How to delete your Gmail account without losing any of your data

  • You can delete your Gmail account in the “Data & Personalization” tab of your Google settings.
  • Deleting your Gmail account won’t delete your Google account entirely, but will delete all the email you have saved at that address.
  • Once you delete your Gmail account, you won’t be able to send or receive email from that address.
  • You can download your email data before deleting the Gmail account, if you’d like to save your emails.
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If you have a Gmail account that you no longer want, whether because it was for a business you no longer run, or was created when you were thirteen and now only receives spam emails, you may find yourself wanting to delete it. 

When you delete a Gmail address, you won’t delete the Google account associated with it. This means you’ll still be able to use other Google apps like YouTube or Docs.

However, deleting the Gmail address means deleting all the email saved inside of it. Additionally, neither you nor anyone else will be able to send or receive mail at that address.

So, make sure you’re absolutely sure of your decision before you decide to delete your Gmail account. 

If you’re certain you want to do it, here’s how to delete a Gmail account using any internet browser on your PC or Mac computer.

How to delete your Gmail account

1. Open the Gmail account that you want to delete on your PC or Mac computer.

2. Click on your profile icon in the top-right corner to open your account menu.

3. From your account menu, click “Manage your Google Account.”

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Select “Manage your Google account.”

4. In the left-hand sidebar, click the “Data & personalization” tab.

5. Scroll down and click “Delete a service or your account.”

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Go to “Data & personalization” and then “Delete a service or your account.”

6. Click “Delete a service” under the “Delete a Google service” section.

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Find the “Delete a Google Service” heading.

7. Enter your password, if prompted, to verify that it’s you.

8. On this page you can choose to download your data before deleting your account by clicking the blue “DOWNLOAD DATA” button. 

9. Click on the trash can icon next to “Gmail” at the bottom of the page.

How to delete Gmail account
Click the trash can and then provide a confirmation email address.

10. Enter an email to send a confirmation message to. This email cannot be another Gmail account. Click the blue “SEND VERIFICATION EMAIL” button. 

11. Log into the email account you provided and open the email that Google just sent. Click on the link inside to finish the deletion process.

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Google says Gmail should be restored shortly after users had problems during the company’s second service disruption in 2 days

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  • Google said it expects to resolve Gmail issues by 4:00 p.m. PT after a “significant subset of users” experienced problems with the email service on Tuesday, according to Google.
  • Although users can access Gmail, Google said, users saw error messages, lags, and ‘unexpected behavior.’ 
  • On Tuesday evening, DownDetector received over 16,000 reports that users were having problems with Gmail. 
  • The service issue is Google’s second in two days. Yesterday, an outage took out YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps for about an hour. 
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Google said on Tuesday that it plans to have Gmail running normally again by 4:00 p.m. PT after a large number of users experienced issues.

“We expect to resolve the problem affecting a significant subset of users of Gmail at 12/15/20, 4:00 PM. Please note that this time frame is an estimate and may change,” Google said on its website.

Gmail users experienced lags, error messages, and ‘unexpected behavior’ on the popular email service on Tuesday, according to Google. The platform didn’t specify how many users have been affected, but service monitoring website DownDetector received over 16,000 reports of issues with Gmail Tuesday evening.

“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior,” read an alert on Google’s service dashboard earlier on Tuesday.

The service issues come just a day after Google experienced a large outage that took out Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail. Monday’s service issues began at about 6:30 a.m. ET and were resolved around 8 a.m. ET, Business Insider previously reported.

On Tuesday, Google first reported that Gmail was having issues at 4:29 p.m. At 5:18 p.m. Google wrote, “Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 12/15/20, 6:00 PM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.”

For the latest about the service disruptions, check Google’s Workspace Status Dashboard.

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