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How do I permanently delete my Google account?

Answer

  1. Go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. Click Data and personalization.
  3. Scroll to “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”
  4. Click Delete a service or your account.
  5. Click Delete your account.

You can’t. There is no option to do that. The only way to get rid of your Google account is to delete all data associated with it and leave the company’s ecosystem entirely.

Why? Because the minute you quit they will close down all your accounts, revoke access for every single one of your devices and apps, wipe out any saved credit card details or anything else that ties you permanently to Google services – even if you explicitly asked them not to do so! You’ll lose Gmail messages, YouTube videos, photos stored in Picasa Web Albums and more, my friend – so be sure this is what you want before going ahead. To deactivate an account go here . It’s just like deleting a Tumblr blog: it removes your profile from search results, but all your information remains intact. To carry out a full deletion you must go through the process listed in the next section. It’s worth noting that even if you deactivate an account, Google continues to store some of your data for as long as you use its services or until you explicitly delete it. Bottom line: when you sign up for a Google account (Gmail, YouTube, Picasa Web Albums etc.), make sure you understand what happens if and when something goes wrong. If that’s okay with you then press on! Otherwise search elsewhere.

What else should I know?

In addition to your basic Google account (Gmail, YouTube etc.) the company stores a wide range of data relating to you and your activity. This includes search history, location tracking information based on where you go with your Android phone or other mobile devices and more. Also bear in mind that once an account is deleted, it’s gone for good. So before deleting your account make sure you have a backup of all valuable data across all devices and services associated with it. Even if they erase all records relating to your account upon deletion, copies may still exist somewhere in their systems and not be recoverable afterwards! Finally: make sure you delete or transfer ownership of any domains associated with Google. Otherwise they’ll automatically be deleted.

How do I delete my Google account for real?

Deleting an account is very easy. You just go to the Account Deletion page and follow instructions. Here you are asked to choose from a list of devices associated with your account (make sure you pick them all), then provide your password info again, agree to some terms, confirm you want to disappear and that’s it! Your email address will still work for a while, but it will eventually be marked as inactive and all records relating to you erased altogether. If you need help, here is the official FAQ. And if that’s not enough information for you – there are many resources out there providing additional details on how this whole process works. The most comprehensive one I know of is by Reg Saddler.


What do I do if my account has already been deleted?

If you realise that your account has been cancelled before the deletion period had ended (which can happen if you are switching to a new email address), go here and submit an enquiry. Tell them about your lost or closed account, provide details about this and they will reactivate it for you. Also note that Google offers a very generous data download service which allows users to export their content including videos, emails etc. Take advantage of this! It’s listed here: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout . You can use it anytime in the future even after you have deleted your account.

Is there an alternative to Google?

For many users, switching from Gmail or other services in its portfolio is easier said than done. Alternatives such as Microsoft Outlook are too boring and the privacy policies of free email providers like Yahoo! or Facebook make them absolutely not worth considering. So what can we do? Opting out completely is a hard choice, but for those who believe it’s necessary there are some existing solutions which should help you out: If you need an email provider that will not scan your emails read more here . And if you want to use web search that doesn’t track you, check DuckDuckGo , StartPage , Disconnect Search and Qwant . All of these projects are run as free and open source with an emphasis on privacy protection. They are not connected to any big corporation like Google and as such represent an ideal alternative for those who oppose the practices of “the search giant”. They are also committed to protecting your data and keeping it from third parties.

Can I keep using my Google account without being tracked?

You can use either DuckDuckGo or StartPage for search (which will protect you from profiling by Google) and CloudMailin (an email client which is free of advertising). Of course there are other tracking elements related to your web browsing. You should be aware that HTTPS encryption does not automatically mean a website is safe – many still rely on non-secure trackers as well as third party tools such as cookies. Read more about commonly used ways to spy on users.

If you are looking for a good browser, here are some options to consider:

Firefox is an open source project with a high reputation for privacy protection and advanced functionality (see add-ons). You can also use the developer edition of Firefox which allows users to enable additional security measures such as plugins to disable tracking cookies or invalidate local storage when you close your browser. Note that Firefo0x uses Google by default for search but this can be changed in preferences. Chromium is a version of the open source browser Chrome but without any Google services bundled in, so it’s always worth giving it a try if you like Chrome already. For those looking for a privacy conscious mobile browser, there is also this good advice on Reddit .

What about my photos?

Google Photos is an online service which allows you to store and organise your pictures. It will automatically categorise your images based on their content – i.e. whether they are of friends and family or scenery etc. This feature can be turned off in your account settings. Otherwise, note that Google stores all pictures uploaded by users even after it deletes the accounts (it says “all users” but I guess this refers to everyone except business customers who have paid for unlimited storage).

Remove your search history from Google (a useful tip if you don’t want anyone to find out what interests you on the Internet). You can do this using your History page. Of course, remember that anything which has already been indexed by Google will still be available. Instructions are here: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/3097222?hl=en-GB. Note also that at the time of writing it is impossible to remove or edit any personalized advertisements generated by Google Search; all you can do is opt-out using a specific link provided in each ad (why not just not show one?).

How can I stop Google from using my name, photo and what I write in email messages to personalise their ads?

If you want to opt-out of personalized advertising based on your information (including search terms) visit this page : https://www.google.co.uk/settings/u/0/?hl=en#adchoice. Note that this policy is applied only to current accounts – not new ones created in the future. There are also settings available at https://adssettings.google.com/#contact:optout for users who want to prevent data being used by third party Google services such as YouTube or Gmail Labels (in which case you need to uncheck the box “Allow Gmail to show personalized ads in Gmail” ) .

How can I get Google to delete any information it has saved about me?

If you are signed in, go here : https://www.google.com/history/opt-out and select Delete all Web History (note that this deletes personalised information relating to search queries from any computer using your login). If you don’t want your data deleted completely you can request for some of it to be deactivated.

How can I get Google to delete information it has saved about me?

If you are signed in, go here : https://www.google.com/history/opt-out and select Delete all Web History (note that this deletes personalised information relating to search queries from any computer using your login). If you don’t want your data deleted completely you can request for some of it to be deactivated.

How do I permanently delete my Google account?

1. Go to myaccount.google.com.
2. Click Data and personalization.
3. Scroll to “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”
4. Click Delete a service or your account.
5. Click Delete your account.

Can I delete my Gmail account permanently?

Deleting your Gmail account permanently removes all emails and settings. However, deleting your Gmail will not delete the rest of Google that is associated with it.

How do I delete my Google Account altogether?

Log in to the Google account you want to delete and go to your Account page. Under Accounts & Preferences click Delete your account or services. Click Delete Google Account and Data and enter your password when prompted.

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