Here’s a quick tip on something very simple that I could not figure out for the longest time. One of those bugs that was somehow thought to be a feature at some point in the development process over at Google. Too busy not doing evil, I guess…
The graphic above is very straightforward and familiar to anyone who uses more than one Google account. Easy to add or remove accounts, right? The tricky part is that if you are logged into any of these accounts then you will not see the “remove” button. Instead, it will look like this (with just “add an account”):
Add and Login to Remove?
In other words, to remove an account you have to log out of a different account but it doesn’t tell you which account you are logged into. And to find this page in the first place you have to “Add account” from the top right menu – so you have to add an account and then log out of an account in order to remove an account.
There are many ways to end up on this page I suspect – jumping between Google services such as Adwords or Google Analytics, for example. These are some of the URLs that will bring up the “Choose an account” list:
How to log out? visit accounts.google.com/logout and Google will log you out — then the remove button will be visible.
Some of the keywords I tried to find an answer online:
- How to remove a Google account from your list of accounts on the “Choose an account” page?
- How to remove sessions from Google accounts?
- Google account +remove button missing
If you have never seen this interface it might be helpful at this point to know that once you can see the “remove” button then it’s very simple: click the “remove” button and ‘x’ any accounts that you want to remove from the list. This will not delete accounts of course, just remove them from the saved list. See the “Choose an account” picture at top.
Update 10/2014: Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive feedback on this post — seems like it’s been helpful to many people.
Update 11/2015: It’s super simple to set the default Google account. You just have to log out of all the accounts and then first one you log in, is the one which will be the default, and then the next account you log in to will be the secondary account(s).