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How do I delete old Gmail accounts?

Answer

  1. Sign into your Gmail account.
  2. Click the grid icon.
  3. Select “Account.”
  4. Under the “Account preferences“.
  5. Click “Delete your account or services.”
  6. Select “Delete products.”
  7. Enter your password.

There are 3 methods that you can use in deleting an old Gmail account. These methods are listed below: Method 1 (by logging into your gmail settings) This method allows you to see all of your previous emails or other data that is stored online by using a Google service for each individual Gmail account that you have set up in your gmail settings.

1- Open www.gmail.com 2- In the upper right hand corner of the page, click on the “My Account” icon 3- When opened, hover your cursor over the “Sign-in & Security” tab and click on the “Accounts” section 4- When opened, scroll down until you see your multiple email accounts 5- Clicking on the email account that you want to delete will show you more details about it

NOTE: Deleting an old Gmail account means that all of the emails or other data associated with that particular email address will be deleted from both online (also called as being in cache) and offline storage by Google. Before deleting an old Gmail account that uses any Google service for each individual Gmail account such as google docs, google drive, etc., make sure to download whatever files/data that is needed. Method 2 (by logging into www.gmail.com) is much easier as there are more options than logging into each service individually.

Step 1: Logging in to the Gmail account that will be deleted.

Gmail has a “sign in” link which can be found at the top right of your Gmail inbox screen and next to your profile picture (see image above). In the dropdown menu select “Settings”. After you click on settings, you’ll see an option for “accounts and imports”, choose that. The first section is titled “delete data”, click on that then continue. If you have 2-step authentication enabled, this will ask for a verification code before allowing you to delete your account information from Google’s servers or services related to Gmail such as google drive (docs, slides, sheets), google plus and many more.

Step 2: Deleting accounts from Google’s services other than Gmail (in case the old email account uses these services).

If you have an old email address that has been logged into other Google-related services like docs, drive, etc., it’s important to sign out of each service before deleting the old e-mail address as otherwise you’ll lose all access to those files/data. You can do this by signing into each individual service one by one. For example if your old e-mail is “[email protected]” then you’d need to do the following for each service where that e-mail address might have accessed data or used it:

Sign out of google docs: http://docs.google.com/a/your-domain.com or https://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive -> sign in with your gmail login info, then click on “Sign Out” at the bottom right side of the screen under the heading “Google Docs Settings”. This will remove you from accessing these files in any way and also delete all data associated with that particular email address from google’s servers and other google services such as drive, etc., if you have signed in to those services previously using that e-mail account.

Step 3: Deleting a Gmail account permanently (no longer able to retrieve it ever again)

After steps 1 and 2 are done, go back to Step 1 on how to delete data from Google’s servers for your gmail account. For the “delete data”, choose “Delete permanently”.

Step 4: Confirmation that the Gmail account will be deleted forever (no longer able to retrieve it ever again)

Just like Steps 1 and 2 above, you’ll receive a verification code after choosing “delete permanent” in Step 8. Enter/confirm the verification code and then finally click on “OK”. After 24 hours has passed, nobody will be able to access this email address or any of its content anymore unless they have some sort of special court order. NOTE: The reason why it takes 24 hours is because once requested, Google needs time to permanently delete your Gmail account data from all of their servers. Sometimes there’s a delay in deleting an email address manually, so you may have to wait for 24 hours in the worst case scenario. The removal should be instant if nobody is accessing or using any of those services associated with your old e-mail address that is being deleted. In which case, the login isn’t working anymore after Step 2 because it was already requested to permanently remove that e-mail address immediately after you first accessed “delete data” under Google’s settings.

Step 5: What happens when a Gmail account is deleted? (can’t retrieve or reset password)

When an e-mail address is deleted by going through steps 1-5 on this page, it’s gone forever and you won’t be able to retrieve it or access any of the data associated with that address. However, if you want two-step verification on your new Gmail account then you can choose to have a ” recovery email address ” set up as an alternative e-mail address where all future password recovery emails will be sent. If this is done then there is still one more way for Google to automatically send a link/code for resetting the login password, which is when they decide it’s necessary in some cases (that might happen in some situations).

The recovery email address then will be able to use this link/code to reset the password, even though you no longer have access to that e-mail address. In some cases Google may ask for a copy of your drivers license or passport which can be used as an alternate identity in case someone else has taken control of the account using another person’s identity. For example if they couldn’t send you any password resets because your old Gmail login got hacked and somebody else is in control of that email address already. So having a recovery email address set up allows you one more way for Google to contact you about certain situations related to regained possession over this account (such as sending you a link/code when it’s needed). If there are ever extra charges on your credit card or any other issues related to the account, Google holds a copy of your drivers license or passport as an additional identity that can be used if you don’t already have access to this account. In which case you would need to supply them with some information from that document so they know it’s really you who is trying to recover control over the email address again and not somebody else.

If there are ever extra charges made on your credit card or any other issues related to the account (aside from password resets), then Google will hold on to a copy of your drivers license or passport data for added security and protection against someone trying to regain possession over this e-mail address using another person’s identity. An example of someone trying to do this might be if your Gmail account got hacked and you can’t recover it back, or some other reason that you lost control over the email address. So if anybody tries to create a new Google account using your same old e-mail address or any other false information which isn’t tied to your real identity (and/or they don’t have a copy of your drivers license or passport), then Google won’t allow it because they know who you really are. Then eventually after receiving a court order from a judge, Google would send out an e-mail with instructions on how to regain access over the account.

How do I delete old Gmail accounts?

1. Sign into your Gmail account.
2. Click the grid icon.
3. Select “Account.”
4. Under the “Account preferences“.
5. Click “Delete your account or services.”
6. Select “Delete products.”
7. Enter your password.

Can you delete a Gmail email address?

Google may ask you to sign in again. Select your username and password, then follow Google’s instructions once you have successfully logged back into your account.

How can I delete an email I sent?

To recall a sent message in Mail, open the Sent Items folder and find the email you’re looking for. Open it up and then hit Other Actions then click Recall This Message. You have two options: Delete unread copies and replace with a new message or Delete unread copies without replacing the message at all.

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