Forgetting to log out of Gmail on an unknown computer can pose a huge privacy risk. Fortunately, it is easy to log out from a device that you no longer have access to. Here are four ways to sign out of Gmail.
Log out of Gmail on the web
To sign out of Gmail on the web, open the Gmail website in the browser you signed in to. Then click on the Google profile icon in the top right corner of the window and select the “Sign Out” button.
(If you are signed in to multiple accounts, this button will instead show “Sign out of all accounts.” You must sign out of all accounts as there is no way to selectively sign out of multiple accounts from this page.)
And you will be immediately logged out of the browser.
But the browser still remembers your email address (but not your password) to help you log in quickly. If you are privacy conscious, it is best to delete your account completely from the browser.
In the “Choose an account” screen, click the “Delete an account” option.
Then click the red delete icon (a minus sign in a circle) next to the account.
In the popup, click the “Yes, delete” button to confirm.
Your account will be completely removed from the browser.
Sign out of the Gmail app on iPhone and iPad
There are two ways to log out of the Gmail app for iPhone or iPad. You can pause your Gmail account, or you can delete it completely from the device.
Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad and tap your Google profile icon in the top right corner of the screen.
In the menu that appears, tap the “Manage accounts on this device” button.
You will see a list of all accounts added to your device. To temporarily disable an account, tap the switch next to the account name.
To log out of the device completely, tap the “Remove from this device” button.
Confirm in the pop-up with the “Delete” button.
Gmail will now completely log out of the account. Tap the “Done” button at the top of the Manage Accounts page to return to the Gmail home screen.
Log out of the Gmail app on Android
The Google account (along with Gmail) is closely related to the Android operating system. And the only way to sign out of Gmail is to sign out of the full Google account on Android.
To log out of the Gmail account on Android, you must use the Settings app. The settings interface may differ depending on the Android smartphone you are using, but the steps are the same.
The Gmail app has a handy shortcut to directly open the Accounts page in Settings. Open the Gmail app on your Android smartphone and tap the Google profile icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap the option “Manage accounts on this device”.
This will open the “Accounts” screen in Settings. Tap the Gmail account you want to sign out of.
Then tap the “Delete Account” button.
In the popup, tap the “Delete account” button again to confirm.
The Google account will be removed from your Android smartphone and you will also be logged out of the Gmail app.
Remotely log out of Gmail on a lost or missing device
You can use the device manager in your Google account to sign out of a device even if you don’t have access to it. If you lose your laptop or smartphone, this option will come in handy.
Open the Gmail account in your browser, click on the Google profile icon in the top right corner and choose the option “Manage your Google account”.
Select the “Security” tab, then click the “Manage Devices” button at the bottom of the “Your Devices” section.
You will now see a list of all devices currently signed into your Google (and Gmail) account. Find the device you want to sign out from, click on the menu button (three dots) and choose the option “Sign out”.
In the pop-up, click the “Logout” button to confirm.
Your Google account will be logged out of the specified device. Repeat these steps with any other devices you want to log out remotely from.
Now that your Gmail account is protected from prying eyes, take a moment to secure your Google account. Just running a security audit and enabling two-factor authentication will work wonders when it comes to protecting your Google data!
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