The Android platform is synonymous with Google, and as soon as you unwrap your Android phone, the first thing Google wants is for you to sign in with your Google account and sync up.
But maybe you don’t want to constantly be watched over by Google – on phone or on your PC. Or maybe your phone’s been stolen, and you want to make extra-sure no one can access your data (though a PIN should really be your first line of defense). Whatever your situation, here’s how to log out of your Google account on Android and desktop.
Sign out of Google on Desktop Browser
On your computer, the means by which you stay “always connected” to Google is through your browser.
Therefore, if you want to sign out of Google, you’ll need to open a Google service through your browser – we are using Gmail as an example – and sign out through that.
With Gmail open in your browser, click your profile icon at the top-right corner, then click “Sign out of all accounts.”
That’s it, you’re now signed out of Google in your browser, and you’ll find that when you try to open other services, like Google Drive or Google Docs, you’ll need to sign in afresh.
Sign Out of Google Account on Android Phone
The most obvious way to sign out of your Google account is on your phone. To do this, go to “Settings -> Accounts,” then tap your Google account.
Click “Remove Account” on the final screen. It will warn you that this will delete messages, contacts and other data from the phone. Don’t worry – you can always get these back should you sign in again.
Click “Remove Account” again, and you’re done!
Sign Out of Google Account Remotely
If your phone’s been stolen or if you’re concerned that you’re still signed in on old or temporary devices, you can go to myaccount.google.com to sign out of any devices remotely.
Once on the site, click “Security -> Your devices,” then click the three-dot menu icon next to the devices you want to sign out of and click “Sign out.”
That’s it. Want more help with using your Android phone? Check out how to schedule the blue light filter on your phone as well as our list of the best Game Boy Advance emulators for Android.