My mother gave me her MI phone with android. It has her gmail account. I want to replace it with my gmail account. How can I do this? I looked at Settings -> Accounts -> Google, but did not find there any way to replace the account.

Even better: is there a way to "format" the phone, so that I can start from a blank phone and directly enter my gmail account?

  • Why format? Simply factory reset the phone and start afresh
    – beeshyams
    Jul 8, 2018 at 10:44
  • You can not change the account but remove it. You already were at the correct place, just select the Google account to be deleted and open the menu in the upper right corner. There you can delete the account.
    – Robert
    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:08
  • @Robert When I go to Settings -> Accounts -> Google, I do not see the account name (maybe there is only a single account?). I see "My Account" title, then "Sign-in & Security", "Personal info & privacy", "Account Preferences"... In the upper-right corner menu I see "Clear app data", "Usage & Diagnostics" , "Oper source Licenses", "Show debug items", "Help & feedback" Jul 8, 2018 at 11:21
  • You are in "Settings -> Google" not "Settings -> Accounts -> Google". When you see the synchronization settings of your Google account you are at the right location.
    – Robert
    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:33
  • I did not find Settings->Accounts - I only found Settings - Other Accounts. There, I found Google, and Indeed I see the account the be deleted, but, I do not see any menu in the upper-right corner... Jul 8, 2018 at 11:36

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My phone is mi5 pro running MIUI 9.5 Android 7 In the settings menu go to Sync > scroll down > click add account > enter your Google account

Step 2 is to delete the existing mothers account. Sync > Google > select moms account > gear icon on the bottom > remove account. enter image description here

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