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A Google account gives you access to all of Google’s services, including Gmail, YouTube, Drive, and more. But what if you’ve had enough and want out? Can you delete Gmail account information? Yep, you can absolutely delete a Gmail account forever.

Read more: How to delete everything Google knows about you

Before you go shutting things down, keep in mind there’s a lot of data you’ll be losing if you delete your Google account. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do it. Maybe you have a secondary account that you don’t use anymore, or have some other reason to do hit the kill switch. If you do want to delete your Google account permanently, it is quite easy to do. Let’s take a look.

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Delete Gmail account for good — things to know before leaving

If you delete your Google account, there is a lot of data that you lose access to, including:

  • All Google services, such as Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and more, along with any data associated with these accounts, such as emails, photos, and notes.
  • Any subscriptions or content purchased from YouTube or Google Play Movies, Books, or Music.
  • Information that is saved with Chrome, including access to any free or paid Chrome apps and extensions.
  • If you use an Android smartphone, you will also lose access to any contacts linked to this account, as well as any data that is backed up using Android Backup services.
  • Finally, you will also lose the username permanently. You will not be able to sign up using the same username after you delete the account.

Things to do before leaving

If you have used your Google account for a while, you’ll probably have some important data that needs saving, such as emails, notes, photos, and other information. If there isn’t a lot, you can download them individually, but Google provides a simple way to backup all your data.

  • Open your Google account settings by going to accounts.google.com.
  • Go to “Data & personalization” using the menu on the left or by finding under the “Privacy & personalization” section on the main home page.
  • Scroll down to “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”
  • You’ll find a complete list of Google services associated with your account. You can individually select the information to download. Everything is automatically selected by default.
  • You can opt to get a download link via email, or save it to cloud services like Drive, OneDrive, Box, or Dropbox. You can also select the frequency of the export, the file type, and the maximum size of the compressed archive.
  • Depending on how much information is being archived, the entire process could take a while.

Also, remember that you might have your Gmail address associated with other services as well, such as bank accounts, and other websites, so make sure that you keep a track of these accounts and update the information accordingly, before deleting Gmail account info.


Deleting your Gmail account — it’s not hard

  • Go to “Data & personalization” and scroll down to “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”
  • Tap on “Delete a service or your account.”
  • Tap on “Delete Google Account” to complete the process.
  • At the end of the page, there are two acknowledgments you will have to accept before you can tap on the “Delete Account” button to permanently delete your Google account.

Deleting specific services only

  • Go to “Data & personalization” and scroll down to “download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”
  • Tap on “Delete a service or your account.”
  • Tap on “Delete a Google service” to complete the process.
  • You’ll find the complete list of Google services connected to your account. You can remove access to these apps and features individually.

Recover a recently deleted account

If you have deleted your Google account and immediately regret it, you do have a short window in which to recover it.

  • Go to the Account recovery page.
  • Select “I’m having other problems signing in.”
  • Then follow the instructions on the page to see if you can recover the account. Keep in mind that it might not be possible. Further, if you have deleted Gmail and have added another non-Google email address to be able to access other Google services, recovering your Gmail username will not be possible.