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Delete your Google Account

Deleting your Google Account affects all data associated with that account and any services you use, like Gmail, Google Play, or YouTube.

You can delete your Google Account at any time, but you may not always be able to restore it.

You can also remove your account from a Pixel phoneNexus device, or other Android devices without deleting your account.

What happens when you delete your account

Once you delete your Google Account, you’ll no longer be able to use the following:

  • Services that require you to sign in, like Gmail, Drive, and Calendar
  • Data associated with your account, including emails, photos, and records of transactions
  • Subscriptions and content you purchased on YouTube, like movies and TV shows
  • Content you purchased on Google Play, like apps, movies, games, or music
  • Information you've saved in Chrome
  • Your Gmail username. After you delete your username, it can't be used again by you or anyone else.

Note: If you use your Gmail address to sign into other services, or if you use it for password recovery, update your information on those services before you delete your Google Account.

If you use an Android device

Without a Google account, you'll no longer have access to some apps and services on your Android device, including the ones listed below:

  • Google Play: You won’t be able to download or update apps or games from the Play Store. You also won’t be able to use music, movies, books, or magazines you purchased in Google Play. This includes any music you purchased outside of Google Play that was uploaded into your music locker. Game progress, achievements, and other data associated with your Google Account in Google Play Games may be lost.
  • Contacts: Any contact stored only in your Google Account will be lost. Contacts may also no longer sync to your devices.
  • Drive: Data will no longer be able to be saved to Drive or backed up through Android Backup Service. This includes photos you take with your device or documents downloaded from emails. You won't be able to download or upload files. 
If you use a Chromebook

Once you delete your Google Account, you won’t be able to find or use any of the following on your Chromebook:

  • Any Chrome apps for the deleted account - both free and paid.
  • Any Chrome extensions for the deleted account - both free and paid.

You’ll still be able to use Guest mode and sign in to your Chromebook with a Google Account that hasn’t been deleted.

Before deleting your account, it is important to review the data and products associated with your account on the Google Dashboard.

Delete your Google Account

  1. Sign in to My Account. If you forgot your password, you can reset it.
  2. In the “Account preferences” section, select Delete your account or services.
  3. Choose Delete Google Account and data.
  4. Review what you’re deleting and check both boxes at the bottom of the page.
  5. Choose Delete Account.

Note: If you delete your account, you won't have access to your data. We recommend you download your data before deleting your account.

If you can’t follow these steps, your account might have been created through an organization or company which requires different steps for deletion.

Delete certain Google services from your account
  1. Sign in to My Account.
  2. In the “Account Preference” section, select Delete your account or services.
  3. Select the service you would like to delete and follow the onscreen instructions.

Restore a Google Account

You have a short amount of time to recover your Google Account once you delete it. Follow the steps here to try to restore your Google Account.


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