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While setting up my HTC Hero phone, I have entered my gmail account in the setup. But now I want to remove it (I don;t want to change with another account). How do I do it ?

I have searched a lot on Google and everywhere I found that I have to do factory reset but this is not my favoured option.

If there is another way, please let me know.

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A factory reset isn't so bad. I recently did one. –  Al E. Aug 30 '11 at 12:42
    
@AlEverett: a factory reset wipes your data, and if you have no way to backup it than I wouldn't call it "a good thing". –  Lohoris Feb 15 '12 at 8:12
    
Of course it does. Aren't you backing up to the cloud? –  Al E. Feb 16 '12 at 1:39
    
You could try this: support.google.com/mail/answer/4570255. It describes the steps to change the accounts associated with your android phone. Hope it helps. –  VMars Oct 26 at 13:27

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What do you mean, by 'delete it' exactly? Your phone needs to be linked to a Google account, no matter what (as far as I know). If you do wish to change the "main" Google account your phone is linked with, a factory reset is the way. I've had to do it myself a few times.

If you just want to stop receiving Gmail notifications, go into Settings > Accounts and uncheck the "sync" option for the account you no longer wish to have Gmail sync with.

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Yes, factory reset is the only way to get rid of the main linked Google account to your phone. –  Bryan Denny Nov 2 '10 at 13:34
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Android devices don't need to be linked with a Google Account.. –  Sachin Shekhar May 30 '12 at 0:42

Easy! No Factory Reset Needed.. Go to Settings>Accounts&Sync>Then Click the google account you wanna delete(this also applies to the main account)>then press MENU soft key>then Delete Account

That's it!

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That works perfectly. The MENU button is the little three-square-dots icon in the upper right corner. –  BGM Jul 24 at 15:17

Simply change the password of your Google account using your laptop and afterwards your Android will scream that he needs the new details and will let you enter a different account

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Are you sure it will scream for username also? –  roxan Nov 20 '12 at 4:04

There are ways to do it without a factory reset. However, depending upon the phone, it may not work without being linked with a Google account. I'm not sure about the Hero one way or the other. See here.

Another option is that you could just create a dummy Google account, then never use it.

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Just use Erazzer (requires root).

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When I pass my phone to other family member, I tried many times to change from my Google account to another Google account. So far, I know of none, except remove current Google account and then set different Google account. Please note, when you remove the Google account, everything (including all the app) in the phone will be gone, and the phone is reset to factory original condition. Please also note, you can also add another account to your Android. That means your phone will have multiple accounts, but Android always use the first account you entered as default.

To remove Google account: - settings - Applications - Manage Applications - left click - Filter - select filter option - mark "All" select "google Apps" tap "clear data" button tap "your account must be updated" now enter your new Google account info. Reboot.

In another Samsung Galaxy 3 i8700, to reset Google account, all I need is: - settings - Privacy - Under "Personal Data" - Factory Data Reset - erases all data on phone. You will remove current Google account. Then, re-enter another Google account in: - settings - Accounts and Sync - "Add Account"

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