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Fact: Email is a vital part of both personal and professional communication.
However, sometimes, you need to part ways with an old email address or inbox. Let’s explore what you need to consider before deleting your Gmail account, and then we’ll dig into some step-by-step instructions on how to delete a Gmail account.
<a href="#why-delete-gmail" class="anchor-link">Why delete your Gmail account?</a>
<a href="#not-same-as-google" class="anchor-link">Deleting a Gmail account isn’t the same as deleting a Google Account</a>
<a href="#what-happens-when" class="anchor-link">What happens when you delete your Gmail account?</a>
<a href="#delete-gmail-six-steps" class="anchor-link">How to delete a Gmail account in six easy steps</a>
<a href="#alternatives-delete-gmail" class="anchor-link">Alternatives to deleting a Gmail account</a>
<a href="#streak-preserve-data" class="anchor-link">One last thing: Streak can help you preserve important data in Gmail</a>
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There are several reasons you might decide to close your Gmail account.
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While your Gmail and Google Account are tied to the same username, they are not the same.
Your Google Account is linked to all of your Google services, including Google Drive, YouTube, and Google Photos. Deleting your Google account prevents you from accessing any of these services that are tied to your username.
Your Gmail account is associated with your email address and all of its associated emails. Deleting your Gmail account only prevents you from using the email account tied to that address.
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Let’s clarify what exactly you keep and lose if you delete your Gmail account.
All of the emails in your Gmail account will be permanently deleted, as well as your mail settings. People on the other end of your emails will still be able to access those conversations unless they also delete their Gmail account.
Once you delete your Gmail account, you’ll no longer be able to use your Gmail address to send or receive emails. If you change your mind later on, you may be able to recover your email address, but if it’s been a longer period of time, then it may be forever inaccessible. Once your Gmail account is deleted, any emails that are sent to that address will bounce back.
Your Google Account
You’ll still have your core Google Account, which includes your username. No one else will be able to use your username or email address in the future. This prevents other people from impersonating you.
All other Google services
You’ll still be able to use Google services that are tied to your account, including Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Calendar, etc.
Your Google Play Store purchases
Because your account is still active, you can still access purchases made on Google Play using your Google username.
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So now that you know how to delete a Gmail account, let’s briefly touch on a few other options you may want to consider depending on what exactly you’re trying to do.
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If you’ve forgotten your password, or you can’t get verification codes, you can still access your Gmail by recovering your account. Google walks you through how to recover your account if you’ve forgotten your password or email address.
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In some instances, there may be no way to recover your Gmail. Maybe you forgot the answers to your security questions, or you can’t access the recovery email address for your account. If this is the case, you may just need to delete your entire Google Account.
You may also want to delete your Google Account and start fresh for a name change. Your other Google services, such as your Google Drive and Google Calendar, are still tied to your account even if you delete your Gmail. Deleting an old account and creating a new one ensures all of your services are tied together under the same name.
Sign out of Gmail on your phone
Some people may choose to delete their Gmail because they’re overwhelmed by the constant influx of emails to their phones. If this is you, you don’t have to sacrifice your entire email account. You can sign out of Gmail on your phone and choose to only check email on your computer or tablet.
Reset your password
Forgetting the password to your Gmail doesn’t mean it’s lost forever. Google will have you follow the steps to recover your Gmail, then reset your password when you’re prompted.
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Businesses and teams across all industries rely on Streak to manage their workflows inside Gmail. Not only do employees manage and connect with clients from Gmail, but they also share notes from meetings, leave comments for managers, and collaborate with others on their team without ever leaving their inboxes. This data provides a complete history of your interactions with potential leads.
With Streak, you can still access this information even if somebody leaves your team. Historically, you’d have to pay to maintain the data from their Google Workspace account, but this isn’t the case with Streak’s archive user feature.
Archiving users allows you to cancel a past team member’s Streak and Google Workspace accounts without losing their emails and email attachments. They’ll continue living safely in your organization’s Streak account.
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