How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Delete A Gmail AccountNot sure how to delete a Gmail account? Deleting a Gmail account can be done for security or privacy reasons or if the account harbors too much spam. Here’s what you should do when your Gmail account has outlived its usefulness.

Learn How to Delete a Gmail Account Easily

1. In Your Gmail Account, Click on the Tile Icon

In Your Gmail Account, Click on the Tile Icon | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

You’ll find the icon composed of nine squares in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail account screen. Here, you’ll find icons for different Google services associated with your account.

2. Choose “My Account”

Choose My Account | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

This is the part of your Gmail which controls the settings for most of the services associated with your account. Aside from deleting your email account, you can also check your security settings here.

3. Go to “Account Preferences”

Go to Account Preferences | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Account preferences contains the settings you’ll need to access to delete your Gmail account. You can likewise check your Google Drive storage, Language, and manage your Accessibility settings as well.

4. Click on “Delete Your Account or Services”

Click on Delete Your Account or Services | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

The Delete your account or services link is the last one in this section. You will need to click this to initiate the deletion process.

5. Choose “Delete Products”

Choose Delete Products | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Aside from being able to delete your email account, you can also delete some associated services on this screen.

6. Go for the Gmail Account You Want to Remove

You’ll be shown the Gmail accounts linked to your email account. Look for the one you want to delete and click it.

7. You Will Be Asked to Enter the Account’s Password

You Will Be Asked to Enter the Account's Password | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

To make sure that no third party is deleting your Gmail account, Google will ask for the password for the account in question. Provide the password so the process can begin.

8. Hit “Next” and Click the Trashcan Next to Gmail

Hit Next and Click the Trashcan Next to Gmail | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

You’ll see a trash can icon beside Gmail. Click on it to trash your account.

9. Click on the Download Data link to Download All Your Messages

Click on the Download Data link to Download All Your Messages | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Somewhere along the way, you will be given a chance to download all your messages in the account you are deleting. Click on the link just in case you need one of those emails in the future. You will see the Google Takeout service which will help you to save your messages.

10. Give an Alternate Account to Sign In

Give an Alternate Account to Sign In | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

You will then need to exit your Gmail account and continue working on its deletion from another account. Google may also sign you into an alternate account automatically.

11. Hit Send Verification Email

Hit Send Verification Email | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

You will need to verify your intent to delete the account through a verification email sent to your alternate account. This is to make sure you really want to delete your account. You can take this opportunity to consider what you are losing when the account is gone.

12. Open the Email from Google and Click the Deletion Link

Open the Email from Google and Click the Deletion Link | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Once you’re sure you want to go through with deleting the account, open the email and click on the deletion link.

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13. Confirm and Delete Gmail and Then You’re Done

Confirm and Delete Gmail and Then You're Done | How To Delete A Gmail Account | 13 Easy Steps

Lastly, you will be asked to confirm your decision. Just delete Gmail and then click “Done.” After several hoops, you are finally free of the Gmail account.

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The process of deleting a Gmail account may not be a quick one, but we hope you’ve been able to follow along and remove your account permanently. Keep in mind that once you’ve deleted your account, there are many things you won’t be able to get back. When you really need it, these steps are good for closing loose ends and security problems in case your account compromises your safety and privacy

Pro Tip: Be sure to save any important documents left in Gmail before initiating the removal of your account!

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