By Our Correspondent
Google has announced plans to delete inactive accounts after two years.
This change started rolling out yesterday, the 8th of August, 2023 and will apply to any Google Account that has not been signed into or used within a two-year period.
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP, Google averred that, these changes do not impact its users unless they have been inactive in their Google Account for two years or have not used their account to sign in to any Google service for over two years.
While the changes go into effect on Tuesday, the search engine company disclosed that the earliest it would enforce any account deletion would be December 2023.
“If your account is considered inactive, we will send several reminder emails to both you and your recovery emails (if any have been provided) before we take any action or delete any account content. These reminder emails will go out at least eight months before any action is taken on your account.
“After a Google Account is deleted, the Gmail address for the deleted account cannot be used again when creating a new Google Account,” it further explained.
On how to keep Google accounts active, Google advised its users to sign in to their account at least once every two years. “If you have signed in to your Google Account recently in the past two years, your account is considered active and will not be deleted,” it assured.
Other ways to keep one’s account active include; reading or sending an email; using Google Drive; watching a YouTube video; sharing a photo; downloading an app; using Google Search and using Sign in with Google to sign in to a third-party app or service, Google disclosed.
There are some exceptions to this policy, the search engine averred, adding that, “examples include: a Google Account with YouTube channels, videos or comments; an account that has a gift card with a monetary balance; or an account that has a published application, for example, one that hosts an app on the Google Play store. Other exceptions to this policy are available here.”