Q: How do I permanently delete my Gmail account?
“Hi, I don't know if it is the right place to ask this question, but I really want to delete my Gmail account and I have no idea how to do it. Thanks.”
Each time you go online, checking or sending emails is probably one of the first things you do, yeah? And Gmail is probably your choice email service. It’s quite ironic, then, that you remain ignorant of Gmail’s many settings since you use it every day. But don’t worry, you’re not alone in this. Most people only know the basic ways to use Gmail, so deleting their Gmail account becomes a problem too. But it’s a really simple thing to do.
You only need to navigate to your settings and click some buttons, but if you’ve never done it before, it can seem pretty daunting; the same goes for deleting Gmail on any Android device. Do as this post tells you and you’ll be done with deleting your Gmail account in no time.
Ask yourself this question: Can I delete my Gmail account? The simple answer is YES, you can, but that doesn’t mean you should barge ahead and do it. Slow down, cowboy. Consider what deleting your Gmail account really means. Consider all the possible ramifications because some of them might actually be detrimental to you.
First off, make sure you understand what removing your Gmail account entails, then you can consider the consequences and weigh them out: Will the overall end result be beneficial to you or not? Removing your Gmail account means entirely deleting it from the Gmail email service, and thus, severing your account’s links to numerous websites or apps. It’s like telling your Gmail ‘bye-bye!’ with no hope of it ever returning again. And be mindful of the consequences of deleting your Gmail account:
Well, duh! This should be pretty obvious. If you don’t have an email, it means you don’t have any platform to save your mails. If you get rid of your account, expect to lose all the emails you’ve saved in your inbox, drafts folder, outbox, sent messages and even your trash.
You can pretty much forget about all your contacts being able to reach you via email. Likewise, if you run a business, your customers can’t contact you anymore because they’re only familiar with your deleted email address.
Using social media accounts, bank accounts, and other platforms without linking them to your email is all but impossible in the modern world. Haven’t you ever forgotten a password to Instagram and the only way to get it back is to send a reset link to your email? Well, guess what: If you don’t have an email account to receive the reset link, you can kiss all your Instagram followers goodbye.
Okay, it’s finally time. Pay attention because there can’t be any room for mistakes. Click the wrong buttons and you’ll lose everything without having their backup. Follow the steps properly and all this will be a walk in the park for you. This tutorial will require you to be online from start to finish, so make sure your internet is stable. Poor or fidgety internet service can hamper your progress and slow you down because removing Gmail account on your system is a process which necessitates moving between several webpages.
Oh, and download all the data in your Gmail account before getting rid of it. This is not just good advice; it’s essential, unless you want to lose very important and sensitive information. This is how you can go about doing that:
Step 1: Gain Access to the “Download Your Data” Page
Start off by logging into the Gmail account soon to meet its demise, then click this link: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout?pli=1. You’ll be taken to the page below, which is the data download page.
Look at the various icons under the “Product” category on the webpage. You’ll see a lot of Google products, each with a checkbox or button to it’s right. Tick the ones you want to back up, but honestly, not everything is important, so save yourself time by only downloading “Contacts” and “Mail”.
Step 2: Choose the Data to be Downloaded
On the same page, you’ll notice that all the products are already set to be downloaded: You’ll either see they have been ticked or, if you’re using the older version of Google, the checkmark beside each product has been greened out. Untick or deselect the products, leaving only the two mentioned earlier. Once done, what you see will look like the image below:
Click on the “Next” button and a new page will open up: The “Customize archive format” page.
Now, on this page, you’ll be presented with 3 sections, and choosing from all of them is a must. The first one is the “File type”, where you’ll be asked to select a .tgz, .zip or .tbz file. The second one is “Archive size (max)” which entails sizes that go from 1 to 50 GB. Last of them is the “Delivery method”, and your options here are: Add to Drive, Send download link via email,Add to OneDrive, Add to Box and Add to Dropbox.
Click the tiny arrow to the right of each section to bring up a dropdown menu and make your selection. You’re advised to click the “Send download link via email” for the delivery method because it makes things easier. That will become evident soon.
Step 3: Create and Manage Archives
You’re almost there. Only a few more webpages to go. Once you’re through selecting an option for the 3 sections, there’s a “Create archive” button located at the bottommost part of the page. Click it. The next webpage will look like this:
Go on and click the “Manage archives” button. The next screen will ask you to confirm everything so the process may commence. Click the “Done” button. Google will now usher you towards the privacy settings screen where you can tweak it to your taste.
Step 4: Get Your Data to your Computer
Remember what you did up there? When you chose your email as your preferred choice of receiving the download? Good. When you open your Gmail account, you’ll see a message with the link to the archive or Google data you compiled.
After clicking on the message to open it, you’ll see a “Download archive” button. Click it too. Google will ask you to type in your login details and get into your account. A page called the “Download your data: archive” will pop up.
Pay attention to the prompt in the image below that enquires what you intend to do with the downloaded data. Click on “Save as”, which will launch a Windows Explorer window, then navigate to any directory where you want the data stored and click on the “Save” button. That’s that for backing up your data. Now comes the real deal: Deleting the Gmail account! Are you ready? Onward to the first step, then.
Step 1: Gain Access to your Account Preferences
This is much easier and quicker than backing up your data. Just click this link: https://myaccount.google.com/ . It will take you to the Google “Account preferences” page, which should a little like what you see below:
Navigate over to where you’ll see “Delete your account or services”. There’s a “Delete products” button on the bottom left. Click it. You’ll also see a “Delete Google Account and data” button below this option. Here’s a little tip: DON’T CLICK IT, lest you lose the whole Google account. Yikes!
Once you ascertain that the Gmail address on the window is indeed the one to be deleted, go ahead and type in your password again and “Sign in”. The next screen you see will be the “Delete a Google service” one.
Step 2: Choose the Delete Option
Begin by clicking on the “Delete a Google service” screen. You’ll probably see a number of Google services, but your focus is Gmail. Locate it and click the “trash” icon adjacent to the Gmail icon.
Google will ask you to type in an alternate email that will give you access to its other services. And you’ll be asked to input the NEW email you wish to use Google service from henceforth (it has to be new. There’s no way around this). Click the “Send Verification Email” button you see.
Step 3: Confirm Email Address
Click “GOT IT’ on the next screen you see, then on the confirmation link in your new email on the subsequent screen.
The “Confirm Gmail deletion” screen will pop up. Tick the checkbox to bid your email account farewell, then click the big, blue “DELETE GMAIL” button. And that’s it. You’ve done it. Congratulations, bro! (or sis).
So, now you know how to remove a Gmail account from your PC, right? Feeling pretty proud of yourself, aren’t you? News flash: You aren’t an expert just yet, lol. There’s still a lot more for you to learn; like knowing how to do the exact same thing, but on an Android device. It’s probably the easiest thing to do and should take you less than a minute if you’re quick with your fingers.
Step 1: Open Android Settings
Regardless of the Android OS version you’re using, the easiest way is to look for the “gear” icon on your phone’s home screen or wherever your app’s icons are located. Or, you can swipe down on your screen starting from the top. This launches the notification bar where the gear icon will once more represent your settings icon. Touch it to open up the setting screen.
Step 2: Open Android Accounts 1
For this step, scroll down the “Settings” screen until you see “Accounts”. The Android version your phone runs on will determine the kind of menu you’ll see. You might see “Accounts”, “Accounts and Sync”, “Users and Accounts” or “Cloud and Accounts”. It matters little what they are because they will all redirect you to the same place.
Step 3: Open Android Accounts 2
Tap “Accounts” and a new window will open up where you’ll see “Accounts” again. Tap it to open up all the accounts linked to your Android device.
Step 4: Choose the Gmail Account
You’ll most likely see more than one account because, in all likelihood, you have more than one Gmail account, don’t you? Select the one to be deleted. You’ll also see Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and any other app that’s linked to your device. Here’s a little warning. You’ll see “Google” close to where “Accounts” are. Don’t click it because if you’re not careful, you’ll end up deleting your Gmail account instead of just removing it from the phone. And then you’ll be in real trouble.
Step 5: Remove the Account 1
When you tap the Google account, look below the “Sync account” or “Account sync” and you’ll see a blue or grey “REMOVE ACCOUNT” button. Tap it.
Step 6: Remove Account 2
The final step will be preceded by a prompt notifying you of what will happen when you delete your account. Click the “REMOVE ACCOUNT” button once and you’re done.
Obviously, you can access Google from more than just your personal Android device and PC. If you’ve ever logged into your Gmail account in your friend’s phone and then forgot to log out of it, you do know what the implications are, don’t you? Yeah, it means your friend has access to your Gmail. Are you really comfortable with that? Because your friend now has access to all your information and dirty little secrets, lol. But don’t worry, denying him access is quite simple. You can remove your account from his phone remotely. Do this:
Step 1: Open Chrome Browser
You first have to open up your web browser (Goggle Chrome is recommended, for obvious reasons), then log into your Gmail account. Here’s a simple way to kill two birds with one stone. By inputting your Google account details into your browser, you’ve automatically logged into your Gmail account too. This happens by default.
Type in Google’s default page into your browser: https://www.google.com/. You’ll see a field to type in your email or phone, then another one to type in your password. Finally, click “Next” to go to the last page.
Step 2: Open Up Gmail Account
Now, just enter Gmail from the browser and click on the 9 dots you see on the upper right section of the webpage. A menu will pop up revealing numerous Google services like Google Drive, Playstore, etc. Click on “Account”
Step 3: Select Target Device
In the next window, look to the left and you’ll see several tabs. Click on the “Security” tab, then scroll all the way down until you see the “Your Devices” section. There will be a list of all the devices you’ve signed your Google account into. The cheap Motorola phone in the image below will be used as an example here. Think of it as the target device with the Google account to be logged out of. Click on “Your devices”.
Step 4: Remove the Device
You can now select the target device (very cheap Motorola phone). After that, you’ll be taken to the final window; make sure you don’t click any other device unless you want to remove your Google account from them too.
For the last step, just click on “Sign out” and you’re home free. Your nosey friend won’t have access to your Google account anymore. Yep, you can now start breathing easily. All your secrets are safe from his prying eyes.
You already learned about the dire consequences of deleting your Gmail account, but there’s another side to this action; a better side, to be precise. Sometimes, deleting your Gmail account can only be the sensible and logical step to take. If you still have doubts, the reasons below might change your perspective on the matter.
Yeah, hackers suck, don’t they? You’re just minding your own business and living your life without worry, then someone just ups and decides it would be a good idea to tamper with your “bank” of sensitive information (email). That’s not cool at all.
A simple way to stop hackers in their tracks is to delete the account. You may have lost access to it but so has the hacker. But, before getting rid of your Gmail account with all the info stuffed in it, change your password and report the breach of your privacy to Google. And let all your buddies know the emails they’re receiving might not be coming from you. When all that’s settled, bid your account a warm goodbye and close it down.
What happens when you perpetually enter bogus contests with your emails? Or sign up for newsletters with wanton disregard for what they can do to your inbox? The answer is simple: Your inbox will be flooded with useless and annoying messages.
You can try to unsubscribe from any mailing list you’re on or get rid of the infinite messages, but be honest with yourself: Are you really up for the task? Can you imagine what it means to go through your inbox and unsubscribe from dozens of mailing lists one-by-one? The thought alone makes you nervous, doesn’t it? Solution? Delete your account!
Your Gmail is beset by so much spam from so many channels that it seems as if the whole world is out to get you, doesn’t it? It’s annoying and frustrating, to say the least. Adverts from unknown companies; pleas from dubious charity organizations trying to solicit money from you; congratulatory messages from contests you never entered and much more all bunch up to fill your spam folder. What do you do?
Deleting the messages rarely helps because even before you blink, there are already 8 new messages invading your account! Save yourself the stress of emptying your spam folder every 5 minutes and just delete your account. That way, these shady individuals and companies won’t have access to you anymore. Yay!
Yeah, many folks fall victim to this little issue. The majority of people opened their emails years ago; most have been using the same email for decades even, meaning they probably opened the accounts when they were teens. You see where this is heading, right? Can you confidently apply for a job with an email like email@example.com? It’s highly unlikely if the target company will even consider your application, much less take you seriously. So, when adulthood comes knocking on the door, it’s time to get rid of your old email and open a more mature and sensible-sounding one.
Going back to use and email that has been dormant for an exceptionally long period of time isn’t a very smart thing to do. Who knows what you’ll find n there? Better yet, who knows whether hackers have now gained access to it? To be on the safe side, just walk away and open a new Gmail account instead. It’s better to be safe than sorry, bro.
Well, now you know the most convenient way to delete your Gmail account. Always back up your data before deleting it because you probably have several years’ worth of valuable information in there; sometimes, you even forget what you’ve saved until you go searching for it. It won’t bode well to lose all that information at once. In addition, if you need to recover Gmail account, check this post: How to Recover Gmail Account