Google will delete inactive Gmail accounts starting today. Yes, Google has started deleting inactive accounts that have not been used or signed into for at least two years, according to this report.
The company has taken this step to prevent security risks, as forgotten or unattended accounts are more likely to be compromised. These accounts typically have old passwords, often lack two-factor authentication, and receive fewer security checks. As a result, they could be hijacked and used for spam or other malicious content, as well as identity theft.
Accounts deemed inactive will be erased in a phased-approach beginning Friday, December 1st, 2023. Google will send multiple notices to the email affiliated with that account and its recovery address (if one exists) to inform users of the impending deletion.
To keep your Google account active and prevent it from being deleted, sign in at least once every two years. Other actions that fulfill account activity requirements include sending or scrolling through emails, using Google search, and watching YouTube videos (YouTube is owned by Google) all while signed into your Google account.
Existing subscriptions set up through your Google account, including profiles for third-party apps and publications, can also account for activity. Preserving content on Google Photos requires a specific sign-in. Photos content may be similarly deleted after two years of inactivity — meaning you should open the application every so often to keep images from going into the trash.
Remember, only personal Google accounts that haven’t been used for two years or more will be impacted under this inactive-account update. Accounts made for organizations, like schools or companies, will not be affected.
So if you have an inactive Gmail account, it's best to check it today before Google gets into it and deletes it. What do you think of Google doing this? Leave your comment and share this news with your family and friends. Stay safe and keep your account active!