Sign out (Android)

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

When you add a Google Account to your Android device, you are signed in to the Gmail app and your messages are synced automatically. You can’t sign out of Gmail without removing your Google Account from your device, which will also sign you out of your other Google apps.

However, you have several options to control access, preserve battery life, and manage Gmail sync on your device.

Add a screen lock

Prevent unauthorized access to your device by adding a screen lock such as a pattern, PIN, or password. To add a screen lock, go to your device’s Settings app and find security options.

Add separate user spaces to your tablet (Android 4.2, Jelly Bean)

If you share your tablet with family or friends, they can set up separate user spaces for themselves. You first add a new user to the tablet. Then hand it over to that person to set up the new space, just as you did when you turned on the tablet for the first time. Learn more about tablet sharing.

Adjust sync settings

To help optimize data usage, device storage, or battery life, you can adjust your sync settings.

Choose which labels to sync

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Touch Menu ( or your device's menu button).
  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 Menu ( or your device's menu button).
  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 Menu ( or your device's menu button).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose an account.
  5. Uncheck the box next to Sync Gmail.

Touch the Refresh icon Gmail Refresh Icon while viewing your inbox to sync your messages manually.

Remove downloaded messages

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

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

Use Gmail on your mobile browser

You can also access Gmail by going to mail.google.com on your mobile browser.