When you manage or eliminate your Android device access to your Google account, you may not be able to access Google services. For example, doing this will make your Android device restricted to use Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services or apps.
You may need to add another Google account to your existing Android device or get a second Google account already signed in. You can manage the access remotely, but it is recommended that you have your equipment ready. The process of removal is irreversible, so make sure your device does not need accessing your Google Account.
As mentioned, you can turn off Gmail syncing instead. This will stop Gmail from updating your inbox on your device and leave your account available for you to use elsewhere.
Why is it a good idea to manage or remove Android device access to your Google Account?
The habit of upgrading a smartphone or Android device is common for many people. This makes it critical to secure their Google account. The combined account tools which Google provides can allow you easily keep track of those devices still having access to your account.
Also, it informs which ones to remove that are no longer have in your possession. Performing this process from time to time makes sure you gain complete control and visibility on which your Android devices are connected to your Google account.
Method-1: Manually manage and remove Android device access to your Google Account:
This method would not wipe the device remotely, so you would either require an Android device manager or perform it manually.
Step-1: Go to My Account. You can reach there from the app grid present on the new tab page of the Chrome browser.
Step-2: In this step, scroll down to ‘Sign-in & security’ and then go to ‘Recently used devices.’
Step-3: Tap on the Review devices to see what devices are having access to your Google account.
Step-4: You can touch on a particular device name if you wish to see when it was previously synced with your Google account. Press a big ‘Remove’ button to remove the access.
Method-2: From the Settings menu:
Step-1: First of all, access the Accounts menu on your phone. Based on the version of your Android device, you can have Accounts & Sync or Cloud and Accounts list in place of an Account menu.
Step-2: Now open the main app menu, click on the Settings icon, and choose the Accounts, Accounts & Sync, or the Cloud and Accounts menu.
Step-3: Your device will show up a list of accounts and their related apps already present on your phone. Now tap on the Gmail account which you want to remove.
Step-4: In the next screen, you can access the Sync menu for your Google account, or can remove the account.
Step-5: Now tap on ‘Remove Account.’
Note: If you are using an older version of Android, you might not see the ‘Remove Account’ option. In those cases, look for the overflow menu. This menu comes with three vertical dots. Tap on this icon to finally see the opportunity for removal.
The problem you may face and solution:
In a few cases, you may find it difficult to remove the primary Gmail account from your Android device. This is the account that was used when your phone first set up. It is important to remember that this account is connected to many apps, for example, the Google Play Store.
If you face problems while removing your primary Gmail account, first, you have to add a new Gmail account. If this fails to work, you should perform a factory reset. By doing this, it will remove all data from your device, so make sure you first perform back up.
Managing and removing Android device access to your Google account is essential to keep your device performing efficiently. Whether you use a new or old version of Android, the above methods will help you out.