Google to Start Deleting Inactive Gmail Accounts December 1

Google, the search engine behemoth, is planning to erase accounts that have not been used in a certain amount of time.

Google stated in a recent blog post that an account is considered inactive if the user has not checked in or done any activity in the last two years.

The tech giant considers actions like signing in; reading or sending an email; using Google Drive; watching a YouTube video; sharing photos; downloading an app; and searching while signed in to be activities.

The business also stated that accounts in the aforementioned category will be canceled from December 1.

Personal accounts are exempt from the restriction, as are those linked to an employer, school, or other organization.

“Google products reserve the right to delete your data when your account has not been used within that product for a 2-year period,” the post reads.

“December 1, 2023 is the earliest a Google Account will be deleted due to this policy.”

Other exceptions are accepted, such as if your account was used to purchase something in the Google Play store or if your account has a gift card with an active balance.

Google stated that it would notify users in advance by sending emails to affected users’ accounts as well as any available recovery email addresses.

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