How To Delete Google Account?

Deyan G.
Deyan G.

Updated · May 10, 2022

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So… you’ve decided that you want to delete your Google account.

You should probably consider what you’re actually deleting.

Say goodbye to your content from Drive, Gmail, Photos, Chrome bookmarks (if synced), and YouTube. You’ll also lose access to your Google Play purchases.

To be fair, there are some legitimate reasons to remove Google. Do you realize how much Google knows about you?

If yes, let’s jump right in to find out how to delete your Google Account permanently.

How To Delete Google Account? 

Deleting your Google account is a very straightforward process.

Open any web browser and do the following:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com
  • Sign in and click Next
    enter Google Account
  • Click on Data & privacy 
    Google Account Data and privacy
  • Then, go to More options
    Google Account more options
  • Select Delete your Google Account
    Delete Google Account option
  • You can download your data before deleting the account 
    download your data before deleting the account
  • Scroll down and tick the two boxes 
  • Finally, click on Delete Account
    delete Google Account

If you want to only delete certain Google services or Gmail, do the following:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com
  • Sign in and click on Data & privacy 
  • This time, go to Data from apps and services you use
    Data from apps and services you use
  • Click on Delete a Google service
    Delete a Google service
  • Enter your password and click Next
  • You can download your data before removing the service 
  • Click the trash icon on the service you want to remove
    downlaod data and trash the service
  • If you’re doing this to delete your Gmail account, you’ll be asked to sign in with another email. It has to be different from Gmail. For example, Yahoo or Outlook – it doesn’t matter. After that, click on Send verification email 
    Send verification email  confirmation
  • Read the text and click Got it
    confirm you want to delete your google account

Complete the process by opening the verification email.

  • Open the link
    Open the link
  • Tick the box and then click Delete Gmail
    Tick the box and then click Delete Gmail

If for some reason, none of these solutions work, there’s another option. You can make Google delete your account by using the Inactive Account Manager

Follow these next steps to do so:

  • Go to myaccount.google.com/inactive
  • Click on Decide when Google should consider your Google Account inactive. 
    Click on Decide when Google should consider your Google Account inactive.
  • Pick the time and click Next 
    Pick the time and click Next
  • On Choose who to notify & what to share, just click Next
    On Choose who to notify & what to share, just click Next
  • On Decide if your inactive Google Account should be deleted, choose the Yes, delete my inactive Google Account option on the right, and click on Review Plan 
    activate the inactive google account deletion plan
  • Click on Confirm Plan 
    confirm the inactive google account deletion plan

If you want to remove a Google account from Google Chrome, do the following:

  • Go to google.com
  • Click on your profile picture at the top right corner
    Click on your profile picture at the top right corner
  • Click on the gear
    Click on the gear
  • Then, on the three dots
    click on the three dots
  • Choose Delete
    Choose Delete

Depending on what device you’re using, there are some differences in how to deactivate a Google Account.

Continue reading to find out how to do it on different devices.

On iPhone

These steps will only help you remove your Gmail account from your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Mail
  • Tap on Accounts
  • Choose which account to delete
  • Tap on Delete Account
  • Then on Delete from My iPhone

If you want to delete your Google account, services, or Gmail or from an iPhone, you have to use a web browser. Just follow the instructions above.

On Android

To delete your Google account on Android, do the following:

  • Open the Gmail app
  • Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner
  • Then on Google Account
    Google Account Android
  • Tap on Data & privacy
    Data & privacy Android
  • Scroll down to More options and choose Delete your Google Account
    More options and choose Delete your Google Account Android
  • Enter your password, and click Next
    Enter your password, and click Next Android
  • You can download your data before deleting the account
    download your data before deleting the account Android
  • Scroll down and tick the two boxes
  • Tap on Delete Account
    Confirm deletion of google account Android

If you want to permanently delete a Gmail account or a Google service, do the following:

  • Open the Gmail app
  • Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner
  • Tap on Google Account
  • Go to Data & privacy
  • Scroll down to Download or delete your data. 
  • Tap on Delete a Google service.
    Delete a Google service Android
  • Enter your password and tap Next
  • You can download your data before deleting 
  • Tap on the trash icon on the service you want to remove
    downlaod data and trash the service Android

If you’ve deleted your Gmail account, you’ll have to sign in with another email (Yahoo, Outlook, etc.). After that, tap on Send verification email.
Send verification email  confirmation Android

If you already have the other account on the Gmail app, you’ll automatically go to the next step. If not – go and open the link from the new email.

  • Tick the box and then tap on Delete Gmail
    confirm you want to delete your google account Android

If you just want to know how to remove a Gmail account from the device, do the following:

  • Open the Gmail app
  • Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner
  • Pick Manage accounts on this device
    manage accounts Android
  • Tap on the email you want to remove
    Tap on the email you want to remove Android
  • Tap on Remove Account
    remove a Gmail account from the device Android

On Windows

You can’t really delete your Google account from Windows. 

That’s because by adding the account to your computer/laptop, you’re actually linking your Gmail account. The only thing you can do is remove it.

You can do it by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Accounts
    delete your Google account from Windows
  • Then on Email & accounts
    choose Email & accounts
  • Choose the email you want to remove
  • Click on Manage
    Click on Manage
  • Click on Delete account from this device
    Click on Delete account from this device
  • Click on Delete in the lower part of the screen
  • Finally, confirm by pressing Done

Can You Recover A Deleted Google Account? 

Well, it depends. 

If it hasn’t been long since you deleted the account, there’s a chance. 

The window is between 20 and 25 days. The sooner you do it, the better. If it’s been more than that, your account is gone for good.

Now, if you’re in the right time frame, follow these steps:

  • Go to accounts.google.com/RecoverAccount 
  • Input your email or phone and click Next
    Recover A Deleted Google Account
  • If the account can be recovered, it’ll say so. To continue, click Next
    click Next to recover account
  • Enter your password and click Next
    Enter your password and click Next to recover deleted google account
  • Congratulations, you’ve restored your account  
  • Click Continue
    Congratulations, you’ve restored your account

Keep in mind that even if you attempt it at the right time, recovery may still not be possible depending on various factors.

Wrap Up 

Hopefully, this guide has answered all your questions on how to delete your Google аccount

As we’ve demonstrated, it’s a very easy process regardless of the device you use. 

Most Google products are synced, and deleting the main account can cause a lot of problems. Especially if you haven’t prepared for it beforehand

Personally, I would recommend that you download any data you want to save before you decide to remove your Google account.

FAQ.


How do I delete a Google Account step by step?

  • Go to myaccount.google.com
  • Sign in and click Next
  • Click on Data & privacy 
  • Click on More options
  • Click on Delete your Google Account
  • Enter your password and click Next
  • You can download your data before deleting the account
  • Scroll down and tick the two boxes
  • Click on Delete Account

 

Can I delete just one Google Account?

Yes, you can. Just choose which account you want to delete. If you need a step-by-step guide on how to delete your Google account, feel free to check out our complete article.

Why can’t I delete my Google Account?

There could be various reasons. Maybe the account you’re logged into doesn’t have a Gmail service, so there’s nothing to delete.

It’s also possible that you’re not the admin of that account, and you don’t have access to that feature.

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Deyan G.

Deyan G.

Techjury.net's manager. Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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