Help delete Gmail account without factory reset


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  1. Me_Me

    Me_Me Member

    I want to delete a Gmail Account from my phone without doing a factory reset, Is it possible?

    I had logged into Gtalk and Gmail, through one of my Gmail Id's, but I do not want to use that account as a primary account. I realize I can add as many accounts as possible to Gmail, but there is no option to add another account to Gtalk.

    I want to delete the Gmail account or atlaest be able to add another account to Gtalk, without doing a factory reset. Any help is much appreciated.

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  2. UKseagull

    UKseagull Well-Known Member

    Menu>settings>accounts & sync, tap on your google account then select 'remove account'.
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  3. Me_Me

    Me_Me Member

    I know there is an option to remove but that remove is only possible with factory reset..
  4. BookLover

    BookLover Well-Known Member

    If the account you want to remove is the master account with which you set up the phone, then yes you can only remove it with a factory reset.

    If you purchased apps you'll have to repurchase them if you factory reset and then use another master account to set up.
  5. Me_Me

    Me_Me Member

    Well, the problem is, we can have as many accounts in Gmail but not in Gtalk. The first signed in account becomes the only account on Gtalk.
    But removing any account requires a reset.

    I am hoping someone can help me remove these without really having to reset.
  6. BookLover

    BookLover Well-Known Member

    Instead of using the stock Gtalk app, install a 3rd party im app, like imo.im or ebuddy. I believe you can then login to as many gtalk accounts as you like.
  7. Me_Me

    Me_Me Member

    Wow!! So there's really no way to get rid of that?!?!


    I probably wont need to take a third party app, I think I can download Gtalk again from Google, Once I get rid of the Gtalk installed in my phone.
    How can I get rid of that Gtalk (entire application) from my Phone?

    Also, has anyone downloaded MSN on Androids, I found there were many, I'd like to know which is the best. Also, is there a voice talk facility in Gtalk or MSN Messenger on phone?
  8. titan2005

    titan2005 Well-Known Member

    Nope no way to do it without a "master reset".
  9. alegalalien

    alegalalien Member

    You can do this if your phone is rooted:
    All you have to do is use Root Explorer and go to /data/system/ find accounts.db and rename it to accounts.db.bak so I could just name it back if I had a problem instead of doing a restore. I also did a Nandroid backup.. Reboot your phone and goto settings>accounts and sync>add account and your good to go!!!!

    **I would definitely recommend doing a NANDROID backup before, just in case you delete the wrong file accidentally.
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  10. lalo450

    lalo450 New Member


    Hi. It is not necessary to root your phone/tablet

    This procedure has worked fine to me:
    Important: check that the phone/tablet is in "USB debbuging" mode


    1)connect phone/tablet

    2) run the following command on terminal on your pc


    lsusb

    it will show something like this

    Bus 001 Device 025: ID 18d1:deed

    numbers in bold are the vendor ID

    3)run the following comands on you terminal pc

    sudo vi /etc/udev/rules.d/50-android.rules


    add the following line

    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666"

    finally change permissions and restar service


    sudo chmod a+rx /etc/udev/rules.d/50-android.rules
    sudo /etc/init.d/udev restart

    4) go to the adb path (you can download in the link below: file adb_unix.rar) and run

    chmod +x adb

    5)disconect phone/tablet and run:

    sudo ./adb start-server

    6)connect phone/tablet again in debbug mode and run

    ./adb devices

    Your window terminal will show something like this:

    List of devices attached
    0123456789ABCDEF device

    It means everything is ok, your are now conected to your device.

    7) run this command to get a shell from your device:

    adb shell

    8) this is the easiest part: rename accounts.db to reset gmail account

    run the following commands:

    cd /data/system

    look for accounts.db

    mv accounts.db accounts.db.bak

    9)Reboot your phone/tablet and that
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  11. melissa1

    melissa1 New Member

    That doesnt work on my phone
  12. karthikrr

    karthikrr New Member

    lalo450, any thoughts on whether a non-google corporate account (probably microsoft exchange) also resides in the same accounts.db file???

    I borrowed my cousin's Samsung Stratosphere to try android (and nope, I am not an iphone user either, I'm more physical keyboard in hand blackberry types). He has had the phone for a month or so and it turns out he did not have a google account setup on the damn thing, only his corporate exchange account! I had no idea how @#$@#$!@#$!@#% ******ed things are going to be and blissfully used my google account when I started the Market app for the first time. Imagine my shock when the damn thing decided to sync my gmail account with his phone! I cancelled syncing, then went to the menu and disabled all sync options, then looked around the marketplace and played around a bit, finally decided Im done experimenting, time to return the phone, and delete google account, NOT WITHOUT A HARD RESET, it tells me!

    I'll probably get flamed for this, but I think this is by far the most ******ed idea I've ever come across, to NOT allow me to change accounts on the damn phone! I cannot give the phone back to my cousin in this form, nor can I hit reset now because that will mess up his corporate stuff, nor even can I try rooting the phone because again, I cannot risk ANYTHING with the phone, so I am basically screwed ... Then I found your method ...

    But, even assuming I manage to do all of this correctly, will renaming accounts.db also mess up his corporate account which is syncing with the phone currently? If it will, then what I need to do is open up accounts.db and get rid of just the google accounts! Any thoughts on this at all?
  13. babubangla

    babubangla New Member

    On my phone (Android 2.3.5): I went to "Accounts and syncs" and then selected the account that I wanted to delete from the manage accounts section. It then gives you option to either sync the account or delete the account.I was able to delete my gmail account from the phone.
  14. johnnydrako

    johnnydrako New Member

    Where do I find "Accounts & syncs"?
  15. thahim

    thahim Well-Known Member


    Thanks it was helpful
  16. komsa

    komsa New Member


    this is solution,atleast for me..........on my i9000 market was downloading app forever,after i did this,earlier mentioned,my market is ok,downloading and installing in a second and i didn't have to do a factory reset............ :) thanks again
  17. theoutlaws

    theoutlaws New Member

    There is a way to remove a gmail account without master reset you just dont know how to do it
  18. theoutlaws

    theoutlaws New Member

    That wont help out at all
  19. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    You can't do it from the Gmail app. As UKseagull said, tap the Menu button then 'System settings > Accounts & sync', long-press on the account you want to delete and select 'Remove account'.
  20. nirjharpal

    nirjharpal New Member

    hi do like this, it might help.. goto--application,--select gmail--delete the data there. all gmail data will be reset, and ur account will be deleted.
    i hope it wll help, do let me know.,
  21. chrisluger2012

    chrisluger2012 Well-Known Member

    Menu>settings>accounts & sync then tap your gmail account and then you press menu where it will show you an option of remove account.

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