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How to sign out of Gmail on a computer or a smartphone

On: December 12, 2020

Gmail, the free email service developed by Google, is one of the most popular email services in the world. It is estimated to have over 1.5 billion users in the world and since the pandemic started, Google services have become indispensable for a lot of users.

Also Read: How to login to Gmail account on a phone or a computer

We’ve already explained how to log into Gmail on your computer or a mobile device. You would have noticed how easy Google makes it for its users to log into the email service. However, the search giant does not have a straightforward approach when it comes to logging out of the service, at least on the mobile side.

Before we get to log out procedure, it is important to understand what makes Gmail such an important service. While email is getting replaced by direct messaging, Gmail goes way beyond email. The efficient tie-up between email and other services like Docs, Sheets, Google Drive, Photos among others makes Gmail a tool that adds tremendous value to user experience.

The icing on the cake is that anyone can create a Gmail account for free and get enough data to use the account forever. Back in 2019, Google announced at the I/O developer conference that there are 2.5 billion active Android devices. Most of these devices would be using Google account and thus Gmail, so here is how these users can sign out from Gmail.

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How to sign out of Gmail on mobile

Google makes it extraordinarily difficult to log out from Gmail on smartphones running Android or iOS. There is no one click button called “Sign Out” or “Log Out” for Gmail on Android or iOS. Google itself notes that the only way to sign out from these smartphones is to remove the account altogether. Here is how you can do that on Android or iOS:

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To log out from Gmail on mobile, you need to remove the account

  1. Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad or Android phone or tablet.
  2. Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner.
  3. Tap on Manage accounts on this device.
  4. Now choose the account you want to remove.
  5. Tap on Remove Account or Delete Account option at the bottom.

There is another way to accomplish this quickly on Android:

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You can also remove your account from Settings

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll to Accounts and Sync or User Accounts depending on your device.
  3. Tap on Google if your device classifies accounts based on apps.
  4. Now choose the account you want to remove.
  5. Tap on Remove Account or Delete Account option at the bottom.

Google users should know that removing the account only removes it from that particular device. You will still be able to use it on your other devices. When you remove an account, it removes the account from all the apps on that device.

So, when you remove your Google account, you will be signed out from Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Photos, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and other applications. This option is effective when you want to remove your personal information from your device.

How to sign out of Gmail on a computer

On a computer, the process is much easier and all you need to do is find the sign out option and click on it. As always, if you log into your Gmail account from a shared computer, we recommend you always sign out at the end of your session. Here is how to sign out from your own computer.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner.
  3. Click Sign Out.

How to sign out of Gmail from another computer

Suppose you log into Gmail from another computer and forget to log out. Google gives you the option to log out from that device as well. Here is how.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click on details at the bottom right corner.
  3. Now tap on Sign out all other web sessions.

Lastly, Google lets you use multiple accounts on the same browser using multiple sign-ins. In such a case, you can switch between them instead of signing out or select the account that you want to sign out.

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