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How to Sign out of One Google Account

Learn about the benefits and disadvantages of being signed into more than one Google account at the same time on a PC and/or mobile device and how you can sign out of one specific Google account if needed.

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Many of us use Google services for various purposes, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Calendar, and so on. Sometimes, we may need to access different Google accounts for different reasons, such as personal and work-related tasks. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and disadvantages of being signed into more than one Google account at the same time on a PC and/or mobile device and how you can sign out of one specific Google account if needed.

How to Sign Out of One of Several Google Accounts

You can use multiple Google accounts on your mobile and PC simultaneously, but logging out of one Google account at a time is only possible with a workaround on the web. There Google requires you to log out of all accounts at once, even if you only want to sign out of one or two accounts. On Android or iOS devices as you can sign out of individual Google accounts separately. To help those who manage multiple accounts, we have a workaround that allows you to sign out of one Google account on any device. The tutorial below will show you how to log out from just one Google account on the web, saving you the hassle of logging out of all accounts at once.

How Google Account Logins Differ Between Operating Systems, Specific Apps and Web Browsers

If you use Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc., you might have noticed that the way you log in to your Google account varies depending on the device, app or browser you are using. In this blog post, we will explain how Google account logins differ between operating systems, specific apps and web browsers, and why these differences matter for your security and convenience.

One of the main factors that affect how you log in to your Google account is the operating system of your device. Different operating systems have different ways of storing and managing your account credentials and different levels of integration with Google services.

Windows: If you use a Windows PC or laptop, you can log in to your Google account through any web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc. You can also use the Google app for Windows 11 / Windows 10, which lets you access some Google services such as Search, Maps, News, etc. without opening a browser. However, you cannot sync your Google account settings or preferences across different Windows devices, unless you use Chrome and sign in to it with your Google account.

Mac: If you use a Mac computer, you can also log in to your Google account through any web browser, or use the Google app for Mac, which has similar features as the Windows version. Additionally, you can add your Google account to the System Preferences app, which allows you to sync your contacts, calendars, notes and reminders with Google. You can also use the Mail app to access your Gmail account without logging in to a browser.

Linux: If you use a Linux computer, you can log in to your Google account through any web browser, but there is no official Google app for Linux. However, some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Chrome OS, have built-in support for Google accounts. You can add your Google account to the Settings app and sync your files, contacts, calendars and other data with Google. You can also use the Gmail web app or the Thunderbird email client to access your Gmail account without logging in to a browser.

Android: If you use an Android smartphone or tablet, you can log in to your Google account through the Settings or Google apps. This allows you to access all the Google services that are available on Android devices, such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Drive, Play Store, etc. You can also sync your contacts, calendars, messages and other data with Google. You can switch between multiple Google accounts on the same device by tapping on your profile picture in any Google app.

iOS: If you use an iPhone or iPad, you can log in to your Google account through the Settings app or the Google app. This allows you to access some of the Google services that are available on iOS devices, such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Drive, etc. You can also sync your contacts and calendars with Google. However, some Google services are not available on iOS devices, such as Play Store and Play Music. You can switch between multiple Google accounts on the same device by tapping on your profile picture in any Google app.

Benefits of Staying Signed Into Several Google Accounts

One of the benefits of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you can easily switch between them without logging out and logging in again. This can save you time and hassle, especially if you use different accounts for different services. For example, you can check your personal Gmail while working on a Google Docs document with your work account. You can also sync your data across different devices using the same account, such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, and preferences.

Another benefit of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you can manage your online identity and privacy better. You can use different accounts for different purposes and audiences, such as your friends, family, colleagues, or strangers. You can also control what information you share with each account and what permissions you grant to each service. For example, you can use one account for your social media activities and another account for your online banking transactions.

However, being signed into multiple Google accounts also has some disadvantages that you should be aware of. One of the disadvantages is that you may get confused or mixed up with your accounts and services. You may accidentally use the wrong account for the wrong service or send an email to the wrong recipient. You may also forget which account you are using, or which account has access to which service. This can cause problems or embarrassment, especially if you deal with sensitive or confidential information.

Disadvantages of Staying Signed Into Several Google Accounts

Another disadvantage of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you may compromise your security and privacy. You may expose your accounts to more risks of hacking, phishing, or malware attacks if you use multiple devices or public networks. You may also have more passwords to remember or manage, which can be challenging or inconvenient. You may also have more data to protect or delete if you want to close or delete your accounts.

How to Sign Out of One Google Account Using Your Phone or Tablet

You can use this method to sign out of one Google account on another device which could be another phone, tablet or PC. This also works if you want to log out from a specific Google account signed into a web browser on your phone. If you want to log out from the same account on your phone, you will have to use the accounts option on your device global settings and unlink your phone from your Google account, which is not helpful in most cases.

  1. Open the Gmail app and tap your profile picture
     
    Android - Gmail App - User Icon
  2. Tap on “Manage your Google Account”
     
    Android - Gmail App - User Icon - Manage Account
  3. Switch to “Security” and tap on “Manage all devices”
     
    Android - Gmail App - User Icon - Manage Account - Security Devices - Manage All
  4. Select the device or app session you want to log out from
     
    Android - Gmail App - User Icon - Manage Account - Security Device - Manage All - Select Device
  5. Tap “Sign out”
     
    If the “Sign out” button is missing, please use another device or one of the web-browser methods.
     
    Android - Gmail App - User Icon - Manage Account - Security Devices - Manage All - Select Device - Sign Out

How to Sign Out of One Google Account via Web Browser Staying Logged in With Other Accounts

You can use this method to sign out of one Google account on another device or web browser than the one you are currently using. If you want to sign out of a specific account in the browser that you are currently using, use another device or browser, and it will work.

  1. Navigate to your Google Account dashboard and click your profile picture
     
    You can find it using the URL myaccount.google.com/security.
     

  2. Make sure to switch to the account you want to sign out from if you are currently using another one
     

  3. Scroll down to “Your devices” and click the device you want to sign out your Google account from
     

  4. Select the session/app you want to sign out from your Google account
     

  5. Click “Sign out”
     

How to Sign Out of One Google Account in Your Web Browser (Quick Method)

This method is generally the fastest one to log out of a specific Google account but comes with the disadvantage that you will need your username and password which is not the case for the other methods.

  1. Open a Google service such as Gmail and click your profile picture
     

  2. Select “Sign out of all accounts”
     
    After that you can sign in just with the one account you want to use. If you want avoid that as it requires introducing your password, please use one of the other two methods.
     

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Google Account Management

How can I prevent accidental sign-outs from my Google account on shared devices?

To mitigate the risk of accidental sign-outs on shared devices, consider setting up individual user profiles if the device supports multiple users, such as on Windows, Mac, or Android devices. For browsers, using dedicated or guest profiles can also help segregate sessions. Additionally, educating all users about the importance of signing out only from their respective accounts can further prevent accidental sign-outs.

Can I set up two-factor authentication for signing back into my Google account after signing out?

Yes, enhancing your Google account security with two-factor authentication (2FA) is highly recommended. To set it up, visit the “Security” section of your Google Account settings and find the “2-Step Verification” option. Follow the prompts to add an extra layer of security.

Is there a way to sign out of all Google accounts on a device except for one specific account?

The functionality to sign out of all accounts except one isn’t directly available. However, you can achieve this by first using the “Sign out of all accounts” option and then re-logging into the account you wish to remain active.

What should I do if I accidentally sign out of the wrong Google account?

If you mistakenly sign out of the wrong Google account, simply sign back in with the correct account credentials. If you encounter any issues, use Google’s Account Recovery process, which can guide you through various steps to verify your identity and regain access to your account.

How do I manage Google account permissions for specific apps after signing out?

After re-signing into your Google account, manage your app permissions by navigating to the “Security” tab in your Google Account settings. Look for the section labeled “Third-party apps with account access” to review and adjust permissions as needed.

Can I sign out of a Google account on a device without affecting Google Workspace or other subscription services?

Signing out of a Google account from a device disconnects that account but doesn’t directly impact your Google Workspace or other Google subscription services. You’ll retain access to those services on other devices where you’re still signed in. To continue using these services on the device you’ve signed out from, simply sign back in with the account associated with those services.

What’s the best way to manage multiple Google accounts for a team or family on shared devices?

For managing multiple Google accounts on shared devices for teams or families, setting up individual user profiles on the device can provide a personalized and secure environment for each user. On family devices, Google’s Family Link app offers parental controls and account management features suitable for younger users. For team environments, consider using business solutions like Google Workspace, which allows for centralized account management and control, ensuring each team member has access to necessary services while maintaining personal account security.

How can I check which devices are currently signed into my Google account?

To review devices signed into your Google account, access the “Security” section of your Google Account settings, and scroll to the “Your devices” panel. Here, you’ll see a list of devices currently accessing your account, along with details like device type, location, and last activity date. Use this information to monitor unauthorized access and sign out from devices you no longer use or recognize.

What are the implications of signing out of my Google account on my primary device?

Signing out of your Google account on your primary device can temporarily disrupt access to synced services like Gmail, Calendar, and Drive. While your data remains safe on Google’s servers, you’ll need to re-enter your login credentials to regain access. It’s a good practice to ensure you remember your password and have updated recovery options before signing out, especially from a device you frequently use.

How do I ensure my Google account data is safe when signing out on a public or shared device?

When using a public or shared device, always sign out from your Google account and clear the browser’s cache and cookies after your session. To further enhance security, use the browser’s private or incognito mode, which doesn’t save your browsing history or account information after you close the window. These steps help ensure that your account data remains secure and inaccessible to subsequent users of the device.

Can I automate the sign-out process for my Google account on devices I no longer use regularly?

Google doesn’t offer an automatic sign-out feature for inactive devices. It’s essential to manually review your signed-in devices periodically through the “Your devices” section in your Google Account settings. From there, you can sign out from devices you no longer use to maintain account security and minimize potential vulnerabilities.

How does signing out of a Google account affect my Google Assistant or smart home devices linked to that account?

Signing out of your Google account may disrupt the personalized services and access provided by Google Assistant or linked smart home devices. To restore functionality, you’ll need to re-link your Google account to these devices, ensuring that your personalized settings and preferences are reinstated for a seamless user experience.

What steps should I take if I experience issues signing back into my Google account after signing out?

If signing back into your Google account proves challenging, first verify your credentials are correct. If the issue persists, check your internet connection and look for any notifications from Google regarding account security or unusual activity. For continued difficulties, visit Google’s Help Center or use the Account Recovery process to address specific sign-in issues, ensuring you have access to recovery information like backup email addresses or phone numbers.

How can I manage which devices receive notifications about my Google account activity?

To control which devices receive notifications about your Google account activity, visit the “Security” tab in your Google Account settings. Adjust your preferences in the “Recent security events” or “Devices” sections to manage how and where you receive alerts about sign-ins and other account activities. This customization ensures you’re informed of important account events in a manner that suits your security needs.

Is there a quick way to sign back into all my previously used Google accounts after signing out of all accounts on a device?

After using the “Sign out of all accounts” feature, there’s no immediate method to sign back into all previously used accounts simultaneously. You’ll need to log in to each account individually, which can be time-consuming but ensures that each account’s security is maintained by requiring authentication. Keeping a secure record of your account credentials can facilitate a smoother sign-in process for multiple accounts.

Last Updated on April 21, 2024 10:37 am CEST by Markus Kasanmascheff

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.
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