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Google is deleting old accounts on Dec. 1, so take action if you have one

Grandkids From 2007 IMG_4740Google is going to begin deleting old Gmail and photos on Dec. 1. That’s tomorrow folks, so it’s time to take action.

An inactive Google account is one hasn’t been used in two years.

This policy applies to your personal Google account. This policy doesn’t apply to any Google account that was set up for you through your work, school, or other organization.

Google says it will delete data in a product if you’re inactive in that product for at least two years. This is determined based on each product’s inactivity policies.

How Google defines activity

A Google account that’s in use is considered active. Activity might include these actions you take when you sign in or while you’re signed in to your Google account:

  • Reading or sending an email.
  • Using Google Drive.
  • Watching a YouTube video.
  • Sharing a photo.
  • Downloading an app.
  • Using Google search.
  • Using sign in with Google to sign in to a third-party app or service.

Google account activity is demonstrated by account and not by device. You can take actions on any surface where you’re signed in to your Google account, for example, on your phone, the company said in a fact sheet on its website.

If you have more than one Google account set up on your device, you’ll want to make sure each account is used within a two-year period.

What happens when your Google Account is inactive

When your Google account hasn’t been used within a two-year period, your Google account, that is then determined to be inactive, and all of its content and data may be deleted. Before this happens, Google will give you an opportunity to take an action in your account by:

  • Sending email notifications to your Google account.
  • Sending notifications to your recovery email, if any exists.

Good luck. I checked out my RitasGreatVideos channel on YouTube to make sure it had recent activity.

Here’s a great video I made of my grandkids in 2007.



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