
  2. Tap the Menu icon
  3. Go to the Manage Accounts
  4. Tap Edit at the top of the app
  5. Tap the Remove button on the account you want to remove
  6. Tap Remove the second time when it asks for permanent removal confirmation

How to Remove Gmail Account from Vivo V5/V5 Plus

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Removing Gmail from your Vivo V5 or V Plus is slightly different than other Android devices.

  1. Navigate to and tap the Settings icon on your Vivo home screen
  2. Scroll down and tap Accounts & Sync
  3. Tap Google to open the list of accounts
  4. Tap the Account you wish to remove
  5. Tap the button on the left side of the Home button on your Vivo phone to open more options
  6. Tap Remove Account
  7. When confirmation pop up appears, tap OK to proceed

How to Remove Google Account from Other’s Device

If you have ever used your Gmail account on someone else’s device, you don’t need to worry if you forgot to delete the account from that device. Luckily, you can remove the account from other people’s device remotely. Here’s how:

  1. Open up your Chrome Browser and log into your Gmail account
  2. Click the Menu (the six dots icon) and go to My Account
  3. Click the Sign-in & Security tab
  4. Go to Device Activity & Notifications from the panel on the left side
  5. Under the Recently Reviewed Devices, click the Review Devices
  6. Click the device from which you want to remove your Gmail account
  7. Click Remove and click it again on the confirmation popup

How to Delete Gmail Account Permanently?

In case you wish to close your Gmail account permanently, check out the following steps:

  1. Open up your Chrome Browser and log into your Gmail account
  2. Click the Menu (the six dots icon) and go to My Account
  3. Click the Account Preferences tab
  4. Navigate and click Delete Products and sign in again if you are asked to do so
  5. Click the Delete Icon and follow the instructions
  6. Finally, click Remove Gmail

You now know how to remove Gmail from a device and the consequences or problems. If you still wish to proceed, then follow the steps mentioned above.

An information security analyst in the making, a father of an adorable kid and a technology writer. He can be found lurking around top network security blogs, looking for scoops on information security and privacy trends.

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