How to Disconnect & Remove Google Drive Account (All Devices)
You may use your Google Account with Google Drive on multiple devices, such as Mac, Windows, iOS or Android. In addition, you can also have multiple Google accounts on your devices.
So, if you are looking for a way to Sign out or disconnect your Google Account from Google Drive on these devices to solve some technical problems or an unused account, it will help you. We’ve provided a step-by-step guide to show you how to disconnect, reconnect and add A Google Account to Google Drive with the necessary screenshots.
1. Sign out or disconnect an account from Google Drive on Mac and Windows
Fortunately, you are signed out or disconnected from Google Drive in the same way Mac and Windows. The following steps will guide you to disconnect your Google Account from Google Drive.
1→ You will see a Drive icon in the menu bar on your Mac or taskbar on your Windows. If you don’t see it there, you need the Google Drive app from the Launchpad, Finder or Spotlight on your Mac or Start Menu or Desktop on your Windows. Then you will see the Google Drive icon in Menu Bar on your Mac or Task Bar on your Windows.
Step 2. Now click on that Drive icon, then on the gear symbol, and select preferences. So, a new window called ‘Google Drive preferences‘ will open on your screen.
Step 3. Here you will see a gear symbol in the upper right corner. Click on it, and the window will show a Institutions page.
You can also add another account by clicking on the profile picture icon. Here there is an option to Add another account, you can click on it, and a browser window will open to sign in to another account. You can enter a different email id and password to login to that account and confirm login on the next page.
After adding another account, you can easily switch between them by clicking on the profile picture icon. But you can access both and more Drive accounts simultaneously through Finder on Mac and File Explorer on Windows.
Step 4. In the settings you will see an option with the text ‘Disconnect account‘. Click on this option, and a pop-up box will appear and ask for confirmation. Confirm it by clicking on the disconnect will stop streaming files from Google Drive, including the file you made ‘Available Offline’. These files will no longer be available on your Mac or Windows.
2. Sign in or reconnect your Google Account to Google Drive on Mac or Windows
You can sign in and reconnect your Google Account if you sign out or remove it from your device. If you only have one account with Google Drive on your Mac or Windows PC, you’ll see a window with an option to Sign in to Google Drive through your browser. You can click on the Log in through your browser option.
Enter your Google email ID and password to sign in again.
Click the Google Drive icon in the top menu on Mac. Google Drive data now syncs with your Mac under the Finder > Google Drive. We can also add your Mac Backup folder to Google Drive with Google Drive sync option.
3. Sign out or disconnect an account from Google Drive on iOS or Android
You can’t just sign out of your Google Account from Google Drive. You have to remove your Google account from your Android device. In iOSyou also get an option to deactivate your account. The following steps will guide you to disconnect/remove your Google account from your iOS and Android devices.
Step 1. First, you need the Google Drive app on your iOS or Android device. (You can find it in applications or the ‘Google’ folder.) Then click on your account photo in the upper right corner of your screen. And a pop-up box will appear on your screen.
Step 2. Touch here the ‘Manage accounts on this device’ option. A new screen will appear with a list of accounts signed in to your device.
You can also add another account from this popup by touching the ‘Add another account’ option. You can add as many accounts as you need. After adding other accounts, you can easily switch between these accounts from here on.
Step 3. If you are on a iOS device, you will see a enable/disable button next to all accounts signed in to your device. So you can temporarily disconnect a specific account from Google Drive by touching this button to deactivate that account on Google Drive.
You can also remove that account by using the ‘Remove from this device’ option. You will see a confirmation message on your screen. The message says that if you remove the account, it will delete all its messages, contacts and other data from the device. Now again touch the Remove option in the message to remove that account.
Get a confirmation, Remove.
If you’re on an Android device, tap the Google account you want to remove from the device. And a new screen will appear with options for that account.
Step 4. On Android, touch the Remove account option at the bottom of the screen. A confirmation message will appear on your screen. So touch the Remove Account option again, and the account will no longer be available on your device until you sign in to that account again.
Also, if you want to disconnect your Google account from the Drive app, you can delete the app data on your Android device.
4. Reconnect your Google Account to Google Drive on your iOS or Android device
You can sign in or reconnect your Google Account to the Google Drive app using your Google Account email ID and password. If you backed up and synced your account data before signing out, you can get it back after signing in from the account backup and sync.
Also, if you need help syncing Google Drive on your Mac, follow the given source.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you disconnect your Google Account from Google Drive, your files on Google Drive will not sync on your Mac or Windows PC. It will also remove the files that have been made available offline. Likewise, on iOS or Android devices, it will remove the account’s messages, contacts, and other data from the device.
You can change your Google Drive account on your Mac by following Step 3mentioned in the first section above.
You can sign out of Google Drive on iOS by following Step 3mentioned in the 3rd section.
You can click the Drive icon in the Menu Bar on your Mac or Taskbar on your Windows PC. Then click preferences to see more options. Click here on the Leave option to exit Google Drive.
Yes, you can have two or more separate Google Drive accounts by adding as many other accounts as you need by following Step 3 and Step 2, mentioned in the first and 3rd sections respectively.
You can access your Google Account settings on Mac through the Google Drive icon located in the Menu bar. Click on it and then click on the gear icon and select preferences. A preferences window will open. Here again click on the Gear icon to open the account settings.