I have an android device (registered to my gmail account), which I want to give to someone else.

What steps do I have to take, so that the device is no longer activated/registered/linked with my email address, and can be re-activated with the other person's gmail account?

What happens with any apps installed on that device (bought using my account)? Should I remove them manually?

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You need to do a factory reset via Menu -> Settings -> Privacy -> Factory Data Reset (this may be under a different menu on newer versions of Android.) Factory reset formats your device, erasing all 3rd-party installed apps and their settings. It also dis-associates your accounts (Google, or any others you may have added) from the device, removing any synced contacts.

You may also wish to format your SD Card if you are giving it along with the phone.

Apps, books, music and videos that you purchased via Google Play Store are tied to your Google account. You will be able to re-download them to your new Android device after signing in with your Google account.

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    Thanks! I updated/clarified the question regarding installed apps.
    – M4N
    Mar 18, 2012 at 15:05
  • Edited my answer for clarity.
    – Chahk
    Mar 18, 2012 at 15:10

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