Protect your inactive Google account soon. At least save your data.

Google is set to delete inactive accounts starting December1, raising concerns about potential data loss of Google account holders. This deletion process targets accounts that have not been operated in the last two years, putting content stored in associated products like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Meet, Calendar, Photos, and YouTube at risk.

To safeguard your account from deletion, it's crucial to sign in before the impending deadline this Friday. Google emphasizes that an account is considered active and exempt from deletion if it has been accessed recently. However, if your account falls into the inactive category, take immediate action to prevent any data loss.

For those who wish to retain their data without keeping the inactive account, Google provides an option to back up your content. Utilize the Google Takeout page to download and export your data, including folders, documents, and media. This precautionary step ensures that even if your account becomes inactive, your valuable data remains accessible.

The rationale behind Google's move to delete inactive accounts is rooted in security concerns. Abandoned accounts pose a higher risk of falling victim to malicious threats such as spam, phishing scams, and account hijacking. Google emphasizes that these accounts are often more vulnerable due to outdated or reused passwords, lack of two-factor authentication, and reduced security checks by the user.

In the event your account falls into the inactive category, Google's proactive approach to security necessitates user cooperation. By promptly signing in and, if necessary, backing up your data, you can ensure the preservation of your valuable content while aligning with Google's security measures.

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Google will initiate the deletion process in a phased manner, starting with accounts that were created but never used again. Users should be aware that videos from retired YouTube channels are currently exempt from deletion under this policy, with no immediate plans to remove accounts containing YouTube videos.

Details about Google Takeout


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