How Do I Delete a Google Account?
If you need to delete your Google account, there are a few methods. Before taking this step, consider what content will be deleted, as it could include email, photos, and other Google-related items.
To get started, first make sure you have the correct account signed in on your device. Do this by opening Settings and going to Passwords & Accounts.
Delete your Gmail account.
Once you delete your Gmail account, all associated data and settings are permanently lost. This means you won’t be able to send or receive emails using it anymore, and its address won’t be available to anyone else.
Additionally, being unable to reset your passwords or access any accounts connected with Gmail can be a significant inconvenience. This issue could prove particularly challenging with so many of Google’s services being linked directly to Gmail.
Once you’ve selected to delete your Gmail account, a comprehensive list of data and information that will be removed will be presented to you. Google ensures that all items on the list are fully understood before they are permanently erased.
Google also provides a way to download some of the deleted data in case you require it later. Unfortunately, this will only be accessible on your local computer and won’t be stored in the cloud – so make sure you back up any critical files before deleting your Gmail account.
Delete your Google account as a whole.
If you no longer require your Google account, deleting it is straightforward. But before proceeding with any deletion, be sure to back up all data associated with that account.
Once you delete your account, all associated data will be permanently erased from Google servers. This includes all Google Photos, Drive storage, Keep notes and passwords, calendar events and emails, Google Play Store purchases, YouTube uploads/playlists, Maps data, and web search history – anything tied to the account will be gone forever!
You can also use a backup to retrieve any lost data. Backing up your information before deletion ensures you won’t lose all your reports if something goes awry.
Before deleting your Google account, check both boxes to confirm that you have read and accepted its terms. Doing this makes it simpler to restore your account in case you change your mind later on.
Delete your Google account as part of a loved one’s digital legacy
At death, your digital legacy becomes far more than the information stored on a hard drive or Amazon account. It includes photos, videos, emails, and reports on Facebook and other social media sites integral to your online life.
It’s not uncommon for family members to want access to their deceased relative’s social media accounts, mainly if there are sentimental pictures or videos. Making this decision can be difficult, so take your time and discuss with your departed how they would want this handled.
Like many other internet service providers, Google provides tools that let you set your account so that it automatically deletes after three, six, or twelve months of inactivity. This is an excellent way for loved ones to avoid worrying about what happens to your social media after you pass away.
Delete your Google account from another device.
Removing your Google account is an essential first step if you’re selling or transferring your device to someone else. Doing this will stop them from accessing your data and make it harder for them to resell or trade in the machine.
Alternatively, you can perform a factory reset on your device to clear all data and sign out of any accounts you may have had. This will completely delete all records associated with that device.
To do this, open Settings and locate Accounts (or Cloud and Account, depending on your device).
Now, select the account you wish to delete. You will then be asked to confirm your choice.
It is important to remember that deleting your account will also remove any extra system features like Nearby Share, Google Pay, and Find My Device. Furthermore, signing back in will prevent new emails or messages from reaching your device until you sign back in again.