You may have noticed a Google sign-in option when accessing some websites. It is primarily because Google serves as a medium to allow you to share information from your Google Account with third-party websites without divulging essential details about your username and password. The type of information you can share with a site through your Google Account:
- Email address
- Country and language
Google says it never shares this data without notifying you and seeking your permission. Moreover, it houses an option ‘Call app permissions‘ to find all the connected apps.
In this post, we will see how to find out which Apps, Websites & Online Services are connected & have access to your Google Account, and revoke access if you feel the need to.
Apps connected to your Google Account
Over time, some of these apps cease to exist, or you no longer use them. As such, it is safe to have them disconnected or removed from your Google Account. Why? The apps may access your account when you’re not using it. For instance, you’ve downloaded an app on your phone that helps you schedule workouts with friends and allows you to access your Google Account.
The app might access your Google Contacts information while you’re not using it to help recommend some friends you can connect with the next time you sign in to the app. Or, it could access your Calendar to identify times when you and your friends are free to work out together. So, if you do not find this feature very useful, here’s how you can find and disconnect apps connected to your Google account.
To find the apps accessing your Google account, navigate this web address.
You need to log in with the account you want to check. Here you will see the list of all apps and services which have access to your account. Check out the screenshot below.
This list displays the list of all connected and permitted devices, apps and games, web apps and websites, and browser extensions. Click on any app, and you can view the detailed information about which app can access on your Google account.
Revoke access to Google Account
The app may automatically sign you in the next time you use it, and Google doesn’t review or endorse third-party websites that request access to your Google Account and takes no responsibility for those sites. So, if you have any apprehensions about the website’s trustworthiness that is requesting your information, do not approve the request, or if you have already, revoke the access by just hitting the Remove button.
When prompted, click OK.
You will have removed access to the app from your Google Account.
PS: Did you know that you could use Google Privacy Settings Wizard to harden your settings?
Is it safe to allow apps to access your Google Account?
Yes, and No. When you allow an app to access your Google account, you need to understand the level of access you are giving. Some apps only need an email address and name, while others need to tap into your Google account data. If you are comfortable giving access, and you are sure the app will not prepare any problem, you can provide the access. However, ensure to provide a complete thought to do it.