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How to add or remove an account on Android

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To access your email, contacts, and calendar, and to get apps from the Google Play Store, you can add accounts to your phone. When you add an account, info associated with that account automatically syncs with your phone.

When you remove an account, everything associated with that account is also deleted from your phone. This includes email, contacts, and settings.Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. 

Add an account to your phone

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Accounts. If you don’t see “Accounts,” tap Users & accounts.
  3. At the bottom, tap Add account.
  4. Tap the type of account you want to add.
    • To add your Google Account, tap Google. When you sign in with a Google Account, the email, contacts, calendar events, and other data associated with that account automatically sync with your phone.
    • To add a different personal account, tap Personal (IMAP) or Personal (POP3). You’d generally choose these if you use an email program like Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail. 
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. If you’re adding accounts, you may need to enter your phone’s pattern, PIN, or password for security.

How to remove an account from your phone

Note: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Accounts. If you don’t see “Accounts,” tap Users & accounts.
  3. Tap the account you want to remove  Remove account.
  4. If this is the only Google Account on the phone, you’ll need to enter your phone’s pattern, PIN, or password for security.

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