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How to remove my device from Google Play

Over time, the Google Play Store builds up a list of your devices. When you look at this list, you might find that half of them are devices that you don't use (or own) anymore, or maybe a friend's device that you signed in on once. There's no real harm in this, but if you'd rather it was accurate, we'll show you how to just keep your current devices on your Google Play Store device list.

Old Android devices can't be completely removed from the Play Store archive, but you can hide them so they no longer appear on your device list. This makes it much easier to navigate the list, especially if you've owned dozens of Android gadgets over the last few years. 

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Over time, your Google Play devices list can become filled with phones you no longer use. / © AndroidPIT

How to remove devices in Google Play

1. Open the Google Play Store in your web browser and click the small gear icon in the top-right of the screen and click the sub-menu called Settings.

2. You will now see the My Devices page where your device activity in Google Play is recorded. You'll see all the devices you have ever logged into Google Play with, and a few details to the right of each device.

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Click the gear icon, then Settings to see your Google Play device list. / © AndroidPIT

3. You can choose whether the particular device should appear in menus or not by checking or unchecking the boxes under Visibility.

4. Click Edit to assign a catchy nickname to your gadgets. By default, the Play Store lists a lot of gadgets as Unknown device. By assigning a nickname you can see at a glance which smartphone or tablet it is. 

5. Once you've renamed devices, click the Update button to the far right to save your changes. These changes are universal, so they will now apply in all Google properties. That means all of your visible devices will be renamed in the Play Store Compatible devices list, as well as in Android Device Manager and so on.

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Google Play allows you to rename your devices / © AndroidPIT

And that's it, you're done. It's that simple to clean up and reorganize your device overview so you can quickly and easily find the right smartphone or tablet in Google Play.

How many Android devices have you owned? Have you tried this trick for removing old devices from the Google Play Store devices list? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Vision Thing Oct 13, 2016

    A very helpful person at Google Play store support told me to go to myaccount(dot)google(dot)com. log in. Select "device activity & notifications" on the left then select "Review Devices" in the Recently Used devices block on the Right hand side.
    Click on the concerned device to be Deleted from your account and select Remove. After Confirmation..... gone :D

    Worked like a charm!


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  • Fast Forward 2018:

    just go to :
    1. play.google.com/settings/
    2. uncheck "show in menus"

  • While this article does NOT tell you how to remove a device, here's what you do:
    1. Open your Google Account settings by clicking on your account photo on almost any Google application screen, and click the "My Account" button.
    2. Click the "Device activity & security events" link.
    3. Click the "Review Devices" link.
    4. Click on any listed device, then click the "Remove" button.
    5. Confirm the removal.


  • Anybody know how to remove devices not used in 28 days? I lost a phone around Xmas, now Wickr insists it's installed on there - but no way to remove it :(

    Any and all suggestions welcome!

  • Very interesting

  • spamit Jan 24, 2017 Link to comment

    America has surrendered its right to privacy to the $0.99 app. Dig behind the scenes and look at the default access rights these applications have. Why should any app have the right to autostart without permission or make a user jump through an impossible maze of places and settings to remove it only to find the app reinstalled 2 days later? It's the vast majority of developers that are sniffing your shorts and not just Google. Some developers are leading the way with apps that allow users to place controls and limitations. But how many grandmas and grandpas are walking around with lives that are effectively an open book and don't know. Be it Google or abc software; developers now dictate to the consumer (their client) what can and cannot be done to their clients hardware. This serves no other purpose that preserving their data mining ability. Having visions of the puppy rolling over and showing the jewels just for a belly scratch.

  • A very helpful person at Google Play store support told me to go to myaccount(dot)google(dot)com. log in. Select "device activity & notifications" on the left then select "Review Devices" in the Recently Used devices block on the Right hand side.
    Click on the concerned device to be Deleted from your account and select Remove. After Confirmation..... gone :D

    Worked like a charm!

    • Aceman Feb 26, 2017 Link to comment

      Thank you, this worked from a Google account perspective but:
      1) the devices still appear in the Google-Play account which tells me they are still active. WHY are they still there after removal via my Google account? I would hide they if I knew more details about them meanwhile I am uncomfortable.
      2) It's been so long since purchasing anything via google-play. Does it send a email notifications of purchases made? I can't remember.
      3) I don't know where these devices came. There should be a more specific audit history to view other than the date it was connected/updated. i.e. tracking history, ip, Device ID, actual device type, and more.
      4) is it an App or a device? How do I find out which one and if an App which one?
      5) There should be a notification available and sent via the backup email & SMS set within the google-account and google-play account WHENEVER a new device/app connects. How google missed this one is troublesome.

      I guess I should send this to Google support? How do I do that again? Another To-Do to the list...
      Please advise, cordial feedback appreciated,

    • This is just a placebo to make users think they have some control over their Google account.
      Removing a device from your Google account does NOT remove it from the Google Play or prevent future access. It doesn't even require that device to log in again.
      I removed an Android TV box, that I no longer own, from my account but the device is still updating through Google Play.

    • Very useful thank you

    • awesome! thanks for this

  • technology is supposed to make life easier not more complicated, google is doing a very good job annoying me lately =/

  • That kind of thinking quickly gets us both to the point where sensitive data can't be deleted, and also to where MegaBucks.Corp insists that whether or not it's sensitive, the data belongs to MegaBucks.Corp and the user has no rights… which in theory can be argued all the way to the highest court and where will you raise the money to fight MegaBucks.Corp law team, please?

    The last six people are wholly right… it's not just undesirable; it's almost incomprehensible why devices can't be deleted - unless of course it's about data ownership!

  • One device which is no longer in my possession cannot be removed from list. It doesn't belong to me anymore!

  • How to remove device from google play, and then you show us how NOT to. Gee thanks for your hard work.

  • Well yes that removes device from some list BUT it still is shown against any app you installed on it which is ridiculous...
    A Device manager should enable me to remove a device completely and all apps at least Free ones

  • It would be so much better to remove the phone instead of just hiding it from coming up. Google really needs to do something about it.

  • Been there done that. Would rather being able to remove not hide.. But that's Google for ya. There way or no way.

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