Custom Account authenticator. Cleanup after account is removed from device

Is there a way to get some kind of notification/broadcast/etc. when a custom account is removed from “Accounts & sync settings”?

The application I have can facilitate multiple users on a device (this is for a corporate use) and uses a single SQLite database. Say I create multiple users for my application on a device and populate database with data that is relevant only to those two users. My problem here is that if one of the user is removed from “Accounts & sync settings” I have no way to cleanup database and/or some external files on SD card.

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Custom Account authenticator. Cleanup after account is removed from device”

    You have two options:

    1. You can use the addOnAccountsUpdatedListener method of AccountManager to add a listener in the onCreate method of an Activity or Service — make sure you remove the listener in your onDestroy method (i.e. do NOT use this in an endlessly running service) or the Context used to retrieve the AccountManager will never be garbage collected

    2. The AccountsService will broadcast an intent with the action AccountManager.LOGIN_ACCOUNTS_CHANGED_ACTION every time an account is added, removed or changed which you can add a receiver for.

    I didn’t see a lot of examples on how people implement account cleanup, so I thought I would post my solution (really a variation of the accepted answer).

    public class AccountAuthenticatorService extends Service {
        private AccountManager _accountManager;
        private Account[] _currentAccounts;
        private OnAccountsUpdateListener _accountsUpdateListener = new OnAccountsUpdateListener() {
            public void onAccountsUpdated(Account[] accounts) {
                // NOTE: this is every account on the device (you may want to filter by type)
                if(_currentAccounts == null){
                    _currentAccounts = accounts;
                for(Account currentAccount : _currentAccounts) {
                    boolean accountExists = false;
                    for (Account account : accounts) {
                            accountExists = true;
                        // Take actions to clean up.  Maybe send intent on Local Broadcast reciever
        public AccountAuthenticatorService() {
        public void onCreate() {
            _accountManager = AccountManager.get(this);
            // set to true so we get the current list of accounts right away.
            _accountManager.addOnAccountsUpdatedListener(_accountsUpdateListener, new Handler(), true);
        public void onDestroy() {
        public IBinder onBind(Intent intent) {
            AccountAuthenticator authenticator = new AccountAuthenticator(this);
            return authenticator.getIBinder();
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