Google is going to remove unused Gmail accounts and pictures beginning December 1, according to reports.
Google shared the information about getting rid of unused Gmail accounts earlier this year and mentioned that it would start in December. Now, the deadline is just a few weeks away.
Moreover, On August 23rd, there was an important message on the official Google Workspace updates page. It said that people who use Gmail should turn on “two-factor verification” as soon as possible.
Google’s Criteria and Actions for Inactive Accounts
According to Google, an inactive account is one that hasn’t been used in two years. Google counts actions like signing in, reading or sending emails, using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos, sharing photos, downloading apps, and searching while signed in as activities.
If you haven’t logged in or done any of these activities on a Google account for two years, Google will consider it inactive. This rule applies only to personal accounts, not those linked to an employer, school, or other organization.
If a Google account is considered inactive, starting from December 1, Google might remove all the content and data associated with that account. This includes various information stored by Google, such as Google Photos, Google Calendar events, Google Docs, and emails. Google will send notifications to the account and a recovery email (if available) before taking this action.
Google’s Data Deletion Policy
According to Google’s Inactive Google Account Policy, Google products have the right to delete your data if your account hasn’t been used within that product for a two-year period. December 1, 2023, is the earliest date when a Google Account could be deleted under this policy.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, like if your account was used for a purchase in the Google Play store or if there’s an active balance on a gift card linked to your account.
If you have a Gmail account that’s been inactive and you want to keep everything associated with it, make sure to log in before December 1.
Starting December 1, Google will delete inactive Gmail accounts and associated data inactive for two years, including Google Photos, Calendar events, Docs, and emails. Exceptions apply, such as recent purchases or an active gift card balance. Users are urged to log in before December 1 to retain their data and prevent account deletion.