So you‘ve decided it‘s time to delete that old Gmail account from your iPhone. Maybe it‘s an account you no longer use, or you want to protect your privacy by removing unneeded logins.
Whatever the reason, removing a Gmail account from your iPhone can help simplify your inbox and ensure emails, contacts, photos and other data are no longer accessible on your device.
But what exactly happens when you delete a Gmail account from your iPhone? Will all that data be lost forever?
Not to worry! In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through how to fully remove a Gmail account from your iPhone using three different methods:
- Settings app
- Gmail app
I‘ll also explain in depth what occurs with your data when you delete the account. The good news is that while the information is erased locally from your iPhone, it remains safely stored in your Google account online.
Here‘s what I‘ll cover:
- What happens to emails, contacts, photos and app data when you delete a Gmail account
- Step-by-step instructions to remove a Gmail account using Settings, Gmail, and Safari
- How to re-add a deleted Gmail account
- Permanently deleting a Gmail address from Google
- FAQs on impacts to data and reversibility
Let‘s start by looking at what exactly happens when you delete a Gmail account from your iPhone.
Here‘s What Happens to Your Data When Removing a Gmail Account
Before diving into the how-to, you probably want to know – what will happen to all my emails, contacts, photos and other information associated with that Gmail account?
Here‘s a breakdown of how each type of data is impacted when you remove a Gmail account from your iPhone:
|Data Type||What Happens When You Remove the Gmail Account|
|Emails||Emails downloaded to your iPhone from that Gmail account will be deleted. However, your emails will remain fully accessible in the Gmail account online.|
|Contacts||Contacts synced from that Gmail account will be erased from your iPhone. But the contact information will continue to be stored in your Google Contacts online.|
|Calendar Events||Calendar events synced from that Gmail account will disappear from your iPhone calendar app. Yet you‘ll still see those events when viewing your Google Calendar on the web.|
|Photos||If you back up your iPhone photos to that Google account, they‘ll be removed from your camera roll. But you can view all those photos by accessing your Google Photos library online.|
|Notes||Any notes synced from Google Keep will be deleted from your iPhone. However, you can log into Google Keep on the web to view them.|
|App Data||Data from apps connected to that Google account, like app settings and game progress, could be wiped from your iPhone. Be sure to back up any app data you want to preserve.|
The key takeaway is that removing a Gmail account disconnects that account from your iPhone. So data is erased locally from the device. But since the account itself still exists in Google‘s servers, all your information remains accessible by signing into that Gmail account on the web.
Next, let‘s look at how to fully delete a Gmail account from your iPhone using the Settings menu.
Method 1: Removing a Gmail Account from Your iPhone Using Settings
If you use the default Mail app on your iPhone for your Gmail account, you‘ll need to delete it through the Settings menu.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Open Settings on Your iPhone
From your iPhone‘s home screen, tap the Settings app icon to launch it.
You can also access Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen to reveal the search bar. Type "Settings" and tap it when it appears.
Either method will open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Go to Contacts in Settings
In Settings, scroll down and tap on Contacts.
Step 3: Tap on Accounts
You should see a number next to Accounts indicating how many accounts are connected. Tap on Accounts to open the account management screen.
Step 4: Select the Gmail Account You Want to Remove
You‘ll now see a list of all accounts synced to your iPhone. Tap on the Gmail account you want to delete.
This selects the account and opens the account details screen.
Step 5: Delete the Gmail Account
With the account details open, scroll down and tap Delete Account.
A confirmation message will appear. Tap Delete from My iPhone to confirm and finalize the deletion.
That‘s it! The Gmail account is now removed from your iPhone. All account data like emails, contacts and photos will be erased locally.
Here‘s a quick video summarizing the steps to delete a Gmail account using Settings:
Now let‘s look at the quickest way to remove a Gmail account – directly within the Gmail app itself.
Method 2: Deleting a Gmail Account Using the Gmail App
If you use the dedicated Gmail app on your iPhone, you can conveniently delete accounts right within the app:
Step 1: Launch the Gmail App on Your iPhone
Tap on the Gmail app icon to open the app.
You can also search for "Gmail" using the search bar if you don‘t see the icon on your home screen.
Once launched, you‘ll see your Gmail inbox.
Step 2: Tap Your Profile Picture in the Top Right
At the top right, tap on your profile picture.
This will open a menu.
Step 3: Select Manage Accounts from the Menu
From the menu, choose Manage accounts on this device.
Tapping this will open the account management screen.
Step 4: Tap Remove Account Next to the Account You Want to Delete
On the accounts screen, tap Remove account next to the Gmail account you want to delete from your iPhone.
Step 5: Confirm Deletion in the Popup
A popup will ask you to confirm removal. Tap Remove to confirm deletion of the account.
After confirming, the account will be removed and all related data erased from your iPhone. Much easier than going through Settings!
Next up, let‘s look at how to delete a Gmail account from the Safari web browser on your iPhone.
Method 3: Removing a Gmail Account Using the Safari Browser
You can also use the Safari browser to delete a Gmail account right from the gmail.com website:
Step 1: Open the Safari Browser on Your iPhone
Tap on the Safari app icon to launch the browser.
Alternatively, you can swipe down and search for "Safari" using the search bar.
Once opened, you‘ll see the Safari browser.
Step 2: Go to gmail.com and Sign In if Needed
In Safari, navigate to gmail.com. Sign in if required.
Step 3: Tap the Hamburger Menu in the Top Left
At the top left, tap on the hamburger menu. This icon looks like three horizontal lines stacked.
Tapping it will open a menu.
Step 4: Choose Manage Accounts from the Menu
From the menu, select Manage accounts on this device.
This will open the accounts management page.
Step 5: Tap Remove Account Next to the One You Want to Delete
On the accounts page, tap Remove account next to the Gmail account you want to remove from your iPhone.
Step 6: Confirm Removal in the Popup
A popup will confirm account removal. Tap Yes, remove to delete the account from your iPhone.
Once confirmed, the Gmail account will be removed and data erased from your iPhone.
Comparison of Methods to Remove a Gmail Account from Your iPhone
To summarize, here are the key steps for each method:
|Settings App||1. Open Settings
2. Go to Contacts > Accounts
3. Select the Gmail account
4. Tap Delete Account
5. Confirm deletion
|Gmail App||1. Open Gmail
2. Tap profile picture
3. Choose Manage accounts
4. Tap Remove account
5. Confirm removal
|Safari Browser||1. Open Safari
2. Go to Gmail.com
3. Tap hamburger menu
4. Choose Manage accounts
5. Tap Remove account
6. Confirm deletion
No matter which approach you use, removing a Gmail account disconnects it from your iPhone and erases the locally stored data.
Now let‘s look at what you can do after deleting a Gmail account from your iPhone.
Re-Adding a Deleted Gmail Account to Your iPhone
Don‘t panic if you delete a Gmail account and then realize you still need access to it on your iPhone. You can easily re-add a deleted Gmail account using any of these methods:
- Open Settings > Accounts > Add Account and enter your Gmail address and password to sign back in.
- Launch the Gmail app, tap your profile picture, and select Add Account. Sign in with your deleted Gmail address.
- Go to Gmail.com in Safari, choose Manage Accounts, and tap Add Account. Sign in to re-add the deleted account.
Once you add the Gmail account back to your iPhone, all the associated emails, contacts, calendar events, photos and app data will automatically sync back over from Google‘s servers.
So you have full ability to undo deleting a Gmail account if you change your mind later on.
Next let‘s explore how to permanently delete a Gmail address from Google itself.
Permanently Deleting a Gmail Account from Google‘s Servers
It‘s important to understand that removing a Gmail account from your iPhone does NOT delete the actual Google account.
Even after disconnecting it from your phone, the account and all associated data remain safely stored in Google‘s servers.
If you want to completely delete a Gmail address from Google‘s systems, follow these steps:
- On a computer, sign into your Gmail account at gmail.com.
- Click on your profile picture and choose Manage your Google Account.
- Go to Data & Personalization.
- Under Download, delete, or make a plan for your data, select Delete a service or your account.
- Choose Delete your account and data.
- Select a reason for deleting your account.
- Review and confirm your choice.
- Enter your password and the verification code sent to your recovery email or phone to authorize account deletion.
Once confirmed, Google will permanently erase your account and all data from their servers. So only take this irreversible step if you are absolutely certain.
Frequently Asked Questions About Removing Gmail Accounts
Here are answers to some common questions about deleting Gmail accounts from an iPhone:
Are my emails still in Gmail online if I remove the account from my iPhone?
Yes, any emails stay safely stored in your Gmail account online after you remove it from your iPhone.
What happens to my contacts, calendar, and photos?
Your Google contacts, calendar, photos and any other data remains accessible on Google‘s services online when you delete the account from your iPhone.
Can I recover a deleted Gmail account on my iPhone?
Definitely. You can easily re-add a Gmail account that you previously removed from your iPhone. Just sign in to the account again.
How do I permanently delete a Gmail address from Google?
To fully delete a Gmail account, you need to delete it directly on Google‘s website. Removing it from your iPhone only disconnects that device.
Will I lose app data if I delete the associated Gmail account?
Possibly yes. Be sure to backup any important app data connected to that account before removing it.
Can I delete just the emails while keeping my contacts?
Unfortunately no, removing the entire Gmail account erases all associated data from your iPhone. You‘ll need to re-add individual contacts afterwards.
Is there a way to delete the account right from my iPhone home screen?
No, you need to go through Settings, the Gmail app, or Safari to properly remove a Gmail account. There‘s no shortcut.
I hope these FAQs help explain what happens to your data when removing a Gmail account!
Let‘s Recap the Key Steps
Deleting an old or unused Gmail account from your iPhone helps simplify your inbox and protects your privacy. Here are the key things to remember:
- Use Settings, Gmail, or Safari to remove the account in a few quick steps
- Emails, contacts, photos and other data is erased from your iPhone
- But your Google account remains intact online with all data stored safely
- You can re-add the account anytime to sync everything back
- To permanently delete the account, do so directly on Google‘s website
Removing unnecessary Gmail accounts frees up storage space and removes access on your iPhone to accounts you may no longer use.
I hope this detailed guide helps explain exactly how to delete a Gmail account from your iPhone! Let me know if you have any other questions.