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Deleting Your Account: You Have Two Options

If you are signed in, double-check that you're signed in with the account you want to delete. Choose from 2, professionals ready to do the work for you. Once you've identified a list of online accounts linked to your Gmail address, change your profile information for each linked account to link to your new email address instead of your soon to be deleted Gmail address. Privacy Policy Terms of Service. Deleting them won't delete your entire Google Account.

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How to Quickly Delete Your Gmail Account Permanently

You'll see this button in the upper-right corner. If you're already signed in, make sure it's with the Gmail account you want to delete.

When you're signed in, you'll see your current account's profile picture in the upper-right corner. Click this and click "Sign out" to sign in with a different account.

Sign in with the Gmail account you want to delete. You don't need to do this if you're already signed in with the correct account. Click the "Delete" button next to Gmail. This button looks like a trashcan. Enter an alternate email address for your Google account. This will be the email address you use to sign into other Google products, such as Drive or YouTube. The email address will need to be verified, so make sure it's an account you can access.

Click Send Verification Email. Open the verification email from Google. It may take a few minutes to appear. Click the link in the email to verify your new address. When your new address is verified, your Gmail account will be permanently deleted. What should I do if it says that my alternative email address is used?

Contact support and explain what your problem is. It may take a bit of time, but they should be able to sort out the problem eventually. Not Helpful 4 Helpful If my account was hacked and I deleted that person, do I still have access to it?

This Gmail will be permanently deleted and the hacker will probably lose the Gmail account as well. First, you go into your Gmail account that you want to be deleted. Click on the little icon in the top-right hand corner of your screen where you usually sign out.

Go on "my account," and go to the bottom of the box labelled account preferences, and click on delete account. Not Helpful 4 Helpful 8. I want Gmail to not appear on a phone I gave away. How can I accomplish this? Not Helpful 5 Helpful 9. How do I delete a Gmail account of a former user from my computer without impacting the account? Follow the steps in method 2, and make the new sign in address your email.

Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2. Follow the directions in How to Remove Gmail Contacts to delete contacts. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. How do I delete a Gmail account without my YouTube account also being deleted? Follow the steps in Method 2 to delete only your Gmail account without deleting your YouTube account.

How do I delete my deceased parent's Gmail account if I do not have his password? You can try to reset the password ; if that does not work, then you can try to contact Google. Another person used my computer to access their Gmail account and it has remained.

How do I delete it and access my own account? You can log out of their account and then log in to your account. When I try to delete my account, It doesn't say "delete google account and data. Answer this question Flag as When I try to delete my account following the steps Google outlines, I can't. It only allows me to delete services and not the actual account.

What do I need to do? How to permanently delete my gmail account? If I set up a second email account, how do I delete the first one? If you delete a google account, can you create a new one using the email you used to create the old one?

Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Next, click the Download your data link. The Google Download your data screen displays: You'll see various Google products listed with a box to the right of each of them.

Use the scrollbar to scroll down to the products you want to back up. Since we are deleting Gmail, I recommend downloading data from Contacts and, of course, Mail. By default, download is turned on for all products. You'll see a green check mark. To deactivate those downloads you don't need, click in the white space next to the green check mark.

You'll see a gray X. The screen should look like this:. Click the Next button when you have selected the product data you wish to download. The Customize archive format screen appears:. Use the down arrow in the box beneath each option to bring up a drop-down menu and make your choices: When you've made your choices, click the Create archive button.

For this option, I opt to receive the download in my Gmail inbox. The following screen displays:. When you're ready, click the Manage archives button. The following confirmation screen displays:. Click the Done button. Google takes you to a privacy settings screen. If you like, you can adjust your privacy settings now. Since I chose to receive the download through email, I open my Gmail inbox. A message displays with a link to my downloaded information:. If you chose one of the other options for downloading your data, you will find your data where you sent it.

Click the Download archive button. You will be prompted to log in to your Gmail account. The Download your data: Notice the prompt asking what you want to do with the data you've downloaded.

Using the browser window, I find the folder where I want to save the data. I click the Save button on my browser window and the data is saved to my computer. The file is now stored on my computer.

A prompt opens at the button of the screen asking whether I want to Open the download , Open folder , or View downloads.

If I want to check on my data, I can select one of these options. At this point, your data has been backed up. You are ready to move on to the next step of deleting your Gmail account.

Many online accounts use your email account as recovery information and to communicate with you. If you have accounts that are linked to this Gmail address that you are about to delete, you may lose access to those accounts if you ever need to reset your password. Also, you may miss out on important communications from those accounts.

Before deleting your Gmail address, check to see that none of your accounts are linked to Gmail. Start with the following important accounts and be sure to consider all your online accounts. Once you've identified a list of online accounts linked to your Gmail address, change your profile information for each linked account to link to your new email address instead of your soon to be deleted Gmail address.

Another important consideration is that clients and other contacts may not be able to reach you if you delete your Gmail address.

To solve this problem, you will need to notify your contacts of your new email address. Once you've backed up your Gmail data, changed your profile information for your online accounts, and notified your contacts you are finally ready to permanently remove your Gmail address.

This process goes quickly:. To delete your Gmail account, you need to access the Google Account preferences screen. Click the Account Preferences link. Use the scrollbar on the right of the screen to scroll down to the Delete your account or services heading. The screen now looks like this:. Check the Gmail address on the screen carefully to make sure it is the one you want to delete. When you are satisfied that it's correct, type your password and click the Sign in button.

The Delete a Google service screen appears:. That you are given another chance to download your data before you delete your Gmail account. If you have more than one Google service, they will be listed on this screen. Scroll down to Gmail. To delete your Gmail account, click the trash icon to the right. You'll be prompted to provide an email address so that you can use other Google services such as Google Drive and Calendar: Type the email address you will use from now on to access Google service into the space.

Click the Send Verification Email button on the lower right. You cannot use an email address that is already associated with another Google account. After you've typed the new email that you will use to check your Google account, instructions appear on the screen:. Click the Got It button in the lower right corner. Even though you've already selected the trash icon next to Gmail, you must confirm the Gmail account deletion.

Click in the checkbox to confirm that you really want to delete this Gmail address. Then, click the Delete Gmail button. Click the Done button and close the Account preferences screen.

After your Gmail address is deleted, you can no longer send messages to it. Here is an example of how a message sent to your deleted Gmail account will bounce back to the sender:. After your Gmail account has been deleted, there may be a short period during which you can recover your account. However, you shouldn't count on being able to recover your account. Now that you've deleted your unwanted Gmail address, you may want to set up a new Gmail address.

Here is a tutorial to help you:.

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