I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android upgraded to 5.0.1. There is a GMail account added that I've linked in order to install a specific application (Google Domain Policy) and now I want to remove that account in order to pass the phone to my co-worker.

I've gone to Settings -> Accounts and the account is listed there (as a Google account). I can tap that and get to privacy and sync settings but I can't see any option to delete the account. I've tried tapping, tapping and holding, double-tapping, swiping and everything else that happened to cross my mind but to no avail.

How on earth do I remove that account from the system if there's no delete option visible?

Settings -> Accounts After clicking on "Google" account

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  • /data/system/users/0/accounts.db keeps the web accounts info. Remove the account entries from that file, restart and the account would be gone from Settings -> Accounts. This definitely needs root access.
    – Firelord
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 22:54

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I have spent weeks looking for a solution to this and finally this post helped me! It was so far from obvious and it felt like Google wanted me to keep the account by force lol.

Anyway, what I did was go to Settings > Accounts > Google, clicked the account I wanted to delete, the Sync menu option opened and this is where I always got stuck. Through this, I realized I had to press and hold the menu button on the bottom left side of my S4 to get another menu pop-up with the options of canceling sync or deleting the account.

Finally! Hope this helped.

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    Mine has no menu button. The following worked for me on a Galaxy Tab: 1st: Settings > Accounts > Google > Sync. 2nd: Disable all syncing. 3rd More > Remove Account. Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 1:05
  • Thank you this solve my problem. Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 12:15
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    Nice. But with latest 5.0.1 update, you must tap on bottom left button and not hold it.
    – djibe
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 14:40

In order to remove an user account you need to perform:

  1. Go to device settings (As shown in the question).
  2. click on accounts Tab (3rd in the option list).
  3. Click on Google Account (select the account which you wish to Remove).
  4. First you need to Stop Sync (As done in question "synchr. wylaczonaa").
  5. On Samsung devices these options are shown by pressing and holding the Left soft key beside home Button.(shown using red mark in image below).
  6. Click on Remove Account.

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I would suggest read the above steps and you are good to go.


  • It didn't work exactly the same way as in your link but it pointed me in the right direction. I had to go to Settings -> Accounts, then tap the Google account, then press the 'menu' button at the bottom of the phone and only there I have found the 'delete account option'. Probably logical but totaly unintuitive, at least for me (I don't use Android, so I'm not used to its different quirks). In Android 4 on identical phone it was much, much easier. Thank you, anyway, you've pointed me to the solution.
    – Erathiel
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 14:55
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    This answer doesn't work.
    – Lynob
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 20:19
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    Please explain the steps in detail, I've undeleted this since you seem willing to do so. Thanks. Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 16:08
  • You have to single tap left button. Not press and hold! Commented Oct 20, 2019 at 20:20
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    Thanks, it save my life.. Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 9:52

Setttings- Accounts-Google- Tap the account you want to remove- it will open sync settings for that account- tap the bottom left touch button of your phone (out of three touch button in the bottom, the right one which resembles 3 horizontal parallal bars)- a menu will be appear (sync now and Remove account)- tap remove account.


I just tried several times and finally found the solution with my s4 to remove the GMAIL account.

Settings ---> Accounts----> Google------> select the account need to be removed it will be redirected to sync settings click menu touch on bottom of the phone select----> remove account


This might help. You need touch on menu icon i.e in lower left corner to see sync now an remove account.


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    Might want to outline the steps in your answer in case the video becomes unavailable.
    – Huey
    Commented Aug 15, 2015 at 3:58

I tried all of the above but nothing works, my phone doesnt have the menu button on the bottom so there was nothing to click on, but here is how i did it.

Settings > Accounts > Tap on Google > Search > Accounts and Privacy > Sign Out

very very cumbersome but finally figured it out! should have been easier than this.


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