How do I sign out of Google on Android?

Signing out of your Google account on an Android device is a straightforward process that only takes a few taps. It’s important to sign out of Google if you are using a shared device or want to switch accounts. Signing out removes access to Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and other Google services tied to that account. Here are the step-by-step instructions for signing out of Google on Android.

Open Settings

The first step is to open your Settings app, which is where you manage all your device and account settings. There are a couple ways to open Settings:

  • Swipe down from the top of your screen to open Quick Settings, then tap the gear icon to open Settings.
  • Find the Settings app icon, which looks like a gear, and tap it.

Go to Accounts Section

Once you have Settings open, you need to go to the Accounts section. Here are the steps:

  1. Scroll down and tap Accounts.
  2. On some Samsung devices, you may need to tap Accounts and Backup > Accounts.
  3. On Android 11 and higher, Accounts will be under User & Accounts.

Tap Google Account

In Accounts you will see a list of the accounts set up on your device. Tap on your Google Account to bring up more options.

Tap Remove Account

You should now see a screen with your Google Account’s info and options like Security and Privacy & Personalization. To sign out, tap Remove Account at the bottom.

Confirm Removal

On the next screen, tap REMOVE ACCOUNT again to confirm you want to sign out of this Google Account. Your Android device will immediately sign you out of all Google services.

You Are Now Signed Out

After tapping REMOVE ACCOUNT again, you will be signed out of your Google Account on the Android device. You will need to add your Google Account again or sign in with another account to access Gmail, Google Drive, and other services.

What Happens When You Sign Out of Google?

Signing out of your Google Account on an Android device removes access to many key Google services that rely on your account info and syncing. Here are the main effects of signing out:

  • You will no longer be able to access Gmail until you sign in again.
  • You will be signed out of Chrome and lose access to your browsing data like bookmarks.
  • Google Drive files will be inaccessible until you add your account back.
  • You won’t be able to view or sync photos/videos through Google Photos.
  • Contacts, calendars, and other data synced to your Google Account will no longer update.
  • Android Pay will be disconnected from your account and payment info.
  • The Google Assistant will revert to a more generic experience.
  • YouTube will revert to a default non-personalized account.

Essentially, most Google services that customize your experience using your Google Account info will revert back to defaults until you sign in again.

Why Would You Want to Sign Out of Google?

There are a few key reasons you may want to take the time to fully sign out of your Google Account on an Android device:

  • You are using a shared or public device and want to protect your private info.
  • You are selling your device and want to wipe your data and accounts.
  • You want to switch Google Accounts and access services like Gmail and Drive with another account.
  • You need to troubleshoot account syncing issues or want a “clean slate”.
  • You don’t want some Google services like YouTube tracking your viewing history and recommendations.

If you just want to switch accounts, you can simply add another Google Account in Settings without removing your main account. But fully signing out provides the cleanest slate.

How to Sign Back Into Google After Signing Out

Once signed out of your Google Account, signing back in is easy. Here are the steps:

  1. Go back to Settings > Accounts.
  2. Tap Add Account > Google.
  3. Enter your Gmail address and tap Next.
  4. Enter your password on the next screen and tap Next.
  5. After verifying your info, your Google Account will be added.
  6. Open Gmail or YouTube and you will be signed back in automatically.

All your Google Account data like Gmail, contacts, and Google Drive will sync and become available again once you complete these steps to sign back in.

How to Switch Google Accounts

If you want to access Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services on your Android device with another Google Account, you don’t necessarily need to sign out completely.

You can just add another Gmail address in Settings > Accounts. After adding the new account, you can switch between accounts for different Google apps:

  • Open Gmail and tap your profile icon to switch accounts.
  • Open YouTube, tap your icon > Switch account.
  • Open Chrome, tap your icon > Switch accounts.

This saves you from having to sign in and out fully. The quick account switching makes it easy to access Google services with multiple accounts on one Android device.

How to Recover Data After Signing Out

After signing out of your Google Account, all the Google services will immediately stop syncing data like Gmail emails, contacts, and photos. But don’t worry, you won’t lose anything by signing out.

When you sign back in with the same Google Account, everything will start syncing to your device again automatically. Just give it some time after signing back in for everything to restore.

If you don’t see some data restoring, you can manually sync:

  • Open Gmail and swipe down to sync for new emails.
  • For contacts, open the Contacts app and tap ≡ > Refresh.
  • For calendars, open the Calendar app and tap ≡ > Refresh.

All your Google data is still safely stored in your account even if you sign out. Signing back in just reconnects everything.

How to Permanently Delete Your Google Account

If you want to permanently delete your Google/Gmail account and all its data, signing out on your Android device is just the first step:

  1. Sign out of Google on all your devices.
  2. Go to your Google Account settings page (google.com/account).
  3. Select Data & Privacy > Delete Products > Delete your Google Account.
  4. Follow the instructions to download your data.
  5. Click Continue to Account Deletion > Delete Account.

After going through this full account deletion process, your Gmail address will no longer work and all data like emails will be permanently deleted from Google’s servers.

Troubleshooting Tips

Follow these tips if you’re having trouble signing out of your Google Account on Android:

  • Make sure you tap Remove Account when signed in to confirm signing out.
  • If you have multiple users set up, switch to your profile before signing out.
  • Check that you don’t still have other Google accounts signed in.
  • Force quit Google apps like Gmail if you were already logged in.
  • Clear app cache/data for Google apps if needed.
  • Restart your Android device to complete the sign out process.

Signing out and back in can help troubleshoot account and sync issues. Just remember your data is always preserved in your Google Account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is all my Google data deleted when I sign out?

No, signing out of Google just disconnects your Android device from your account. All your Gmail, contacts, Drive files, and other Google data remain safely stored in your account.

Can I sign out of just one Google service like YouTube?

There is no setting to sign out of individual Google services. You have to sign out of your entire Google Account to be signed out of Gmail, YouTube, etc.

What about Google Photos – do my photos get deleted?

No, your photos and videos in Google Photos will still be stored after signing out. You just can’t access them until you sign back in.

If I reset my Android, will that sign me out of Google?

Yes, resetting your Android device to factory default settings will sign you out of your Google Account and delete all local data.

How do I sign out of Google on iPhone or iPad?

On iOS devices, go to Settings > tap your name > Tap Sign Out. This will sign you out of Google services on that device.

Can I use Android device without a Google account?

You need a Google Account set up during initial Android device setup. But you can remove it later and use Android apps without signing into Google.

Conclusion

Signing out of your Google Account on an Android device is simple – just tap Remove Account in Settings. This disconnects that device from your account until you sign back in again. It’s handy for switching accounts, maintaining privacy on shared devices, or troubleshooting issues with Google services.

Just remember that signing out does not delete or remove any of your actual Google data. Your Gmail, contacts, Drive files, and other data will still be waiting for you when you sign in again on any device. So you can confidently sign in and out of Google on your Android without worrying about losing anything important.

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