Frequently Asked Questions about Google Accounts and Age Requirements
Why was my account disabled?
You have entered a birthday indicating you are not old enough to manage a Google Account on your own.
Why do you have to delete my account after 30 days?
You have entered a birthday indicating you are not old enough to manage your own Google Account. In case you incorrectly entered your date of birth, we have a grace period during which you may use one of the methods described below to confirm your correct birthday before the account is deleted. Accounts are inaccessible during the grace period. This is necessary to enforce our policies.
What can I do to re-enable my Google Account?
You can re-enable your account by following our instructions to confirm that you are old enough to manage your own Google Account. You will see these instructions when you attempt to sign back in to your account through any Google sign-in page. If you use an account through your work, school, or other group, open your Google Account to re-enable it. We currently offer two ways to confirm your age:
- Uploading an electronic copy of your current, government-issued ID showing your date of birth, or
- Placing a temporary authorization on a credit card to ensure it’s valid.
- While you won't be charged, a temporary authorization may be placed on your card to verify that it's valid. In most cases, temporary authorizations are removed from your account within 48 hours. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian will have to place the authorization on your behalf.
Note: If your authorization does not go through, check to see if you’re using an invalid card or have provided incorrect information.
Why is Google asking me for a credit card or a copy of my government issued ID? How will this information be used?
We ask for authorization using a valid credit card or for a copy of a government issued ID in order to validate your date of birth. We only use this information to confirm your date of birth and to restore your account. If you choose the option to provide a copy of your government ID, we will destroy the copy of your government ID after we validate your date of birth.
If you choose the option of a credit card authorization, we will confirm that the credit card is valid. We will retain this data as necessary to meet regulatory requirements for a credit card transaction, after which it will be deleted.
How do I check on the status of my request?
You can open your Google Account and try to sign in. If your account hasn’t been unlocked, you’ll see the date of birth correction process page, which will show the current status of previous requests.
Note: If you choose to confirm your age via credit card, wait 15 minutes after your correction attempt and go to your Google Account to see if your submission has been processed.
How long will it take for Google to re-enable my account?
If you use a credit card to correct your date of birth, your account may be unlocked within minutes. Most requests are reviewed within one business day.