- You have an inactive google account? Google might delete it next month.
- Here's what you can do if you don't want Google to delete your account that has been inactive for two years.
- Inactive account owners will be notified by the company before deletion.
Come December, Google is slated to initiate the permanent deletion of inactive accounts, a move aligned with the company’s earlier announcement in May. Accounts falling under the “inactive” category, as defined by Google’s Inactive Accounts Policy, will witness deletion, including the eradication of associated data such as emails, documents, files, and backed-up photos. Google has underscored that users will receive notifications before the scheduled deletion of their accounts.
In a bid to maintain a streamlined digital ecosystem, Google introduced its Inactive Accounts Policy, identifying accounts unused for two years as “inactive.” The criteria for an account to be deemed active involve various user interactions such as performing searches on Google while signed in, sending and reading emails, utilizing Google Drive for file storage and access, watching YouTube videos while signed in, sharing content on Google Photos, and downloading apps from the Play Store.
Google is steadfast in its commitment to execute the deletion of inactive accounts starting December 1, adhering to the timeline outlined earlier this year. The impending deletion has significant implications for users, as Google accounts house a plethora of personal information accumulated over time. The potential loss includes synchronized contacts, photos, Chrome bookmarks, emails, Maps and location history, files stored on Google Drive, chat messages, Google Pay data, Google Play content, and data from YouTube and YouTube Music.
Nevertheless, exceptions to the Inactive Accounts Policy exist. Accounts utilized for the recent purchase of a Google app, product, service, or subscription will be exempted from deletion. Additionally, accounts holding funds in the form of a gift card, those associated with active subscriptions from published games or apps, accounts monitored under Family Link for child safety, and accounts with purchases of digital items like movies or e-books will not face deletion.
Google has assured that users will receive advance notification through emails sent to the affected accounts and any available recovery email addresses. Recipients of such emails can take specific actions to prevent data deletion, such as signing in to their accounts and engaging in activities like using Google’s search engine or watching YouTube videos.
As Google continues to refine its policies to enhance user experience and streamline its services, users are encouraged to stay informed and take proactive measures to safeguard their digital content from unintended deletion.