Not going into details why do you want to delete your gmail.com account but if you have landed on this page, you probably searching for the method to delete a gmail account. Gmail.com is one of the most reliable FREE email service provider which is controlled by world’s biggest tech company Google ! So there has to have solid reason of deleting your account.
Here in this article, I’ll write detailed step wise guide to Delete a Gmail.com account if you really want to get rid of it.
There could be any reason why anyone would want to delete its Gmail account and it may vary from person to person.
For one person the reason of deleting gmail account could be the SPAM emails he/she has been receiving and for others the reason could be either he/she not satisfied with the service or he/she no longer using this email or he/she might have noticed suspicious activity with its Gmail account.
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Possible reasons of deleting Gmail account
Let’s take a look at the possible reasons of deleting a Gmail account.
One of the reason why anyone would want to delete its Gmail account is SPAM emails. There is lots of marketing companies on the internet and some idle people who actively search for e-mail addresses to send e-mails to.
The marketing companies mainly send emails to sell their products however other SPAM emails are sent by individuals who are indulge in illegal activities.
The frequency of receiving SPAM email could be as high as that you receive hundreds of email in a single day. Sometimes it becomes annoying to go through all those e-mails and delete them one by one.
We can not blindly select all SPAM emails in SPAM folder and hit delete button because in some cases, most relevant/important emails too (which aren’t SPAM) land in SPAM folder of your Gmail account. Take a look at the SPAM folder of one of my gmail account
Email today isn’t mere means to get in touch with friends to tell them you are doing well at your end, it has become an important aspect of our life. The email today is associated with our Bank Account where we receive monthly bank statements, credit card info, internet banking details etc.
It is linked with our Social media account, Paypal account, Govt bodies and many private institutions that send sensitive information via emails which we don’t want to share with anyone.
Gmail is pretty good with keeping our Gmail address secured and whenever any suspicious activity is noticed, it automatically sends us email.
For example, if you always access your Gmail address from Windows Operating system (Windows PC or Laptop) and one day you log in from iOS (Macbook), Gmail will send you warning saying that your Gmail account was accessed through other device.
Similarly, if you access your Gmail account from other IP than the usual one, you will receive a notification about the same.
So the other reason of deleting your Gmail account would be multiple attempts of your account being accessed by someone else.
Not using Gmail account for a long time
The other possible reason why would you want to delete your gmail account is, you are no longer using it. It could be because of the reasons like you have switched to other email address Or have created a new Gmail account.
It is a good choice to delete a Gmail account if you think you will no longer use it.
As I said above, there is plenty of marketing companies and individuals who actively search on the internet to find emails of various people and send them email with business proposals or send them emails and make them to click a link in the email to try to hack into their Gmail account. I receive hundreds of emails from such marketing companies that sell me products I’ve no interest in.
Such kind of emails don’t land in SPAM folder but in your inbox where other important e-mails reside. Checking all these emails would a time consuming task.
This can be one of the reason why anyone would want to delete its Gmail account.
Switched to other Email service provider
The other possible reason of deleting Gmail account is switching to other e-mail service providers. There are plenty of email service providers apart from Gmail such as Yahoo, Hotmail/Live and other paid ones.
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What Will happens once Gmail account is deleted?
Though you have decided to delete you Gmail account but there is certain things that you should not regret about upon deletion of your Gmail account.
Once the account is deleted, there is no way to recover it and you will lose all your data associated with this Gmail account. Take a look at potential problems that you will face once the account is delete –
Lose all Emails –
Once you delete your Gmail account, you wouldn’t be able to access your emails that you have received from Banks, Educational Institutions, Clients, Family & Friends. All the important information that have been stored in emails will be lost and there is no way to recover them.
Hence, it becomes important you think twice, thrice before deciding to delete your Gmail account.
You aren’t contactable via this email
Once the account is deleted, you will not be able to be contactable via this email. If you have given this email to your Bank, Paypal, Govt bodies you interact with, private institutions, digital wallet companies or anywhere else such as discussion forums, you will not be able to receive emails from them.
Its obvious, if you delete your Gmail account, you will lose all your contacts that you have stored on your Gmail account. That might result in huge loss if clients you have been coordinating with (via this email) for release of payment and you had e-mail the only way of communication.
Being a freelance I used to work for the people from around the world and I had only their emails as mode of communication.
Can’t recovery other email’s lost password
Whenever we create an email account, we provide recovery email so that in case for any reason we aren’t able to access our account, we could recover it with the help of recovery email.
So if you have given this email as recovery email and you delete the same, you will not be able to recover other email’s password.
Two Important things to do before deleting Gmail account
1 – Take Backup
So whatever is the reason of deleting your Gmail account, it is always good to be on a safer side so that in case anything unexpected happens, you have some alternatively to address issue. What I’am trying to say is it doesn’t hurt to take backup before deleting Gmail account. Here is the process
Step: 1- Login to Gmail account.
Step: 2– Go to Google Account Backup Wizard. You will see all the products associated with Gmail account. Every product has details given next to it and a GREEN check box.
If the box is green with a check sign, the item is selected and it will be including in backup wizard. The list includes, all your emails, contacts, tasks, saved searches etc. Select the items you want to include in backup file and Hit NEXT as shown in below image.
Step: 3– It will show the number of items selected, which format you want to download backup in, size of backup file and the method to download the backup. Here in this case, I’ve chosen zip file (recommended) as back file type, 2GB size and download link via email. Click “Create archive” to start backup process.
Step:4 – The backup process will start. Allow it for time.
Step:5– Once the backup is ready, you’ll receive e-mail with link to download the backup file. It will look similar to one given in below image.
Step:6 – As soon as you hit “Download archive” button in email, a separate page will open and the backup will start downloading automatically. Select the location you want to download backup to. If it doesn’t get started, click “Download”button as shown in below image.
You are done with taking backup of all your emails, contacts and other associated products you chosen at the time of creating backup file. Now in case once you delete your Gmail account and need to access any email you received to this email address, you can do that by re-storing emails from backup.
2 – Change your Email to a new one
The other important thing you need to do before heading to delete your Gmail account permanently is to change email with a new one. Once you delete your Gmail address, nobody will be able to contact you through that email. So if you have given this email address to the Banks, Paypal, school/ collage/ office or associated it with Social Media profiles, entered it as e-mail recover option for your other email, at Job portals or everywhere else…
Change it to a new one where you want to receive such communication emails to.
How to delete Gmail account permanently
Here comes the final part. So since you have decided to delete your gmail account permanently and we have taken backup of all necessary products, you can go ahead and delete your Gmail account permanently.
Though it is advisable to think again before deleting Gmail account because once it is deleted, all your e-mails, contacts will be lost and you’ll not be able to receive e-mails from suppliers/clients/banks/govt bodies/private institution and everywhere else where you have given this e-mail.
Considering you’ve taken all the consequences into consideration and ready to delete your Gmail account, I’ll writing stepwise tutorial to permanently delete it.
Step:1 – Login to your account.
Step: 2– Click the top right round solid circle and hit “My Account” as shown in below image.
Step:3 – It will take you to account preference which looks similar to below image. You can control whole Gmail account from here such as updating personal information, Change password, Ads settings etc. Under “Account Preferences”click “Delete your account or services”
Step: 4 – Now there is two things. Delete products Or Delete Google Account and Data. If you want to delete associated products, chose the first option. If you want to delete your Gmail Address and other services such as you tube in one go, select latter one.
Step:5 -If you chose first option, you will be taken to below page. Here you can chose which product you want to delete. Either only Gmail Or Youtube. You just need to hit delete sign infront of the product and item will be deleted.Step: 6– If you chose latter option in Step:4, you will be taken to below page. Here again, you are allowed to take backup of your data if you haven’t already taken.
But since we are already done with this exercise, we can skip that. All the items which you will lost access to are given on this page. If you are ok, tick the check two check boxes shown by a red arrow in below image.
Now you are just one step way from deleting your Gmail account. Think again if you really want to delete Gmail account.
(Caution: you will lose access to this account for forever and it can not be recovered)
If you have really decided to delete, hit “Delete Account”
Done ! you Gmail account has been deleted permanently ! You’ll not be able to access your Gmail address anymore and anyone who tries to send emails to this email address will get delivery failure notice.