You should sign in as soon as possible to an old Gmail or Google account you haven’t been using because they will soon be deleted.
Google is going to start deleting personal email accounts that haven’t been used for two years in December. This also applies to any related material, such as Google Workspace apps like Calendar, Drive, Meet, Docs, and Photos.
For what reason is Google purging dormant email accounts?
Google stated that the action, which was disclosed in a May blog post, is intended to shield users from con artists.
Because they “frequently rely on old or reused passwords that may have been compromised, haven’t had two-factor authentication set up, and receive fewer security checks by the user,” Google said forgotten or unattended accounts are more likely to be compromised.
According to Google’s internal data, the likelihood that two-step verification is enabled on abandoned accounts is at least ten times lower than that of active accounts. According to the company, this can increase the likelihood that they will be compromised and used for anything from identity theft to harmful content like spam.
The policy does not apply to email accounts used by businesses or educational institutions; it only covers personal accounts.
Google announced in May that it would remove inactive accounts gradually
Starting in December, accounts will be deleted.
Initially, Google will begin to remove accounts that were made but were never used.
Google promised to notify the account email address and recovery email, if applicable, several times in the months preceding the account deletion before deleting it.
According to Google, you should log into your account at least once every two years. Accounts and services that have been accessed recently are deemed active and will not be removed. Included in the activity are the following:According to Google, you should log into your account at least once every two years. Accounts and services that have been accessed recently are deemed active and will not be removed. Included in the activity are the following:
◍ Checking or replying to emails.
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◍ Taking in a video on YouTube.
◍ Getting an application from the Google Play Store.
◍ Searching Google.
◍ Signing in to a third-party app or service using Google Sign in.
Account activity also includes setting up a subscription through a Google account, such as Google One or a news app or publication.
Additionally, Google stated that as of right now, it has no plans to remove accounts that contain YouTube videos.
Additionally, Google offers options for data backup and suggests sending out a recovery email in addition to offering some free account management tools. Users can choose what happens to their account and data after it is inactive for eighteen months by using Google’s Inactive Account Manager. Among the options are deleting the account, setting up a Gmail auto responder, and sending particular files to trusted accounts.