Get Account Name / Email from Google Drive Android API

I’m using the new Google Drive Android API and I can connect, and do all that it will allow me to do, but in order to use the SpreadsheetService, I need to extract the accountName/email from the signed in user.

How do I do that?

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  • Here’s the code where I connect the Google Drive API. It works fine.

    private void connect() {
        if (isGooglePlayServicesAvailable()) {
            if (mGoogleApiClient == null) {
                mGoogleApiClient = new GoogleApiClient.Builder(this)
            // And, connect!
            if (!mGoogleApiClient.isConnecting() && !mGoogleApiClient.isConnected()) {

    Here’s where I’m using the SpreadsheetService API, but I need the account name to get the token.

    String accountName = "???"; // how do I get this From GoogleClientApi / mGoogleApiClient ?
    String accessToken = GoogleAuthUtil.getTokenWithNotification(GDriveActivity.this, accountName, scope, null);
    SpreadsheetService service = new SpreadsheetService("v1");

    I have tried this adding this:

    String accountName = Plus.AccountApi.getAccountName(mGoogleApiClient);

    … in the onConnected method, but it throws a NullPointerException.

    Also, here are my permissions:

        android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED" />
        android:name="android.permission.VIBRATE" />
        android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
        android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
        android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
        android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS" />
        android:name="android.permission.NETWORK" />
        android:name="android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS" />

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “Get Account Name / Email from Google Drive Android API”

    You need to add:


    when building the client. Then this will work in onConnected(Bundle):

    String accountName = Plus.AccountApi.getAccountName(mGoogleApiClient);

    assuming you already have the correct permission (which you do):

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS" />

    I’ve now reverted to the below which allows me to get the account at any time.

    When I asked this question I was under the impression that I could only get it when initially connecting. Obviously I was incorrect.

    private String getAccountName() {
        String accountName = null;
        AccountManager manager = (AccountManager) getSystemService(ACCOUNT_SERVICE);
        Account[] list = manager.getAccounts();
        for (Account account : list) {
            if (account.type.equalsIgnoreCase("")) {
                accountName =;
        return accountName;

    Of course, including the following permission in the AndroidManifest:

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS" />

    You can get various data from Plus.PeopleApi

    protected static GoogleApiClient mGoogleApiClient;
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        mGoogleApiClient = new GoogleApiClient.Builder(this)
    public void onConnected(Bundle bundle) {
        String data =  Plus.API.getName() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getName() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getId() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getAboutMe() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getBirthday() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getBraggingRights() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getCurrentLocation() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getNickname() + "\n" +
                Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient).getDisplayName() + "\n" +
        Toast.makeText(this, data, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
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