Google has recently announced a significant update regarding inactive Gmail accounts. The tech giant is issuing a three-week warning to users of inactive accounts, advising them to update their records or face the possibility of losing their account. This decision is part of Google's plan to clear out Gmail accounts that have remained inactive for a period of up to two years. The impact of this move will be considerable, as affected account holders could lose access to their emails, documents, photos, and videos permanently.
This major update to the email service targets all personal Gmail accounts that have been dormant for at least two years. Introduced in the current year, this policy is set to be enforced by December 2023. Google is revising its inactivity policy for Google Accounts across all its products, setting a two-year limit for retaining unused personal information from dormant accounts.
Google to shut down inactive Gmail accounts in three weeks
Google's initiative to delete inactive accounts carries significant safety benefits. It aims to protect active users from security threats such as phishing, account hijacking, and scams. Dormant accounts are more vulnerable to compromise by hackers. To mitigate any potential loss, Google plans to send multiple notifications to the holders of these inactive accounts before taking any action.
Notifications will also be sent to the recovery email addresses associated with these accounts. Google has already begun the process of informing affected account holders. To avoid deletion, account holders at risk can reactivate their accounts by simply opening or sending an email, using Google Drive, downloading an app from the Google Play Store, or conducting a Google search while logged into their account.
Gmail's growth as a major email platform continues, with its widespread appeal only increasing. Google has clarified that accounts which have posted a YouTube video will not be impacted by this policy, regardless of their last activity date.