For years, Google has inexplicably refused to give users permission to remove Google analytics accounts or Google Webmaster Tools accounts from their own profile. This has been an annoying issue since 2009.
You’d offer to take a look at a friend’s website or take on a new client, and they’d give you access to their Google accounts. Then, they’d be stuck there forever or you have to go through the awkward, “Hey, I don’t want to help you out anymore” or “We’re not working together anymore” email to get rid of it. Hoping they actually know how to remove your user permissions and carry through with the action of deleting your access.
You can now delete Google Analytics accounts you don’t want access to, regardless of the level of user permissions you have on the account.
How to Remove Old Google Analytics Accounts from Your Own Profile
It’s super easy and obvious now. Just do it the way you’ve tried to and failed at many times in the past. Go to Google Analytics. Click on the settings menu. Then go to user management and click the big red button that says “Remove Myself From This Account.”
Poof. It’s gone forever.
How to Remove Old Google Webmaster Tools Accounts from Your Google Profile
Same story here. It’s not hard to do, it’s just that Google finally gave us access to control our own Webmaster Tools account and remove profiles that we no longer want access to.
Go to the Webmaster Tools Homepage. Select the “Manage Site” dropdown. There is now an option to Delete the website from your Webmaster Tools account. Hooray.
I’m not sure when this change happened, but I know it was recent. I haven’t seen anyone else blog about this. If you do a google search for “delete old google analytics account” or something similar, you still only run into the hundreds of threads of people complaining on help forums about their inability to do this simple task.
I just removed 7 old analytics accounts and deleted 5 webmaster tools accounts. It feels good to open those pages up and only see accounts that matter to me at this moment.