Google to Delete Accounts That Have Not Been Used for Two Years

Google has announced a new policy that will affect millions of users who have not used their Google accounts for at least two years. Starting from December 1, 2023, Google will delete inactive accounts and their associated data across various Google products, such as Gmail, Photos, Drive, and YouTube. This policy is intended to protect user security and reduce the risks of maintaining inactive accounts.


How Google Defines Inactivity

According to Google, an inactive account is one that has not been used within a two-year period. This means that the user has not signed in or performed any actions while signing in to their Google account, such as reading or sending an email, using Google Drive, watching a YouTube video, or using Google Search.

Google will send multiple warning notifications to the affected users and their recovery emails, if any, before deleting their accounts.

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Exceptions to the Policy

There are some exceptions to the policy, where Google will not delete an account even if it has been inactive for two years. These include:

  • Accounts that have made a purchase of a Google product, app, service, or subscription that is current or ongoing.
  • Accounts that contain a gift card with a monetary balance.
  • Accounts that own a published application or game with active subscriptions or financial transactions associated with them.
  • Accounts that manage an active minor account with Family Link.
  • Accounts that have purchased a digital item, such as a book or movie.

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How to Prevent Account Deletion

If you want to keep your Google account and its data, you need to sign in or take action on your account at least once every two years. You can also download your data using Google Takeout, delete your account manually, or recover your account if you change your mind within a certain period after deletion.

Google’s new policy will take effect on December 1, 2023, and is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to improve user security and privacy. For more information, you can visit Google’s Inactive Account Policy page.

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