Google just announced that they are updating their inactivity account policy. In it, Google accounts that have not been used for at least two years will be deleted.
Google says that accounts that haven’t been used for a long time are more likely to be compromised due to the use of old, less secure passwords and the lack of two-factor authentication.
Thereafter, if the Google account is not used or signed in for at least two years, Google may delete the account and its contents. Content includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Meet, Calendar, YouTube, and Google Photos.
This policy applies to personal Google accounts rather than those created for businesses and schools. Users with inactive accounts will see those accounts deleted as of December 2023, but Google will provide plenty of notice before canceling the account begins.
Accounts that have been created and never used again will be the first to be cancelled. Google will send multiple notifications to both the account’s email address and the recovery email.
To keep a Google account active, Google recommends that you sign in at least every two years, and anyone who has recently signed in to a Google account or service is considered active and will not be deleted. .
Activities include reading or sending emails, using Google Drive, watching YouTube videos, downloading the Google Play app, using Google Search, signing up for activities through a Google Account, or using Sign with Google.
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