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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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44 Comments

  1. 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!

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

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

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

    thanks so much for this! it worked for me 🙂

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

    THANK YOU!!!!! HOW SIMPLE

  5. 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.

  6. 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”

  7. 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. 🙁

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

    Thank you!!!

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

    THANK YOU.

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

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

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

    This saved me so much time!!! THANKYOU!

  12. 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…

  13. 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!

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

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

    Thank you!!!

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

    You are a god amongst men/women

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 🙂

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

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

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

    Awesome article! THANK YOU!

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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…?

  26. 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!!

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

    Many thanks!

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

    simple, elegant, and it worked!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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

    Best article EVER

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

    Really appreciate your work.
    Thanks!!

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

    YEEESSSSSS. Thank you. Wow, that was hard.

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

    Thank you!!

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

    Thank you!

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

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

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

    Thanks for the really exhaustive post!

  38. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

    This has been extremely helpful, thanks 🙂

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

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

  43. 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!!

  44. Posted April 27, 2020 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    The easiest solution is to use Samsung Email app. Next to every email address in the drop down
    list is an x. To remove the address, click on the x. This removes that address from Samsung
    Email app but not from Gmail. I am disappointed that Gmail has not provided such a simple
    solution. However, I am not surprised because Gmail is not user friendly. Furthermore, the
    ‘Gmail methods’ would not remove all of the bad email addresses. Some addresses I could only
    remove in the Samsung Email app. I thought the option ‘Gmail/Setting/Create contacts for
    autocomplete/I’ll add contacts myself’ would let me start from scratch, but it does not. And,
    what is the purpose of ‘Other Contacts’. Also, with the ‘g Gmail methods’, you will have to fix
    every Gmail account.
    This problem has existed for years. Gmail could fix this problem. The simple solution is: for
    deletion put an x next to every item in the autocomplete list. For addition put a checkbox next
    to every email address in the Contact list.

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