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How to Delete a Gmail Account?

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Emails • Proven solutions

“I don’t use my Gmail account and would like to get rid of it. Can someone tell me how do I delete a Gmail email account?”

As I stumbled upon this query posted on Quora, I realized that so many people look for ways to delete a Gmail email account. Luckily, learning how to delete a Gmail email account is pretty easy since Google provides a seamless solution to deactivate any service from our account. Though, there are a few things that you should do in advance. In this post, I will let you know how do you delete a Gmail email account with other details.

Part 1: What you Should Know Before Deactivating your Gmail Account?

While learning how to delete an email account from Gmail is pretty easy, there are a few things that you should know in advance. For instance, you should know what would happen to your account or the sent emails.

What will happen to your Gmail Account after being deactivated?

What will happen to your sent emails from the deleted account?

Ideally, when you delete a Gmail email account, you won’t be able to access it anymore. Although, other users who have received emails from you can still access the saved emails. After a while, they won’t be able to send an email to you and will get a delivery failure email instead.

Note: Back up your Gmail Data Beforehand

Since your emails would be deleted in the process, make sure that you back up your Gmail account’s data. For this, you can go to the Google account Settings > Data and Personalization > Google Takeout and choose to download a copy of the Gmail archive on the local storage.

Backup Gmail Data

Part 2: How to Delete a Gmail Email Account in These 3 Steps?

Great! Now when you know what happens when we delete a Gmail email account, you are all set to remove your Gmail account. For this, you just need to know the credentials of your Google account and an internet connection. To learn how to delete a Gmail email account, you can follow this stepwise approach.

Step 1: Visit your Account’s Data & Personalization Settings

To start with, just go to the Gmail website and log-in to the account that you wish to delete. Once you log-in, click on your avatar from the top-right corner and choose to manage your Google account.

Manage Google Account

This will launch all the dedicated settings related to your Google account. Go to the sidebar and just click on the “Data & Personalization” option to get more features.

Data and Personalization Settings

Step 2: Choose to Delete your Gmail Email Account

Now, you can just scroll down the page to find the “Download, delete or make a plan for your data” section. Here, you can click on the “Delete a service or your account” option to proceed.

Delete Google Services or Account

Afterward, the interface will display options to delete the entire Google account, a service, or download your data. To continue, you can click on the “Delete a service” button which is listed under the “Delete a Google Service” section.

Delete Google Services

This will display various linked services to your Google account (like YouTube, Gmail, and so on). You can just click on the trash icon adjacent to the Gmail section to delete a Gmail email account.

Delete a Gmail Account

Step 3: Confirm the deletion of your Gmail account

In the end, you need to enter a secondary email for verification to complete the process. Please note that you should be able to access this email as a confirmation link would be sent to this account. Simply enter the email id and click on the “Send verification link” button now.

Enter Secondary Email

That’s it! Now, you have to go to the secondary email account that was listed and find the email sent by Google. Access the email here, agree to the terms, and click on the “Delete Gmail” button to delete your Gmail email account permanently.

Confirm Gmail Deletion

Part 3: How to Recover a Gmail Account that was Deleted Recently?

As you can see, you can easily learn how to delete an email account from Gmail. Thankfully, if you have deleted your account recently, then you can restore it from the Google Account’s Recovery option. The feature will only work to recover accounts that are deleted recently. If it has been a while since your account is deleted, then chances are that you might not get it back.

Here is a simple wizard that you can follow to recover your deleted Gmail account.

Step 1: Visit the Gmail Account Recovery Feature

At first, you have to go to the Google Account Recovery page (right here) where you can read about the process and just click on the link to start the wizard.

Gmail Account Recovery

Step 2: Enter your Account Credentials

As the Google account recovery page would be opened, you can log-in to your account by entering your Gmail id (or username). If you don’t remember it, then click on the “Forget email” option instead.

Gmail Recovery Enter Email

Once that is passed, you have to enter the last password of your Gmail account here. You can choose another method to recover the account if you don’t remember the password.

Gmail Recovery Enter Password

Step 3: Recover the deleted Gmail account

In the end, Gmail will simply send a one-time authentication code to your registered number. You can just enter it on the Google wizard and choose to restore your account easily.

Google Recovery Confirmation OTP

Part 4: Three Quick Steps: How to Recover Emails from a Deleted Gmail Account?

At times, users only delete their Gmail email account by mistake to regret it later on. If it has been a while and you can’t restore your Gmail account, then consider using a data recovery tool. For instance, Recoverit Data Recovery can help you get back your lost photos, videos, documents, audios, compressed files, and so much more.

If you want to get back your lost Gmail account’s data via Recoverit Data Recovery, then you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Select a source location to scan

Install and launch the Recoverit Data Recovery application on your computer and simply select a location to scan. You can select any partition/drive or browse to the specific location where the Gmail data was saved.

computer data recovery

Step 2: Scan the selected location

Afterward, simply start the data recovery process and wait for a while for the process to be completed. You can view the progress of the process and even stop/pause it in between if you want to.

computer scan

Step 3: Recover your lost Gmail data

When the data extraction process is completed, Recoverit Data Recovery would let you know. You can now look for anything via the search option or use the inbuilt filters to get results based on the type, size, modified date, and other parameters.

file filter

If you want, you can preview the results (like your photos, videos, documents, etc.) here and select what you wish to recover. You can now save the extracted data to any desired location on your computer.

photo preview

I’m sure that after reading this post, you would be able to delete a Gmail email account easily. Though, if you have deleted your account by mistake, then you can recover it for a while or use a tool like Recoverit Data Recovery to get back your lost data. Go ahead and try this tutorial or share this guide with others to teach them how to delete a Gmail email account as well.

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Amy Dennis

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