- On your Android phone or tablet.
- Open your device’s Settings app Google.
- Manage your Google Account.
- Tap Security.
- Under “Signing in to Google,” Verification. You might need to sign in.
- Under “Devices you trust,”,
- Tap Revoke all.
Unfortunately, you cannot remove your Gmail account from an Android device. If necessary, try creating a new Google user account. Open any app that uses Google services (e.g., Play Store), tap the menu button and select User settings or Profile > Add account > Other . Create a name for the new user account and follow the instructions on screen once you have done so. When prompted to sign in with your Google username and password, enter your credentials for the new user account rather than those of your usual Gmail address/account.
In some cases, other devices can connect to apps such as Timely, Facebook Messenger and BBM without using an email address or phone number – making it impossible to disconnect from them correctly if they share email addresses. You will need to contact your service provider for assistance in such cases.
How can I find out which Android device is linked to my Gmail account?
You can check this using the Google Account Search page at https://www.google.com/accounts/SearchLogin (see image below). Logging into your Google account details will automatically initiate a search of all devices registered with that account; you should be able to see which phone, tablet or other smart device is currently associated with the address in question. If it’s not listed there, try going back and checking each app that uses Google services individually as part of Step 1 above – if the latter doesn’t help either, then your only option is to reset your device to factory settings.
If you’re having trouble with your Android device, Google has an excellent troubleshooting guide available at https://support.google.com/android-alert/?hl=en_GB#topic=3366698 . The first suggestion on page 1 is a very good idea – try checking for software updates (if applicable), and if none are available, run a factory reset by going into Settings > Backup & reset and clearing the phone’s data cache by tapping the Reset Phone option once more under Advanced options. If this doesn’t help either, then it’s time to contact your service provider for further support.
Having trouble removing Gmail from another app? You should contact the app developer or see if their website offers any support options.
Can I use my Gmail account as a secondary email address?
Yes – you can set one up at https://accounts.google.com/AddSecondaryEmail , and it will not be affected if your primary Gmail is ever removed or disabled by Google (see top of article for more details). Because the Gmail account is considered to be an @gmail.com address, you can add complimentary accounts in your name from other providers such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, Outlook etc., but these will have a different username attached to them such as [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] etc., so they may occasionally get mixed up with each other and cause problems with certain applications.
You can also add alternative email addresses to your primary Gmail address using the + options alongside Send Email As, such as [email protected] and [email protected] in the image below. Whereas additional @gmail.com addresses can only be added on mobile devices, you can easily add an alternate @gmail.com or other address to desktop computers by clicking the pen icon next to your name at the top of any Google page and selecting Add a user associated email . Selecting Manage this identity… will allow you to remove just that secondary address from your primary account – so try removing them temporarily if having trouble with certain apps (see Step 1 above).
If you want a real secondary Gmail account with its own unique username, Google simply ask that you use the gmail.com format in your address (see screenshot below), e.g. [email protected] rather than [email protected] , so that they can easily identify genuine alternate addresses from those created by users trying to circumvent Terms of Service restrictions or spam filters.
You can also add additional email addresses on non-Android devices using the Add Another Email… option at https://accounts.google.com/AddAnotherEmail# . Selecting More options will reveal an Add a work or other email address option, which requires a username for the new account – this is what you’ll need to enter when signing up with certain services too (replacing [email protected]). You can remove an account by clicking Manage this identity… and selecting Remove under that username.
And if you want to check if someone’s using your email address before signing up for a new website or app, simply enter the email address in the Google search box at https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=gmail%40example.com and remove example from gmail (or whatever your address is) after clicking Your public profile link to see what results appear – any accounts signed up with your address will be shown there too, providing useful information such as when it was created, who owns it etc. Try this for other email addresses too! (Thanks to Redditor xsapphire-king for this tip.)
Note: There’s also a Gmail Offline Chrome extension available for downloading that lets you access your messages offline, and it stores copies of them on your hard drive as well as in the browser cache. This means you can use this method to store mail permanently by clicking Download , then selecting the Back up & sync option above the browser toolbar. (
Thanks to Redditor sfw88210 for this tip.)
I’ve only got a static IP address and/or I travel around a lot, so how can I keep using Google services?
If you have a static IP address at home or your mobile phone is the same number wherever you go, it’s possible that your location may be being tracked via your Google Location History (even if this setting is disabled) or by triangulation between cell phone towers and WiFi hotspots. So try turning off Location History , and then entering an incorrect town or postcode when prompted on other devices (as long as it’s not actually where someone else with the same Google account lives!) – this will help prevent fake localisation from having a detrimental effect on your Google experience in the future. You can also try this method for changing your country location to protect yourself from being tracked via online tracking cookies and other tracking technologies found on various websites, as well as altering search results sent by your computer’s IP address.
For more information about ‘fake’ localisation (and ways you can avoid it), see my article at https://www.howtogeek.com/100828/use-google-services-when-youre-on-the-move/.
I’ve disabled Location History on all devices now, but I’m pretty sure Google knows where I live & What do I do?
Google has responded to concerns regarding their “Location History” feature in the past by stating that the data collected by this feature is “not stored or processed on our servers”, meaning it’s not linked to your Google account and is only held on your device (unless you enable a backup option). What they don’t tell you, however, is that although location history isn’t ‘stored’ anywhere at Google, it can still be used by other features via APIs such as their geolocation search function. So if you’re really paranoid about having any kind of tracking going on whatsoever, disable all location-based services like geotagging of images (in Maps/Camera) and turn off access to third party sites etc in Chrome under https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/host-ma/hkbnejkjfeghbhmipfkocrkdmlcajdi?hl=en.
Also make sure Location Reporting is turned off under Your Google Account > Personal information > Privacy Options . If you want to ensure that none of your location history details are being transmitted or recorded, then you could also try deleting the relevant account and starting again from scratch with a new primary email address (it doesn’t even have to be unused), but I would still recommend using an anonymised email address when registering for apps and services online – see https://www.howtogeek.com/371369/how-to-create-anonymous-google-accounts/.
For more information on ‘fake’ location tracking and other nefarious uses for your data, see my article at https://www.howtogeek.com/155752/google-tracks-your-location-heres-how-to-stop/.
How can I keep my Google account secure?
To protect your privacy, you should make sure to use a very strong password (that’s long, complicated and unique) – a good way to do this is by using a password manager such as LastPass or 1Password . It’s also advisable to enable two factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible so that an SMS text message containing a one time 6 digit code is required whenever a login attempt is made using the main email address tied to this account, thereby ensuring that even if your password is compromised, the attacker won’t be able to gain immediate access.
You should also consider enabling Google’s Advanced Protection Program as this will enable you to restrict who can view or edit your email and search history, block specific apps and websites from using your identifying information (even if logged in with the correct credentials), prevent anyone from making changes to accounts linked to yours and allow you to designate trusted contacts who can help recover your account (if it’s hijacked). If anyone does manage to get hold of one of your devices, they will need a physical device where you’ve previously signed in under ‘Advanced protection’ at any time in the past – so make sure you do! You’ll find this program under https://myaccount.google.com/security?pli=1 on your account page.
1. On your Android phone or tablet.
2. Open your device’s Settings app Google.
3. Manage your Google Account.
4. Tap Security.
5. Under “Signing in to Google,” Verification. You might need to sign in.
6. Under “Devices you trust,”,
7. Tap Revoke all.