Reset Google Account on Android without Deleting Data

Everyone knows Gmail as it’s the best email service provider. You can associate your Gmail ID with various others Google services like YouTube, Picasa, Flickr. As Android mobile operating system is powered by Google, it makes it easy for it to sync and stay updated on your mobile with your Google account.

It’s clearly possible that you can have as many Gmail account as possible because it’s free. Last time we did a simple trick on Accounts & Sync section of adding multiple Gmail account on your Android with impacting the other Gmail account associated with your mobile. Now we would see how to remove a Google Account on your Android and keeping your personal mobile files stay intact. A hard reset would erase files which are present on your mobile phone but this procedure would help you retain those files and unassociated with a Google account.

You need to make sure that you have installed the latest version of Gmail via the Android market apps for Gmail.

Add Multiple Gmail account on Android

  • Tap on Menu and choose option of ‘Settings’.
  • From the settings go to Account & Sync.Add Gmail Account
  • Here you will see the general settings options and the manage account options. In the manage account options, you will see all the Gmail IDs associated with your phone. click on that id and you would see other services added to it for sync.Add Gmail Account
  • You would see the option like sync contacts, sync Gmail and Sync Calender.Reset Account
  • Untick them all and then click on Sign out.Reset Account
  • Confirm the sign-out step and you are done.Reset Account

Now what it does is it will automatically remove all of your messages, contacts, mails and other data on your phone associated with your ID and it will only keep the phone memory data. So this way you can remove your data easily without resetting your phone. If you want to deleted all the phone content then you can press wipe out data from your mobile phone.

42 Comments
  1. Reply Su May 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    This was really helpful, I needed to replace my phone & didn’t want to leave gmail signed on when I returned my existing phone to the store.And this solved my problem.Thanks’s so much!

  2. Reply citizenfii August 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I am using lg w620 and the instructions didn’t help me at all. I couldn’t find where to sign out.

  3. Reply Andy August 29, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I was able to solve this, at least for my phone. I am running Universe_v1.4_FF18(facebook_fix) ROM on a Samsung Epic 4G Touch. I was also getting the ‘reset to factory’ message when I tried to delete the account. I was also not seeing the ‘logout’ link mentioned in another post.

    After futzing around with this for a while, I realized there was an On/Off toggle at the top of the Accounts and Sync screen that will enable/disable sync for all accounts. Once I toggled this to the ‘Off’ position, I was able to select my initial gmail account, and remove the account by clicking the ‘remove account’ button.

    As a side note that may or may not be relevant, I had already added a second google account to the phone.

    I hope this helps someone else.

  4. Reply dana August 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    i don;t have sign out i only have remove acount and when i click remove account they tell me you have to do format and i don;t want to do format

  5. Reply Keshav Bisht July 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Well you can not delete Primary gmail this way. Two ways to do delete the primary email account are,
    1) Factory reset. Backup required
    2) Download Root explorer from android market and install the app in your android mobile. This app will help you delete the account.

  6. Reply aungthu June 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

    sir answer me

  7. Reply aungthu June 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

    sir my phone samsung galaxy fix is how sign out for google account

    • Reply adroid-hater July 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      google is cheating us.. it never allows you to sign out.. it is impossible… do not waste your time…..

      google is a big cheater, the moment you erase your gmail account it deletes all the downloaded s/w,games …etc…

  8. Reply uninterested June 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    you’re all high, there’s no “sign out” button. nice photoshop on the image btw. there’s only a remove account button and it won’t let you remove it.

  9. Reply vamsi May 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’m using sony experia neo v MT11i running on Android 2.3.4..

    i added 2 accounts the first one being google app account, other one was gmail. When i tried to delete the first one, it is displaying an alert that “other services might be using this account and cannot be deleted. if u need u can reset the phone to remove the account”.
    For the 2nd gmail account i can delete with breeze.

    I need to know how to delete the main account , else change the association to the other acount as primary so that i can delete the first account ..

    Thank you

  10. Reply shivam May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    there is no option to sign out.it shows remove account and when i click on remove account it shows that ur all data will be cleared and tell to restore factory setting. pls help me

  11. Reply lydia May 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    my phone is locked and needs my gmail adriod password but i forgot it. ho can i open it?

  12. Reply Marjorie May 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Everytime i reset password for gmail account the new password wont even acknowledge my pazsword? Whats to do

  13. Reply shivam May 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    sir how can i remove my account from galaxy y their is no option for sign out.

  14. Reply Bhatia May 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Dear Pradeep Neela,(1)I am using samsung galaxy GT-551. (2) Please let me know how to apply the update? Thanks for your quick respose.

  15. Reply Bhatia May 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I have tried several times. It is showing you need to reset the factory settings

    • Reply Pradeep Neela May 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      if message is shown then you can reset the same!

      • Reply Bhatia May 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        In my samsung adnroid mobile, calender force close once in a every month. Than unless I delete catches and clear data, it is not working. This is very difficult, becuase I loose all my future reminders. Please suggest solution to this problem. Thanks & regards. Bhatia

        • Pradeep Neela May 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

          which phone you are using? may be wait for an update or apply the update!

        • Bhatia May 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          I am using samsung galaxy GT-551. May I request you to please advice me about updation.

  16. Reply biellie May 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    hi.. Does not work. Phone says it reeds the account to run. Although there is another gmail account also installed . Any suggesties?

  17. Reply andy roid April 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Just got the new Asus tablet with ICS (my first tablet) and had the same problem. I found Account removal under Settings->Accounts/Sync and there is a little white line/bar at the top right corner. tap it and you will see Remove Account.

  18. Reply kamal April 27, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Authetication problem in sign in error in google account

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

      please check with your data services!

  19. Reply Alireza April 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    hi.I have 2 copy of nummber in my message when i want to send message i have 2 nummber from one person i reset my phone (hard RESET) but its not solve .please help me…. all of my numbers are in SIM CARD in PHONE part show only simcard Numbers , but when i want to send message i have 2 number from one person…. i delete my Google account and in ACCOUNT and SYNC part have deactivate all ticks….. i don’t know why numbers Crying Crying Crying Crying Crying still in message part. >>>>> If you want to deleted all the phone content then you can press wipe out data from your mobile phone. >>>>>> i couldn’t find wipe out

  20. Reply ing.niech April 24, 2012 at 3:45 am

    it work this like

  21. Reply collie April 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    this is titled Reset Google Account on Android without Deleting Data! Yet you conclude with ” So this way you can remove your data easily without resetting your phone. If you want to deleted all the phone content then you can press wipe out data from your mobile phone.”
    Not really what I was looking for then is it?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela April 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      yes you can reset the google account from the recovery mode!

  22. Reply frank April 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    So I understand when the dessigner of this Android functionality sign out from his workstation it will be asked to remove all his data too, right? It might be a semantical misunderstanding but I’me really able to sign out from many OS without removing my data… by the way I don’t remember my Google Docs and many other G apps are removed when I sign out from google account.

  23. Reply king March 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I have android version 2.3.4, it have option “Remove Account” only there is no option “Sign Out” in ‘Accounts & sync settings’

  24. Reply Paul March 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Can everyone on the internet just STOP saying they have solved this problem WHEN THEY HAVE NOT! For a start the above is clearly on old version of android operating system cause the background is black. We are in 2012 now.

    Everyone including me must be fed up of spending time going through peoples solutions which have just been plagarised from someone elses failed solution – and then so wise person comes on here and says the only thing that will work is factory reset. Has anyone actually done this without a factory reset….really?

  25. Reply Antaine October 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Much easier to send a backup of your data (inc apps) to your gmail account using something like ES Security, reset the phone and then just reinstall the saved data. Also much easier to clean up if you make a mess..

  26. Reply keen September 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    sorry for being noob i am just 17 and i don’t know much about the Android SW so here is my question, how can i synchronise my address book to gmail account even if my major contacts do not have google account ? I mean can i save those contact data to my gmail account if they do not have gmail account that later in future i can synchronise back to my new phone ?

    • Reply Yogesh Patel September 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Follow the above procedure you would be able to sync your contacts but make sure that you have updated your contacts on your gmail id.

  27. Reply Mojo September 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I have a 2.3.3 galaxy s2 and it sync screen for a particular account doesnt show check boxes as shown in your article. Also it doesnt let me delete google account saying its required for other apps and you need to factory reset. Pls suggest.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

      which version you are on?

      • Reply Mojo September 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

        Which version of what? I mentioned 2.3.3 for my stock android.

        Let me know.

  28. Reply bob September 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    What ver Android OS was this? The OS I have tried previously just gives the option to remove the account….have never seen it say sign out??

    Admittedly my current ROM is a custom one,

    Thanks

    • Reply Yogesh Patel September 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      its clearly shown in the above screenshot, it was stock Android. Maybe due to the Current ROM you can’t find the option.

  29. Reply venky September 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

    It’s not working on my op1 2.3.3.showing you need to reset the factory settings

    • Reply Yogesh Patel September 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      It should work.

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