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Change Android Smartphone Google Talk Accounts

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Android users with Google Talk stuck on their initial Google Account have been plagued with this problem since late 2009.  Fast forward 2 and a half years later and the problem still persists, virtually untouched by any of the official Google app developers.

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While there isn’t a solid solution, this work-around will allow you to reset which Google Account your phone is synced to by default.

On your Android Smartphone, go to Homescreen >> Settings >> Applications >> Manage Applications

  • Open Gmail >> Clear Data
  • Open Gmail Storage >> Clear Data
  • Open Google Apps >> Clear Data
  • Open Google Talk >> Clear Data

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If the above fix doesn’t work, you have two other options.  The first is to wait for Google to update the Google Talk app to support multiple accounts.  But, given Google’s current track record of the situation it might be a long wait.

The other option is to perform a factory reset, and keep in mind that the first Google Account you connect to your phone will be the one Google Talk will permanently use until you reset again.

You can eliminate some of the hassle by using Titanium Backup, but the downside to a factory reset is that you’ll lose all of your app data and anything else not stored on the SD card.

I hope this helps everyone who has their Google Talk app stuck on the wrong Google account.

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9 Responses to Change Android Smartphone Google Talk Accounts

  1. paul March 15, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Thanks… But i can’t find a Gmail Storage in the app list, and it’s missing in your screenshot too. What is it? Same for “Google Apps.” What does that mean?

  2. helpme March 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    same here, I’ve looked everywhere and do not see any Google Apps? Help!

  3. Jonathan June 4, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    It’s strange because the Google Talk app on my ASUS Tablet has a drop down option that lets you select the account you want to use. I don’t see why this can’t translate to the smartphone version of the app. O_o

    (side-note: why hasn’t google implented pinch-to-zoom in the gmail app yet?)

  4. titanium-fan August 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Titanium WILL backup app data press “backup app & data” when you do the backup

  5. Quest May 10, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    1. Open Gtalk
    2. Click your username
    3. Click avaible
    4. Click sing out
    5. Choose the account you need

    • Austin Krause May 10, 2013 at 6:07 am #

      Thanks for the update. In previous versions this functionality had not been built-in and it was much more difficult to sign in/out as mentioned.

  6. jaingjokalan June 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    use Hangouts – replacement for GTalk

  7. Aksaina Korriku September 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    please halp me

  8. mukesh kumar November 6, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Playstore accont is worng then i will feed my google acct because app will dosenot
    download in my mobile.

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