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Remove main Google account from Android without doing a factory reset.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by alegalalien, May 17, 2011.

  1. alegalalien

    alegalalien Newbie
    Thread Starter

    This worked on my ally running 2.2 Froyo with Cricket flash---Its good for those of you needing to change your primary Google account and dont want to lose any flashing or apps---I only lost the emails and contacts from the primary account so I suggest you back them up if you want to keep them.

    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!!!!

    *You can use AntTek Explorer instead of Root Explorer--its free:)
    **I would do a NANDROID backup before, just in case you delete the wrong file accidentally.

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  2. death2all110

    death2all110 Android Expert

    Nice. Thanks! But should be moved to the all things root section. Mods?
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  3. swc2001

    swc2001 Android Expert

    Man I could have used this several times. Thanks.
  4. swc2001

    swc2001 Android Expert

    Ok as fortune would have it I had to use this trick recently with my wifes phone recently.

    So I did it worked great.
    The only problem is now it is occasionally asking on both my phone and hers

    Google talk authentication failed. It has my email address under it.

    How do I point her phone to her google talk whatever thingy-majig? :(
  5. alegalalien

    alegalalien Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I would try uninstalling google talk and all its associated data and than reinstall. Remember to back it up first. Let me know if that works :)
    I would do that with all the google apps installed, just make sure not to delete any OS necessary ones of course lol. If your wary of doing the above, just goto Settings/ Applications/ Manage Applications/ Gtalk and clear data-clear cache-clear defaults. Than go open Gtalk and start that app from scrrrratch yay
  6. death2all110

    death2all110 Android Expert

    GTalk is required by the system...
  7. remicks

    remicks Well-Known Member

    I've removed GTalk from multiple ROMs at the kitchen level and had no issues.
  8. tuxcomputers

    tuxcomputers Lurker

    I have Android 2.3 on a HTC Desire HD, I installed AntTek and looked in the /data directory, it's empty.

    Any other ideas?
  9. irina1312

    irina1312 Lurker

    thank you worked like a charm!

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