Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 5:17:32 PM, Indochina time
If you have a Google Account that you haven’t used in a while. but want to stop using You may want to log in again. Google announced today that it will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for at least two years. Google sees it as a privacy-enhancing measure. But it’s easy to see it as a cost-cutting measure to free up storage on Google’s servers.
starting at the end of this year Anyone who has an account that has been inactive for two years will receive an email notification that the account will be deactivated if they do not log in within 60 days of deactivation. You’ll have another 60 days to sign in before the company permanently deletes them. Overall, that’s about four months’ notice to recover your account. Which makes a lot of sense because Google has stated that the earliest it will start deleting accounts is December 2023.
The Company will send reminder emails to both accounts that are at risk of deletion and any secondary emails you add. Disabling and deleting will apply to everything you use that account, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, YouTube, Google Photos, Meet, and Calendar. It only applies to personal accounts. So work or school emails won’t get cut out.
While the company’s stated privacy motive may be a convenient way to avoid saying “We want to save money” But there is some content in that frame. In addition to not having a modern password. Abandoned accounts were also ten times less likely to set up two-factor authentication. This makes it more vulnerable to hijacking.
Google has a web-based tool that makes it easier to avoid account deletion. The company’s inactive account managers can warn you more often about inactive accounts. While letting you decide what happens to your data, there you can choose trusted contacts to alert or even download your account data. If the listing is in danger of being disabled and in case of error You can plan ahead using Google’s old Takeout feature that allows you to easily view and export all your data.