How to delete your gmail account: Gmail icon in a trash can.

Are you wondering how to permanently delete your Gmail account? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This article will tell you how to purge your Gmail account from the internet forever.


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What happens when you delete your Gmail account?
6 things to consider before deleting your Gmail account
How to delete your Gmail account


What happens when you delete your Gmail account?

Deleting your Gmail account will delete all your emails and close your inbox.

Note: Emails will still exist in the email accounts of the people with whom you’ve corresponded, unless they too have deleted their email accounts.

If anybody tries to email you at that address after you’ve deleted the account, the email will bounce back.

Gmail showing a bounced email.

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6 things to consider before deleting your Gmail account

1. You will lose access to your account.

When you delete your Gmail account, you will no longer be able to send or receive email with that email address. Make sure to inform all relevant parties before shutting down your Gmail account.

2. You might lose access to third-party services associated with your Gmail account.

If your Gmail account is associated with any other accounts, you might have a bad time. Make sure you update your email address information with these accounts so you don’t encounter the following:

Bad scenario #1: Your Gmail account is associated with your social media accounts, and you can’t reset your passwords or recover your accounts.

Even worse scenario #2: Your Gmail account is linked to your bank account. Three forms of ID and 14 hours of customer service calls later, you end up with a splitting migraine. Yikes!

3. You might want to download a backup of all your emails.

Before you hit the big red button and delete your Gmail account, you might want to download all of your data. Google has a great article to show you how to do this in its Google Accounts Help Center: How to download your data.

Unless, of course, your goal is to destroy every trace of it. Then by all means, fire away!

4. Deleting your Gmail account will not free up your username.

Nobody (including you) will be able to use your Gmail username (username@gmail.com) in the future. This ensures nobody can impersonate you at your old email account.

5. Deleting your Gmail account will not delete your Google Account.

Your Google Account will remain associated with things like your search history and YouTube account.

6. It’s possible to recover your deleted Gmail account—but act fast!

Want to retrieve your deleted emails? You have a window of a few weeks to attempt to recover a deleted Gmail account. Find out how to recover a recently deleted Gmail account.

Phew! OK. Still want to delete your Gmail account? Then read on!

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How to delete your Gmail account

Sign in to your Google Account by going to myaccount.google.com and clicking Sign in.

My Account page with Sign in button highlighted.

Enter your Gmail credentials and click Sign in.

Sign-in screen with address field and Sign in button highlighted.

On the My Account page, under Account Preferences, click Delete your account or services.

Account preferences menu with Delete your account or services highlighted.

Click Delete products.

Account preferences screen with Delete products highlighted.

Re-enter your password, then click Sign in.

Sign-in screen with Sign in button highlighted.

Next to your Gmail account, click the trash can.

Delete a Google service screen with trash can button highlighted.

Enter a new primary email address and your current password and click REMOVE GMAIL.

Delete Gmail screen with Remove Gmail button highlighted.

You will see this message with instructions telling you to open your email. Click OK, got it.

Delete Gmail confirmation screen with OK, got it button highlighted.

Open the Gmail Removal Confirmation email in your email. Click the confirmation link.

Gmail removal confirmation email with link highlighted.

You will be asked to confirm that you want to remove your Gmail account by entering your password. Enter your password and click Confirm.

Confirm delete screen with Confirm button and password field highlighted.

You will see a confirmation message like this:

Google accounts message confirming Gmail has been deleted.

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted Gmail from your Google account.

Now you are free to start your new life under a new secret identity.

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Want more help with de-cluttering your online life? Check out ExpressVN’s guides on:

> Deleting Chrome extensions

> Deleting Dropbox

> Deleting your Facebook account

> Deleting Facebook Messenger

> Deleting Find My iPhone, Find My iPad, and Find my Mac

Deleting your Google history

> Deleting your Google photos

> Deleting your hard drive browsing history

> Deleting your Instagram account

> Deleting your Internet Explorer history

> Deleting your Pokémon Go account

> Deleting Safari

> Deleting your Snapchat account

> Deleting your Tinder account

> Deleting your Twitter account

> Deleting WhatsApp Messenger

> Deleting your Yahoo Mail account

19 thoughts on “How to permanently delete your Gmail account

  1. If you want to delete your gmail account then the given steps are absolutely correct but still if you face issue to delete the Gmail account then you can also take help from the gmail support which will give you the solution in details.

  2. I cannot sign into my gmail account. I have tried everything to sort it as well as my clever family members. Wandering if I can delete it without signing in as well as if it’s ok as I have it as the main email(Primary) on my iPad ?

  3. Thanks for sharing such a good article and for informative things. Your articles are really amazing and I got a lot of information and guidance reading them. It helped me a lot and I will surely follow your article techniques. Waiting for more useful updates and new things
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  4. BS on gmails part. I have to ahve another, non-gmail email account to get a notification to confirm deletion. What if I don’t have (or want) another email?

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