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How to Remove Google Accounts From Your Phone and Reclaim Privacy

Ben Stegner 10-04-2018

Added your Google account to your phone and don’t want it anymore? Maybe you’ve started using a different account, never use the account anymore, or just want to quit using Google Stop Using Google Search: Here's Why Google has unrivaled access to your browsing habits. Giving everything to Google isn't such a good idea. Here are some excellent Google alternatives that still get the job done. Read More .


Whether you use Android or an iPhone, we’ll show you how to remove your Google account on your phone.

How to Remove Google Accounts on Android

Remove Google Account Android

  1. Navigate to Settings > Users & Accounts.
  2. Find your Google account in the list and tap it.
  3. At the bottom of the options list, tap Remove Account.
  4. Confirm that this will remove all information related to your account on your phone.

Because your Google account links to so much on your Android device, this will remove access to your contacts, photos from Google Photos, access to the Play Store, your email in Gmail, and more. It’s a good first step for going Google-free on your Android How to Use Android Without Google: Everything You Need to Know Want to use Android without Google? No Google, no problem. Here's a guide to going Google-free on your Android device to regain privacy. Read More , but it’s not an easy transition.

How to Remove Google Accounts on iOS

Remove Google Account iPhone

  1. Head to Settings > Accounts & Passwords and tap the Gmail entry.
  2. You’ll see your Google account information here, including what’s synced. Tap Delete Account and confirm the prompt to remove it from your iPhone.

This won’t remove as much information as the same process on Android, since you probably have your information synced to your Apple ID. But it will still remove access to your Gmail, synced contacts, Google Calendar, and more.


When you remove your Google account from your phone, you’re not deleting your Google account completely How to Delete Your Google Account That's it. You've had enough. Google knows too much about you and it's time to delete your Google Account. Read More . You can re-add your account through the same method you originally used if you change your mind. And all the information in your account is safe in your account, which you can log into from any browser.

Related topics: Google, Smartphone Privacy.

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  1. Kathy Summers
    June 19, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    How do I get past the google log in screen after I did a reset on a J7? It's a company phone that I am trying to reassign after the user left the company and it will not let me go further than the google screen. I appreciate your help!

  2. Gondal
    April 11, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Ohhh Yessss....

  3. Pierre
    April 11, 2018 at 2:33 am

    if you remove your Google account(s),
    then just how do you install any more apps ??
    - assuming that you may want to, that is . . .

    • ReadandShare
      April 11, 2018 at 4:53 am

      1. Enable sideloading for your phone (side loading simply means allowing apps outside of Google Play).

      2. Download apps - Google Play is not the only game in town. //

    • ReadandShare
      April 11, 2018 at 4:56 am

      Two steps:

      1. Enable sideloading apps on your phone.
      2. Visit alternative apps sites (Google Play is not the only game in town).

      Earlier, I provided links to both steps above; but apparently, MUO disallows postings with links?? Anyway, you can google them easily.

    • Ben Stegner
      April 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, this is correct. You can sideload apps from all sorts of other sources, but you should take care to only download from trusted sites.

    • dragonmouth
      April 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      "then just how do you install any more apps ??"
      If you want to go Google-free, WHY would you want to download any Google apps??? So that Google can continue to spy on you and harvest your data through those apps?

  4. CommandLineHero
    April 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Considering Google owns Android, going "Google free" on it pretty much cripples the device unless all you do is call and text. You won't get app (and app security) updates, and unless you're tech savvy enough to literally hack workaround software into the phone for updating apps and such, your phone is going to have gaping security holes with the apps as they become outdated. Either move to the Purism Linux phone at that point, or go back to flip phones.