Google deleting 'inactive' accounts: Here's what you need to know!

Google is about to start axing personal accounts that have been just sitting there gathering digital dust for two years. 

Why is Google deleting inactive accounts?


Google is purging inactive accounts from its system because it says they are "more likely to be compromised."

Unattended accounts often rely on old or re-used passwords, receive fewer security checks by users and are 10 times more likely not to have two-factor authentication set up, Google's internal data shows.

When will Google accounts be deleted?


Google will start terminating inactive accounts on Dec. 1, 2023, according to the company's notice on the updated policy. It will begin by eliminating accounts that users created and then never revisited, the policy shows.

Which Google accounts are being purged?


According to Google's new policy, "if a Google Account has not been used or signed into for at least 2 years… the account and its contents — including content within Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar) and Google Photos" may be deleted. 

However, the new policy only applies to personal Google accounts, meaning it does not affect school or business-managed accounts. In addition, Google will not remove accounts that have uploaded Youtube videos or have active subscriptions to apps or news services, the company's updated account policy shows. 

Affected users will receive "multiple notifications" that their accounts will be terminated before it actually happens, the company said in a statement. 

How can I make sure my Google account isn't deleted?


To make sure your Google account remains active, sign into your account and use one of the company's tools such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos and Google Play. 

How can I save my Google data?


Some Google users may want to download their data, or simply back it up while letting their old accounts expire. To do so, you can go to this Google site, which explains how to use its Google Takeout service to save your data.

Google Takeout will allow you to decide whether to download all your data, or if you want to save data from specific services like email or photos. You can also download the data to different services, such as Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.