Google to Delete Inactive Accounts: What You Need to Know

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Starting December 1, 2023, Google will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for at least two years. This means that if you haven’t logged into your Google account in two years, your account and all of its data, including Gmail messages, Photos, Drive files, and YouTube videos, could be deleted.

Google is implementing this policy to free up storage space and to protect the security of inactive accounts. The company says that it will send notifications to users whose accounts are at risk of deletion.

How to Save Your Google Account

There are a few things you can do to save your Google account from deletion:

  • Log into your account regularly. Just logging in once a year will keep your account active.
  • Use Google products. Using Gmail, Photos, Drive, or other Google products will also keep your account active.
  • Check your storage usage. If you are concerned about your storage usage, you can check your usage and delete any files you don’t need.

What Happens If Your Account Is Deleted?

If your Google account is deleted, you will lose access to all of your data, including Gmail messages, Photos, Drive files, and YouTube videos. You will also lose access to any Google services that you use, such as Gmail, Search, and YouTube.

It is important to note that Google’s inactive account policy only applies to personal Google Accounts. Google Workspace accounts are not affected by this policy.

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