How to Delete a Gmail Account Permanently (2024)

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Disclaimer: Many of us have created quirky Gmail usernames as kids, which can be embarrassing as we transition into the professional world. Over time, these unused accounts may clutter your inbox with unwanted notifications. If this resonates with you or if you suspect that your Gmail account has been hacked, this guide will walk you through the process of deleting your account. There are two methods to choose from:

Method 1: Delete Only Your Gmail Service

If you prefer to keep your Google Account and its associated activity, follow the steps below to delete only your Gmail service:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account on the web.
  2. Click on the gear icon located at the top right corner of the page and select “See all settings.”
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Delete your account or services.”
  4. Under the “Services” tab, click on “Delete Gmail and default settings.”
  5. Confirm your decision by clicking on “DELETE ACCOUNT.”

This process can also be carried out from the Gmail mobile app.

Method 2: Delete Your Entire Google Account

If you wish to delete your entire Google account, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the
  2. Google Account Settings

  3. If prompted, sign in with your Google account.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Data & Personalization.”
  5. Select “Delete your account or services,” then click “Delete Google Account.”
  6. Confirm your decision by clicking on “DELETE ACCOUNT.”

Important: Before deleting your account, you have the option to download any data associated with it. To do this, click on “Data & Personalization” and then “Download, Print, or Delete,” followed by “Download your data.”

What Happens When You Delete a Gmail Account?

Once you delete your Gmail account, Google allows a 2-month recovery window for you to reclaim it. After this period, the account is permanently deleted.

For more information on Google’s data retention policy, visit

this page

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