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Change Android Smartphone Google Talk Accounts

Is your Google Talk for Android app stuck on an unwanted Google Account? Mine was, and I’m sharing the only known solution in this groovy quick Android tip.

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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.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. paul  

    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  

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

  3. Jonathan  

    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  

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

  5. Quest  

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

    • 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  

    use Hangouts – replacement for GTalk

  7. Aksaina Korriku  

    please halp me

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

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