How To Delete Email Accounts Off Of An Android Phone

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When you first got your Android phone, you may have gotten a little excited during the set up and added in a few of your unwanted e-mail accounts (or junk mail accounts as I like to call it) to your phone. As a result, your phone is constantly nagging you with irrelevant e-mails in your notification bar. Or maybe you just have an e-mail account on there that you no longer use. Either way, we’ll show you exactly how to delete it off of your phone whether it is POP3 or Gmail account:

When dealing with a POP3 or IMAP account:

  1. Open the e-mail app on your phone.
  2. Press menu>settings.
  3. Tap on the account that you wish to remove.
  4. Scroll to the very bottom of the screen, and hit “remove account.”

When removing a Gmail account, it works a little bit differently. First off, if you’re on Android 2.3 and below and this is your only Gmail account, the only way to remove it is to do a factory reset. Otherwise, on ICS and up, do the following:

  1. Go to your phone’s main settings.
  2. Tap on “Accounts & Sync” or something along those lines.
  3. Tap on the Gmail account you want to remove.
  4. Press menu and then “remove account.”

Before deleting your e-mail accounts, keep in mind that deleting them will stop the syncing of not only your e-mail but also your contacts and calendar associated with the account as well. It may also remove this data along with the account from your phone completely (depending on the account type).

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • rahi

    I don’t have remove account as an option on my nexus 5. The last option right at the bottom is settings for the email account its self

  • Sara

    Thanks. It helped

  • kevin

    mine doesn’t have “remove account” where the video says it will be

  • Ruth Fitch

    Many thanks – that was so easy! Much appreciated.