Just in! Google announces new important policy changes for their users Google Account Storage.
The new storage policies will affect Google users using Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files) and/or Google Photos that bring them in line with industry practices.
Below is a summary of the new policies that will take effect starting June 1, 2021:
- If you're inactive for 2 years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, Google may delete the content in the product(s) in which you're inactive. Google One members who are within their storage quota and in good-standing will not be impacted by this new inactive policy.
- If you exceed your storage limit for 2 years, they may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos.
What this means for Google users:
- You won't be impacted by these changes unless you've been inactive or over your storage limit for 2 years. As this policy goes into effect June 1, 2021, the earliest it would be enforced is June 1, 2023.
- After June 1, 2021, if you are either inactive or over your storage limit, Google will send you email reminders and notifications in advance and prior to deleting any content.
- Even if you are either inactive or over your storage limit for one or more of these services and content is deleted, you will still be able to sign in.
The Inactive Account Manager can help you manage specific content and notify a trusted contact if you stop using your Google Account for a certain period of time (between 3-18 months).
Note: the new 2 year inactive policy will apply regardless of your Inactive Account Manager settings. You can learn more about these changes and ways to manage your or a loved one's account in their Help Center.
You can use the free storage manager in the Google One app and on the web to see how you're using your Google Account storage, and free up space across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.
Note: The inactivity and over quota storage policies will apply only to consumer users of Google services. Google Workspace, G Suite for Education and G Suite for Nonprofits policies are not changing at this time, and admins should look to the Admin Help center for storage policies related to their subscriptions.
To learn more information about your storage quota, you can check them out at the Google Help Center page here.
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