How to remove Google account from Samsung Galaxy s4

I recently recycled (read dug out of retirement for second phone use!) a Samsung Galaxy s4, and I wanted to remove a heap of old Google accounts, but, having updated Android, the option was nowhere to be seen.

It took me a long time to figure out how to do this, so I’m posting here for anyone stuck in a similar situation.

To remove a Google Account from Samsung Galaxy s4

  1. Go to settings
  2. Click “Accounts”
  3. Select “Google” (you probably already did this, but bear with me!)
  4. Click the account you want to remove – it will show you sync options, but no remove button in sight…
  5. Bottom left of your phone, next to the main button, there’s a menu button (opposite side to the “back” button) – hit this
  6. This will reveal 2 options, one of which is “Remove account” – hit this
  7. A confirm screen pops up – confirm that you really want to remove the account… and wait
  8. Its gone!

Please leave a comment below if this helped you today. After it took me around 2 months, I suspect you might have been looking a while for this setting!

36 thoughts on “How to remove Google account from Samsung Galaxy s4

  1. Spent ages attempting to remove old Google account from phone. Couldn’t find it anywhere, thanks for the heads up.

    1. Thank you for this! I was getting rather frustrated!

    2. Brilliant – thank you! Scratched my head for a long time on this one.

  2. Thanks so much! Couldn’t find correct instructions anywhere else.

  3. Thank you thank you thank you!! Apparently even Google doesn’t know how to remove an account. I’ve been trying for weeks to figure it out and what Google says to do ain’t worth a shit!! Thanks man!

  4. Very good knowledge. Thank you.

  5. This helped me☺

  6. Thanks so much, spent weeks looking for this.

  7. Thank you!!! Super easy helpful..

  8. Took me forever! Big thanks to you!!!

  9. Thanks! Instructions all over the Internet are wrong. Even from Google itself. What’s the matter with that? Thank you, my hero.

  10. Thank you very much. I a returning an old handset for a small refund against the cost of a new phone and their instructions to remove accounts was not complete. You have saved me hours of research!

    Thanks again, Clive

  11. WOW. I have spent hours trying to delete an old account. HOURS!!!!
    I saw this and it took me a few seconds.
    Thank you!

  12. thank you. These things seem to be made deliberatly obscure. Maybe not. Maybe just oversights. But thank you for making it clear. I would never have copped that myself

  13. Thank you thank you…was getting so frustrated…

  14. You are a star! problem solved, thank you so much.

  15. Is there a way to remove the account if the menu key is broken?

  16. Thank you, it pisses me off..

  17. Thank you, spent whole night trying to remove old account

  18. Thank you so much! It was generous of you to share – I’m grateful. That “caution” icon was really bugging me!

  19. Thank you!! I was getting soo frustrated, I was close to giving up then I saw your note and it worked! I compared it to the exclamation mark you get in your car but you just ignore it. I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Thanks again!!!

  20. My wife’s email (POP) on her PC stopped working so I changed the password and got locked out because her tablet and smartphone (IMAP) were trying to sync her inbox. Every time I changed the password this happened until I realized that other devices were causing the problem by pounding in the old password so I tried to delete her email account on her Galaxy S4 and was ready to take the battery out of it when I found your post. All the other posts I found said to tap ‘remove account’ and none even suggested that you need to use the left button to find. Thank-you again for saving my sanity.

  21. Yes, it helped a lot.
    Tysm. It’s really difficult to find this option.

  22. You are amazing! Thank you so much. My son and I are so grateful

  23. Thank you so much! 🙂

  24. I almost gave up

  25. Helping me to recycle the S4 phone for other uses, Thank you.

  26. Similar situation, so thank you!! (my Samsung Galaxy S4 was well made apparently, and the case helped too )

    And of course, it’s simple and obvious now that you explained it.

  27. I literally spent 2 hours trying to do this. All the youtube videos and instructions online showed how easy it was to find the remove button that I did not have. Thanks!

  28. Thanks, that info saved me alot of frustration.

  29. Thank you so much!!
    I have also wasted lots of time trying to find it. Your post was a wonderful help

  30. Can’t tell you how much you got me out of a hole! This was driving me mad. What a convoluted way to do this – so non-intuitive. Thanks for posting.

    Cheers

  31. Ur a Life saver friend stay safe

  32. Thank you so much for this, this helped me out so much.

  33. Thank you very much. God, dang it. The use of “menu button” is not intuitive. Even with 10 years of IT support experience, I was frustrated. LOL.

  34. Legendary… thank you so much!!
    Why do they do that? Hide those options that we really need.

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