How to Sign Out of Gmail (On Desktop and iPhone App)

August 27, 2019

No one likes being snooped on.

From younger siblings eavesdropping on our phone conversations to the person next to you on the train reading your text messages over your shoulder, it can be frustrating.

Thankfully, it’s easy to ensure that no one has access to your personal Gmail messages. Whether you’re using the computer at the library, a shared laptop with your family, or quickly checking your emails on a friends iPhone, signing out is simple.

Let’s get started.

How to sign out of Gmail

When you need to ensure that no one has access to your Gmail account, you could change your Gmail password, or, if you’re on a public device, you can simply sign out. Not only does signing out of Gmail boost your cyber security efforts, but it’s also simple and can be done in just a few steps.

For a step-by-step guide on how to sign out of Gmail on desktop and the iPhone app, keep reading.

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On desktop

From the Gmail main screen, navigate to your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner.

Profile Picture in Gmail

Next, click Sign out.

Sign Out of Gmail on Desktop


Related: Make your emails stand out from the crowd by learning how to change your Gmail signature to something unique.

On iPhone app

The process of logging out of your Gmail account is similar to the way you would on desktop. When you’re logged into the app, tap on your profile picture.

Profile Picture on Gmail App

You’ll then see any and all Gmail accounts you have signed into this device. Choose Manage accounts on this device.

Manage Gmail Accounts

Under the Gmail address of the account you’d like to log out of, select Remove from this device.

Remove Gmail from Device

The Gmail app will then verify you want to remove the account from this device, which will sign you out of the account.

Confirm Remove Gmail Account From Device

Sign out and carry on

Signing out of Gmail takes just a few seconds to do, but it could save yourself the heartache of someone else accessing your account and being able to read your personal emails. Or, in my case, see when all of my online shopping orders will be delivered.

Signing out forever? Check out some other free email account options. 

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