How to remove a Gmail account from an iPhone—three convenient methods

If you wish to stop using Gmail on your iOS device, you can move away from it in a few quick steps. Learn how to remove a Gmail account from an iPhone.
Your iPhone makes it easy to stay on top of emails, even if you receive them for multiple accounts. Whether you use the Gmail app or Apple’s native Mail, managing your correspondence is simple. Still, you might want to declutter your inbox by removing accounts you no longer use.If this is the case, this concise guide will explain how to remove a Gmail account from an iPhone. You can approach this task in several ways, depending on how you7ve connected the account to your phone.
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Three ways to delete a Gmail account on an iPhone

To ensure your phone no longer receives Gmail messages and notifications, you can remove the account in three ways:
  1. In your phone’s settings
  2. From the Gmail app
  3. Via Safari
These methods are not mutually exclusive, as you’ll learn in the below tutorials.

How to delete a Gmail account from iPhone in Settings

If you’ve connected your Gmail account directly to your iPhone, it will sync various data, including the following:
  • Emails
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
To stop syncing and disconnect Gmail’s services from your iPhone, follow these steps:
  1. Open Settings
  2. Scroll down to Mail (you can also pull down the search bar to find it more quickly)
  3. Go to Accounts
  4. Tap your Gmail account
  5. Tap Delete Account and confirm the removal
Source: iPhone screenshotFrom the same menu, you can toggle the syncing of specific data on and off, which is useful if you only want to stop receiving emails from Gmail but keep syncing your contacts and calendar.

How to remove an email from the Gmail app

If you have multiple Gmail addresses connected to different devices, you can manage them from Gmail’s app. The following steps show how to remove a specific account from your iPhone:
  1. Open Gmail and tap your profile icon
  2. Go to Manage accounts on this device
  3. Tap Remove from this device
Source: Gmail screenshotNote that Gmail is connected to other Google services, so removing your account from the device also signs you out of the provider’s other platforms, including the following:
  • YouTube
  • Maps
  • Any Workspace apps (Docs, Sheets, etc.)
If you’ve signed in through Safari and chosen to remember the account, you must log out of it separately.

How to remove Gmail from an iPhone in Safari

Signing into your Gmail account on Safari means that Google’s search engine is also connected to your account. Because of this, Google can track your online behavior and gather lots of data tied to you.To ensure this doesn’t happen, follow the below steps to remove your account from Safari:
  1. Open Safari and go to Gmail
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner
  3. Choose Sign out of all accounts
  4. You’ll be signed out, but your account will still be remembered. To delete it, tap Remove an account
Source: Gmail screenshot

Things to remember when removing your Gmail account

By going through the above steps, you can remove a Gmail account from your iPhone and browser, but doing so doesn’t delete the data collected and stored before the removal. It only restricts account access and further syncing.Your Gmail account will still be active and accessible from other devices. If you no longer use it, you can delete it entirely. Even if you don’t plan to get rid of it completely, it might be wise to consider using another email provider.
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Why replacing Gmail could be a reasonable decision

While Gmail is well-designed and easy to use, its features can’t compensate for a severe lack of advanced security. Regardless of whether you use it on an iPhone or any other platform, your emails are exposed to two types of threats:
  • External—from hackers and other malicious parties
  • Internal—from Google’s own privacy practices
The reason for both threat types lies in Google’s subpar encryption. When you send an email, the platform protects it with the weak TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol. Emails are encrypted on Google’s servers using their keys, which means the service can decrypt your messages at any point.This practice is dangerous for several reasons. The most obvious one is that Google can see plaintext copies of your emails. Worse yet, an attacker can get ahold of the decryption key if they breach the platform’s servers, so your sensitive information could be misused.It isn’t only a hypothetical situation—Gmail is a common target of cyberattacks, some of which are pretty sophisticated. The provider doesn’t offer sufficient protection, so it would be wise to pick a more secure option.

What security measures should your email service have?

While password-protecting emails and using two-factor authentication (2FA) enhances your email security, your correspondence might still be vulnerable if you don’t have full control over who can see your messages. The best way to ensure such control is to choose an end-to-end encrypted email service.With end-to-end encryption (E2EE), your emails are turned into ciphertext on your device with an encryption key you create that nobody else has access to.When the email reaches the recipient, they decipher it using a private decryption key stored on their device, so nobody else can read plain copies of your emails, which gives you complete privacy.A handful of privacy-first email providers offer such strong protection. If you want to reap its many benefits, check out Skiff Mail.

Level up your email security with Skiff Mail

Skiff Mail uses end-to-end encryption and numerous cutting-edge protection measures to make privacy and confidentiality available to every email user. Your emails and data are secured by two separate keys—public and private.As explained, the former is used for encryption, and it’s shared between the sender and recipient. The private decryption key never leaves the recipient’s device, so nobody but them—including Skiff’s team—can see your message.Email and account security doesn’t end there, as Skiff implements various additional measures to give you complete control of your data:
Security measureHow it works
Zero-knowledge loginSkiff doesn’t save your login credentials—they remain on your device for maximum security
Secure Remote PasswordIt encrypts key account data like your login credentials and encryption keys to provide additional security
Two-factor authenticationThe process requires verification via the Authenticator app after logging in to help prevent social engineering attacks
Skiff’s security measures don’t require complex configuration or setup. They’re built into the platform and ready as soon as you sign up. You’ll be greeted by a clean, beautifully-designed interface with intuitive features and no unnecessary bloatware.

Advanced features available to everyone

With Skiff, you don’t need to make compromises—the generous free plan includes everything an average user needs, including:
  • Email and text search—Typically reserved for paid services, this feature lets you browse emails not only by subjects but also contents, attachments, and other details
  • End-to-end encrypted storage—The free account gets you 10 GB of secure storage, but you can upgrade to up to 1 TB if your needs increase
  • Crypto wallet integration— Skiff Mail integrates with MetaMask, Brave, Coinbase, and various other crypto wallets to enable anonymous communication
  • Four aliases—Aliases enable you to manage multiple inboxes in one place effortlessly
Skiff is open source, so the codebase and all relevant libraries are available on the platform’s GitHub. For more information on Skiff’s features and security, you can read this whitepaper and join the Skiff Discord channel.

Leverage Skiff’s secure ecosystem to create a private workspace

Emails aren’t the only place your sensitive data resides. To ensure you can keep all your information safe, Skiff offers three additional end-to-end encrypted services—Skiff Pages, Skiff Drive, and Skiff Calendar:
PlatformWhat it is
Skiff PagesA secure alternative to Google Docs and similar productivity tools lets you create unlimited documents, and Skiff will encrypt their contents and key metadata. You can invite team members to collaborate on projects while minimizing security and privacy risks
Skiff DriveAn end-to-end encrypted cloud storage solution offering support for all file types lets you share files through viewable and editable E2EE links to reduce the chances of interceptions and data leaks
Skiff CalendarA private calendar tool with built-in video conferencing features lets you create shared calendars and syncs with Skiff Mail to pull data about events and help you manage your schedule more easily
Skiff is available on iOS and macOS, so you can combine its ecosystem with Apple’s. You can also use the above platforms on Android devices and most browsers.

Create your free account in minutes

It only takes three quick steps to fortify your email and data security with Skiff:
  1. Go to the signup page
  2. Choose your username and password
  3. Start using Skiff Mail and other end-to-end encrypted products
The free plan has no time limit, and you don’t have to make any commitments. If you wish to expand Skiff’s functionality with more storage and additional features, you can choose from three affordable plans tailored to different user groups.

How to move your Gmail correspondence to Skiff

Users are often hesitant to change email providers because it means they must start over with a new account and lose their previous threads. This isn’t the case with Skiff—the platform supports one-click migration that will move all your conversations and data without complicated processes.Skiff will protect all your transferred data immediately. Unencrypted copies of emails, attachments, and other information won’t be stored, so you can delete them from your Gmail account to ensure that the existing versions remain protected.

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