Typically, Google does not delete inactive Gmail accounts. However, if an account is inactive for more than nine months, it may delete the account and all associated data such as emails, contacts, and files.
So in such scenarios, to keep your account active, make sure to sign in at least once every nine months.
However, Google has recently come up with a surprising move. The company might delete inactive accounts under conditions different from the usual.
Recall that in a similar development, Twitter recently deleted inactive accounts.
So, following Twitter's example, Google may just be the next to delete inactive Gmail accounts
In the last couple of days, Twitter has been observed to have deleted inactive accounts thereby paving the way for Google to do the same.
Therefore, accounts that have been inactive for at least two years will be deleted beginning later this year.
Personal Google Accounts are affected by this update, but school or business accounts are not.
However, YouTube video accounts will not be deleted in order to preserve previous content.
At the earliest, the deletion process will begin in December 2023, and Google intends to proceed in stages, beginning with Gmail accounts that were created but never used.
In the months leading up to the deletion, multiple notifications will be sent to the account's email address and, if provided, the recovery email to ensure that users are well-informed.
Before users' accounts are permanently deleted, this careful rollout aims to give them enough time to take action or retrieve any important data.
To keep a record dynamic, clients need to sign in occasionally or perform essential activities, for example, perusing or sending messages, utilising Google Drive, watching YouTube recordings, downloading applications from the Play Store, directing Google searches, or marking into outsider applications or administrations utilizing "Sign in with Google."
While Twitter may be excused for deleting inactive accounts due to use cases and attendant capacity constraints, the same cannot be said concerning Google.
For example, Google Cloud Platform services might include Twitter as one of its cloud clients.
This can only mean that the IT infrastructural capacity managed by Google is expected to accommodate a lot more demands than that of Twitter.
It is therefore grossly out of place for Google to follow in the footsteps of its client's approach to solving a technical problem with part-solution provided by Google.
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