In nearly five months, Google services will delete all email accounts that have been inactive for 2 years. As of July 21, these accounts will be subject to permanent deletion.
Google is starting to think about making room on its servers and is hunting down inactive accounts. Last May, the company announced that it would remove any Google accounts that had been inactive for two years.
Launched three years ago, this inactivity update only affected files stored on Google Drive at the time. This will now be the case for Google accounts themselves, for “all products and services”, underlines the Mountain View giant.
The Californian group will therefore remove the content of Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar, etc.), YouTube and therefore Google Photos if the account has not logged in once for two years
Indeed, the application of the new measure starts on July 21, but the deletions are not made until December. Google therefore warns its users by email, on the address of said account and on that of recovery.
Regarding business accounts, this update does not impact them. They are spared. If your account is linked to a YouTube channel that has videos and is still getting comments, you should be spared. Similarly, if you are a developer of an application listed on the Play Store, if you have a gift card with an always positive balance, the delay will not apply.
Send or read an email, download an app, watch a YouTube video, go to Google Drive or Google Docs, use Google search, or just log into a third-party app or service and you’ll be spared.