When you have set up your Google account in your android, everything on your phone is now synced to that account. This includes your contacts, calendar, emails, app lists and so on. Now, if you buy a new smartphone or when you are giving your old phone to someone else as a gift you would want to delete or remove your Gmail/Google account from that phone. This primary Google account removal procedure can be a headache especially if you are new to Android.  The most common questions related to this issue include “How to remove Google account without factory reset ?” This is because many users will get the following message  when they try to remove their Gmail account  from settings:

Remove Google account from Android without factory resetThis account is required by some applications. You can only remove it by resetting the phone to factory defaults (which deletes all your personal data

Don’t worry there is a simple way to remove your Google account from Android without factory reset. Follow these steps:

Method 1:

  • First, try going to system settings >> accounts
  • Then select your Google account.
  • Fnally press menu and select “Remove account”.
  • If that didn’t work try the following Method 2:

Method 2:

  • Open Root Explorer or similar File browsing app on your android.
  • Open data/ system folder and delete“accounts.db”.
  • If you can’t find the .db file, Go to /data/system/ sync delete “accounts.xml”.

Note: You should open the data folder inside your Android’s root or primary location. You will not find the system folder inside the data folder of your Android’s external SDcard.

Many Google Store related android error fixes require your Google account to be removed and added back. The above steps to remove Google account without factory reset can come handy so that you can continue downloading your apps and games from the Google Store without errors. If you have any specific query for “how remove Google account from Android” then comment below with you device model.


    • Use File expert app with root access and remount SYNC folder with “write” permission, then you will be allowed to delete the file.

    • Usually, what will work is disabling and then re-enabling all of the Google services. However, this time Google Play Services was greyed out and wouldn’t disable. I noticed that if you remove the Google account before setting up Airwatch (or from what I’ve read before setting a device PIN) it lets you remove it.

  1. Have an S4 with Eclipse ROM where the Google Store was just not working properly any more. This solution worked great! Saved me from doing a factory reset. Thank you 🙂

  2. Had this error redownloading Game of War… Fixed it by going to system settings>> accounts>>select your Google account>>press menu and select Sync… after Syncing I reopened Playstore and downloaded and installed the game without a problem.

  3. i got a samsung galaxy note 4 but i did a hard reset on it after it is asking me to enter previously account but it’s wasn’t for a freind who bring it to me he don’t know this account also how are sombody can help me please?

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  5. Won’t work for me, I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830i (It’s quite old, 2011 I believe.)
    I really need to remove an account without deleting the photos and videos on the phone, help..?!

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