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How to remove a Google account from “Choose an account” page list

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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 account - no remove

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

More links:

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).
Details: osxdaily.com


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  1. Posted March 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ari. This blog post answered my question fast and clearly.

    • Posted June 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      THANK YOU ARI!! I agree 1Googleplex percent with Mr Matthew!

  2. Posted March 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    what a god send…
    i thought was going crazy as i couldnt find out how to get rid of some old accounts.

  3. Posted April 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Helped a lot and straight to the point for an answer!

  4. Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Thank u… 🙂

  5. Posted June 9, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this. I spent a solid 20 minutes trying to figure it out. Who decided that was a good design?!

  6. Posted June 22, 2014 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    I am frustrated by this for ssssssssssoooooooooo loooooooooonnnnnngggggggg.

    Google devs were not too sober when developing this feature.

    DH

  7. Posted June 25, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Boy isn’t it easy when it’s easy – but not a second before! Thanks for the help.

  8. Posted July 3, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this, it was driving me crazy. I noticed over 3 months have passed since you wrote this, so it looks like Google is not planning to fix it.

  9. Posted July 20, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Thnx… i lost hours of my time trying to find HOW TO DO THIS.

  10. Posted August 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I did it, thanks to you! I still don’t understand, but at least I got rid of what I wanted gone! Thanks.

  11. Posted August 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I hate Google. I’ve been trying to find this answer off and on for months.

  12. Posted August 31, 2014 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Above is my first email address that automatically sends received messages to my Prime
    Email which is {removed}
    I can’t get into above rvtravel address to read my received emails as an old email keeps coming
    up as my premier email.
    I have had this problem occur quite often and sometimes I fix it myself but not this time.

  13. Posted September 1, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I brought a tab from pawn shop and they didnt reset and I need to no how to remove this account. Help!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Posted September 3, 2014 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much indeed, this was driving me barmy!

  15. Posted October 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much. this was %$##$@ me for weeks

  16. Posted October 3, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    We were able to do this, but when we go back into the browser the account reappears. No matter how many times we remove the account it always shows up. Anyone have a solution for that? Thanks!

  17. Posted October 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Eureka! I take it that clicking the button gives you the option of which account to delete? Or does it automatically delete all accounts on the list?

    • Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:07 am | Permalink

      yes, it gives you the option of which to remove….

  18. Posted October 28, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thank You!

  19. Posted November 1, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot …..

  20. Posted November 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU! Google is fucked up, really…

  21. Posted November 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for.

  22. Posted November 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    This post was very helpful. Now, does anyone know how to choose which email address to use as the default when logging in? I have 3 accounts in the dropdown list when I start typing to enter the email address to sign in and there is always one address already in the form box when I start typing.

    It used to work perfectly, it used to always save the email address I log into the most as the default address for login, but now that most used one is third on the list and I have to select it instead of it just being pre-filled in the form field.

    Anyone know how to select one account address to be the default?

  23. Posted December 12, 2014 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I deleted my Gmail account
    But it is still in my list of choosing account
    Fuuuuuuuuiiiuiuuuuygrsddckgdss

  24. Posted December 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch for this! I’ve been trying to get rid of old accounts from that list for months, and it was driving me crazy!

  25. Posted January 6, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    THANK You! You are the first one to explain it clearly.

  26. Posted January 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! The multiple accounts have been driving me crazy!!! This is exactly the answer I was looking for.

  27. Posted January 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks heaps.

  28. Posted January 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    The “remove” button does NOT remove the accounts listed on the page on this computer. (And we really are going crazy!) It is a “shared” computer on our Ref Desk so different folks want to log in.

  29. Posted January 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and also we cannot log in to our gmail accounts from there now either! Sad! 🙁

  30. Posted February 12, 2015 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks, helped a lot.

  31. Posted March 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    thanksssssssssss

  32. Posted March 22, 2015 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks from Germany for this hot tip, mate!

  33. Posted March 22, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I am having this same problem, multiple accounts showing up in the list when I login. But there is no Remove button. There is also no Add Account button. Just a Create an Account button, which does just that (takes you to a create a new account page). Do I have a different version of Gmail or what? How do I get to the Remove button?

  34. Posted March 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ari. I followed your instructions and deleted a linked account but it hasn’t solved the bigger problem that began the moment I first linked two gmail accounts. Maybe you have some insight on this. I decided to link them because I was tired of having to log in and out of two different accounts and Google seemed to promise an easy solution. HOWEVER, the secondary account was the one connected to my blog, my YouTube, and my Picasa accounts, and the moment I linked the secondary gmail address to the primary one I lost access to these through the simple login process. Now, when I click on the secondary address, it shunts me onto the primary account where Google has thoughtfully set up brand new YouTube, Picasa and Blogger accounts for me with none of my previous content and no way to get to it. The only way I’ve been able to get to my original YouTube, Blogger, or Picasa is to go through Google’s recovery sequence and do a password reset. Thankfully I can at least do that. But as soon as I log out, access is lost again. Google is absolutely silent on this problem and I know there are thousands of us in the same boat. I’m ready to just ditch Google and all of its products even if it means losing thousands of photos in Picasa albums, and hundreds of YouTube videos. Nobody seems able to address this problem, least of all “Liz” from Google, who only chimes in when she wants to. Do you have any idea how to solve this problem? Thanks!

  35. Posted April 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I have two computers with both configured the same, e.g., Windows 7 with both Firefox and Chrome browsers. On one when I access my Google Accounts, all accounts I had created are still displayed for me to “choose an account.” This is great!

    On the other computer, there is no repetition of my accounts and I must entere them again. Not so great!

    What do I need to do to have my created accounts continue to appear from session-to-session when I sign in?

    Thanks

  36. Posted April 4, 2015 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Super, super helpful. Thanks very much!

  37. Posted April 10, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this!!

  38. Posted April 13, 2015 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks… it seems like more & more often Google breaks things when they try to “add a feature / make things better”. 🙁

    Better is the enemy of good enough.
    If it ain’t broken beware of fixing it.

    Where’s the “Send $’s for a helpful answer” button? 🙂

    thanks again for the solution

  39. Posted May 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi google This emai account is invalid for me and I signed out once but also is choose and account.

  40. Posted May 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I found this on the internet, and it works.

    When you go to the sign in page,
    1. select (but do not open) the account you wish to delete.
    2. hit the Down arrow. This brings up the account name below in the password space
    3. hold down the Shift Key and hit Delete. This removes the lower username.
    4. highlight the original name again
    5. hold down the Shift Key and hit the Delete Key again. That removes the offending name!

    • Posted June 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      interesting. anyone else try this?

      • Posted August 11, 2015 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

        Tried this – success!!!!!!

  41. Posted May 8, 2015 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately, this won’t work for me. I have several old accounts listed every time I go to access my Gmail, but these accounts themselves have actually been cancelled. The remove button is visible, but when I choose one of these old accounts, it is no longer visible. Any ideas?

    • Posted June 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Follow the instructions I posted on May 5, 2015. They should work.

      • Posted June 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        Thank you. I did follow your instructions and they worked perfectly!

  42. Posted June 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!!

  43. Posted June 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Gracias amigo

  44. Posted July 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this small tip that helped me to solve a problem which has been bugging me

  45. Posted July 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Great tip, it saved me from viewing there an account of a friend who only logged in once, about one year ago!

  46. Posted July 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much!

  47. Posted July 31, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you! I have been trying to do this for a month now! Ahhh!

  48. Posted September 14, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Thank You!!!! A LOT!

  49. Posted September 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much, this is the #1 Google search result for “how to remove google account from sign in” and it totally solved this utterly unintuitive procedure. Thank you.

  50. Posted October 2, 2015 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Thank you! This has also plagued me for months!

  51. Posted October 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SO much

  52. Posted October 15, 2015 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    I had two accounts, one for work, one personal.
    Left work, but the work account was still there, marked as default, and I could not remove it, because the “remove” button was not present.

    The solution: I had to create a third account, log into that 3rd account, log out, go back to the sign-in page and … voila! Now I had access to the “remove” button, and I could remove the old work account.

    • Posted June 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Nice simple efficient correct answer!!

    • Posted August 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      This is Precisely what I had to do in order to remove the old accounts from my list. Thank you so much to all who contributed to this response. Cheers.

  53. Posted October 20, 2015 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    You just type https://accounts.google.com/logout into the address bar and it will log you out and the remove button will be visible.

    • Posted December 10, 2015 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      I can’t even thank you enough for this simple trick. I posted a thank you to the general thread but it was your comment that took care of it. THANK YOU!

    • Posted April 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so very much!

    • Posted May 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      I have a corporate Google account and the main solution in the article didn’t work, however this method did. So thanks !

    • Posted June 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      OMG!!!! Worked like a charm! Thank you so much!

    • Posted September 11, 2016 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      THANKYOU!

    • Posted November 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      Brilliant solution! Thanks!

    • Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:22 am | Permalink

      Thank you! You solve my problem.

  54. Posted October 30, 2015 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy and I couldn’t figure out how to remove other accounts on my laptop! Genius!

  55. Posted November 6, 2015 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    OMG. You’ve made my day, my week and maybe even my year! At some point my son logged in using his school Google account on one of my laptops (or I did it trying to access something school-related). Ever since, *his* login was the default on my devices and I couldn’t figure out how to remove it. I had even posted to a Google forum about this with no success. Then today I decided to try again to resolve this and I found your article. It worked!!! My son has been banished from my login page! Thanks so much!

  56. Posted November 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Helpful, thank you.

    I am still not sure if removing this will actually separate out all those accounts.

    I created a new gmail account for a group project I’m involved in. Although the password is obviously different, it seems that when I gave access to my colleagues to the new account, they also had access to private emails which were in the other account!

  57. Posted December 10, 2015 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    WOW! Thank you so much Gergely. So simple, and it works! In one short sentence, you provided the perfect, easy solution I’ve been looking for. Thanks again and good wishes!

  58. Posted December 10, 2015 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I could write that all day and it still wouldn’t be enough. (Have I said “Thank you?”)

  59. Posted December 14, 2015 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks. It worked.

  60. Posted January 8, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Inane software prompts… “Remove” is a verb, but the “Remove” button doesn’t remove anything. It just allows you to “Select Accounts to Remove From This Screen”, after which you must select “Done” (not a verb, by the way) to take the action. Have any of these software programmers taken a basic English class?

    BUT kudos to Ari for posting this blog for all of us who can’t figure out how to “speak Google”. Much appreciated!

  61. Posted January 20, 2016 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Great. Thanks.

  62. Posted January 20, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks it worked.
    https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin went here and logged out then I arrived at a page which prompted me to Removed accounts.

    Thanks.

  63. Posted January 23, 2016 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Wow, after a looooong search i finally found what i needed. Thank you SO much!

  64. Posted January 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Thx a lot dude … and thx to Gergely for the direct link

  65. Posted February 1, 2016 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Mate, thanks so much for this!!!

  66. Posted February 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I have an older samsung galaxy s4 that just got a huge update. I have 3 gmail accounts on my phone and want to get rid of 2. Any ideas as I can’t get a remove button to appear.

  67. Posted February 19, 2016 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    i hadn’t seen the red hint above but once logged out of ALL accounts, the remove button appears. great tip, thanks!

  68. Posted March 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    OMG! You’re a lifesaver… I couldn’t figure it out for nothing! LOL

  69. Posted March 8, 2016 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    thanks so much for this! it worked for me 🙂

  70. Posted March 27, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU!!!!! HOW SIMPLE

  71. Posted April 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Google had their own search results for this question I’ve been having for several months. I just left it because I could never figure it out. No one wants their ex’s email address linked to their computer… I appreciate this post SO MUCH.

  72. Posted April 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Perfect! Thanks for writing this up!
    Top search result for me googling: “remove accounts from google login”

  73. Posted April 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Anyone ever run into the problem where the remove account button doesn’t do anything? I can see it making the normal “click” movement when I click on it but nothing happens. 🙁

  74. Posted April 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!!!

  75. Posted April 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU.

  76. Posted April 18, 2016 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Oh…wow. I’d NEVER have worked that out.

  77. Posted May 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    This saved me so much time!!! THANKYOU!

  78. Posted May 11, 2016 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I kept telling my mother to use an Incognito tab but she wouldn’t listen…

  79. Posted May 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Original date of post is 2014, but this is STILL the best, clearest, easiest advice – that works!

    Thank you!

  80. Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I am still having the problem of seeing my username in the field where email address is. Even after I removed it, it still shows that at one point I logged into Gmail.

    How do I delete this?

  81. Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    you are a life saver. I spent hours on google forums and blogs, but of no use, until I bumped into your website – that, for some reason, doesn’t come up high in terms of relevancy. I think it’s intentional.

  82. Posted June 1, 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!!!

  83. Posted June 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    You are a god amongst men/women

  84. Posted June 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Wanted to say thank you to the person whom placed the link for the sign out of account which show the REMOVE ACCOUNT Button. Thank you for providing this and support!
    Genovieve

  85. Posted July 12, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    thanks you so much! It took me forever to find this. I couldn’t figure out why I only had add account, not manage!!!!!

    -Life Saver

  86. Posted July 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    You are a God amongst men/women.
    You make Chuck Norris seem useless.
    You should be POTUS and Chief of the UN yesterday.
    Thank you 🙂

  87. Posted July 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    it’s not working on my computer. any alternative ways?

  88. Posted July 29, 2016 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Awesome article! THANK YOU!

  89. Posted August 1, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    This works perfectly. Thanks so much for the clear explanation!

  90. Posted September 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s not a bug (why would you think that it is?) Google inteltionally does this in attempts to keep accounts merged.

  91. Posted October 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I have a disabled gmail account that pops up as default and I can’t log into it to remove it…..can’t figure out how to do this…?

  92. Posted October 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Praise God for this post. I had so many old emails I could never figure out how to delete them in the log in page. Thank you for sharing!!

  93. Posted October 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks!

  94. Posted November 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    simple, elegant, and it worked!

  95. Posted December 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so so much.
    You solved months of my headache.
    May god bless you for this.

  96. Posted December 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Very nice!!! T’hank you, I have been searching for hours how to remove the accounts from that list.

  97. Posted February 7, 2017 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Best article EVER

  98. Posted February 11, 2017 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Really appreciate your work.
    Thanks!!

  99. Posted February 21, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    YEEESSSSSS. Thank you. Wow, that was hard.

  100. Posted February 28, 2017 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you!!

  101. Posted March 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

  102. Posted May 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    This article totally fixed something that’s been bugging me for months!! Thank you!! 🙂

  103. Posted May 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the really exhaustive post!

  104. Posted May 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Ok! Thanks again for the update 11/2015: This was my second questions. Seems you have all answers of my early morning questions.
    I definitely think that Google philosophy is: if a workaround exist, why develop a new code?

  105. Posted August 5, 2017 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    It works !
    Thank you very much !
    Have a great day wherever you are !

  106. Posted October 30, 2017 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  107. Posted November 27, 2017 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    This has been extremely helpful, thanks 🙂

  108. Posted March 20, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! That was driving me bat-S crazy!! 😋😁

  109. Posted January 8, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! Several of my students had to use my laptop for presentations last semester due to the lack of appropriate hardware to connect their computers to our projector. I had almost a dozen different sign-ins saved in that list and it was driving me nuts! Thank you!!

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