How to permanently delete your Google account

Nowadays having a Google account is more than necessary if you want to enjoy most of the company’s services. It is partially vital if you own an Android smartphone, due to the advantages that Google mobile services offer. However, if you happen to want to permanently delete your Google account and leave this ecosystem behind, it is possible. Through this article, we will teach you how to delete your Google account permanently. You can remove everything linked to your Google account or remove specific Google services like Gmail, Google Drive, Keep, and keep unrelated apps and services intact. However, there are a few things you should know before proceeding (via).

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Want to leave Google behind? There are a few things to keep in mind

Before proceeding with the decision, you need to assess some consequences of deleting your Google account

  • You will lose access to data saved in Google services. That includes Gmail, YouTube, Google Photos and other services.
  • You will only lose history, including Maps trips, search history, and YouTube history.
  • It is impossible to recover any account created on third party websites using your Google account.
  • You will no longer be able to access the Play Store, making it nearly impossible to enjoy a full Android experience unless you rely on third-party and sometimes unreliable sources.
  • The use of Chromebooks will be compromised.
  • Your Google username will be lost forever.

How to make a backup before deleting a Google account?

Interestingly, Google has a pretty old tool called Google Takeout that will help you download your data. The tool will allow you to export and download data from all Google apps and services in one go. The benefit is that you can export all of your Google data in one place, rather than browsing through multiple apps. You can download contact information, photos, notes, map history, emails and everything related to Google. The process is quite simple:

  1. Open the Google Takeout settings page. This will open a list of all the Google services you’re using.
  2. Everything is automatically selected by default. Disable services that you will not download.
  3. Click on the Next step button
  4. Select the method of delivery of your data. You can get a download link by email or save it to cloud services like Drive, OneDrive, Box or Dropbox. Obviously, there’s not much point in moving it to Drive when you’re trying to move away from Google.
  5. Click Export and continue. It’s worth noting that it may take a while depending on the number of files you’re trying to download. Google will send you the link, but it may not be an immediate response.

Now that we’re done with the considerations and backup stage, let’s move on to How to Delete Your Google Account.


How to delete your Google account

Now that you’ve done the steps above, it’s time to delete your Google account.

  1. Visit the Google account settings page by clicking this link.
  2. Select the Data & Privacy option and scroll down to the More Options menu.
  3. Click the Delete your Google account option. Obviously, it will require your password.
  4. Accept the two acknowledgments and proceed to delete
  5. After clicking Delete, your Google account will be deleted forever.
  6. It’s worth noting that on the same page, you can choose to remove particular services.


Now you’re done and you can live a life without Google covering your shoulders. Or you can just say goodbye to your past and start a new life at Google by creating a new account. It’s up to you to decide!

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