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Removing my phone number from the gmail accounts I no longer control

Discussion in 'Google' started by sarahk, Jul 22, 2019.

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    At a past job we needed to do some log in & app testing so we created a number of email addresses. The gmail accounts needed a phone number and I used mine. I've left that job and no longer have access to the list of email addresses but would like my phone number removed from them.

    I expected, within Google's security settings, to see a "your phone number is also used on these accounts..." and to be able to unlink them.
    SEMrush
    Has anyone ever done this?
    Know where I need to go?
     
    sarahk, Jul 22, 2019 IP
    SEMrush
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    Abby Jace Peon

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    If you remove your phone number from your gmail then If you forget the password you looses the chance to recover password.
     
    Abby Jace, Sep 25, 2019 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Which is kind of the point... I don't want access to those accounts anymore
     
    sarahk, Sep 25, 2019 IP
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    #4
    You cannot remove your phone number without logging into the account and removing them.
     
    MoneyMastermind, Sep 25, 2019 IP
  5. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I managed to remember one of the accounts and was able to reset the password and delete the account - one down, 3 or 4 to go...
     
    sarahk, Oct 2, 2019 IP
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    praetserge Notable Member

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    Yes, you need to access that gmail account to remove your phone number.
     
    praetserge, Nov 29, 2019 IP
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    kerlly Butler Greenhorn

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    You have to Login to the account first to remove the number from gmail account.
     
    kerlly Butler, Feb 24, 2020 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Does Gmail delete inactive accounts?
     
    sarahk, Feb 24, 2020 IP
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    #9
    If all else fails then go to your phone section of your Google accounts, next to your number(s) select Delete Remove Number. Then go to the recovery phone section and re- add any other number(s).
    What I'm advocating is that you replace your good number(s) with any made up or defunct number(s) of your choosing.
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2020
    Spoiltdiva, Feb 24, 2020 IP
  10. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I've been able to do that with one of the accounts but there's 3 or 4 that I can't remember the login details for and no longer have access to the master list.

    It's not a big deal, I don't plan to create any more google accounts, I just didn't particularly want an ongoing link to that particular contract.

    Had a call from Indonesia yesterday afternoon when I was out - thought the guy said "vin-do", turned out to be zendesk. He was calling about that same contract, not sure why he needed to call but it seems the company I was contracted to has been slack about updating their primary contact details on important services.
     
    sarahk, Feb 24, 2020 IP
  11. Watson Rich

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    It's easy. You can log in to the account which is connected to your Gmail. If you don't remember the password then do forget password thing. Log In and remove that number from that account.
     
    Watson Rich, Aug 28, 2020 IP
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    Saputnik Active Member

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    You made my day... :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    You bumped this thread after half of year, and you explain him it's easy to login to account which he doesnt remember username, let alone password... :eek:
     
    Saputnik, Aug 28, 2020 IP
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    Watson Rich Member

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    :oops:Ops sorry! my bad :oops:
     
    Watson Rich, Aug 28, 2020 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I need Google to let me know which accounts are linked to a device and let me de-authorise them. They can then request those accounts link to another phone number, give them a security alert. If my ex-employer is still using the accounts they can do that, if they're abandoned then Google may want to delete them.
     
    sarahk, Aug 28, 2020 IP
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    BUMROG Greenhorn

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    https://accounts.google.com/signin/usernamerecovery?continue=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F&service=mail&ss=1&scc=1&rm=false&osid=1&hl=en
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    Doesn't this do that? Enter your phone number and AFAIK you only need to know the name, not the username itself, to be able to get a list of users asaociated with that particular phone number.
     
    BUMROG, Aug 29, 2020 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    The accounts I managed tho remove were the ones where I could remember the fictitious usernames we'd invented
     
    sarahk, Aug 29, 2020 IP