Sign out from Gmail on Android

There’s no option to sign out of the Gmail app for Android without removing your entire account from your phone or tablet. However, you can accomplish many of the same tasks through other actions, depending on what you need.

Note: This information is for the Gmail app for Android 4.0 and up.

Check mail from another account

Here are three ways to check mail from another account:

  • Add another account. When you add an account to your phone, you can switch between accounts without having to enter the password again. If a friend adds an account to your phone, remove the account afterward.
  • Use the browser on your phone to go to mail.google.com and check your email from there.
  • If you share a device with others, we recommend adding them as users. This way, others can sign in to their user profiles on your device using their own password.
Protect your email

If you’re worried about losing your phone or having someone read your mail, you can password-protect your device. Here’s how to set a screen lock on a Nexus device. Other types of phones or tablets have similar instructions.

Tip: If you lose your phone, you can remove access to all Google services, like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube, on that phone. If you later find your phone, you'll just need to sign in with your username and password to use Google services on it. Learn more about account permissions.

Preserve data, storage, or battery life

To help optimize data usage, device storage, or battery life, adjust your sync settings, or remove downloaded messages.

Choose which labels to sync

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Touch the menu Menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose an account.
  5. Touch Manage labels.
  6. Touch a label.
  7. Touch Sync messages.
  8. Choose Sync: None, Sync: Last 30 days, or Sync: All.

Choose how many days of mail to sync

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Touch the menu Menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose an account.
  5. Touch Days of mail to sync.
  6. Select the number of days.
  7. Touch OK.

Turn off Gmail sync

If you turn off Gmail sync, new messages will stop syncing automatically.

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Touch the menu Menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose an account.
  5. Uncheck the box next to Sync Gmail.

To sync your messages yourself while in your inbox, touch the Refresh icon Sync.

Remove downloaded messages

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Touch Apps, and then Gmail.
  3. Touch Clear data.

This will clear the data on your Gmail app. Accounts that have Gmail sync turned on will start syncing immediately. Accounts with Gmail sync turned off will not sync automatically.

You can also take your Google Account off your device. Removing the account from your phone or tablet won't delete the account itself.

Take your Google Account off your device

When you remove an account, it removes the account from the entire device, so you won’t be signed in to any Google products, like Maps or YouTube.

Note: If you’re trying to remove the original account you set up the device with, you might need to reset your phone to its factory settings. You might lose data, so check the factory settings for Nexus or do a Google Search to learn more about what might happen for other devices.

How to remove an account:

  1. Go to your device’s Settings menu.
  2. Find the section for Accounts.
  3. Remove the account. (If your device has a three-dot menu at the top right, you can find the Remove account option there.)

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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