Delete or restore a Google Account

If you accidentally deleted your account and are trying to recover it, check to see if you created a new account with the same username. Two accounts with the same username can't exist at the same time, so you'll need to change the username on the new account first.

Deleting your Google Account will affect all products associated with that account. For example, if you use Gmail with your account, you'll no longer be able to access that email. You'll also be unable to reuse your Gmail username. Before deleting your account, review the data and products associated with your account on the Google Dashboard.

Delete a Google Account

  1. Sign in on the Google Accounts homepage. If you forgot your password, you can reset it.
  2. Click Data tools at the top.
  3. In the Data tools box, click Delete account and data. If you don't see this link near the bottom of the page, your account may have been created through an organization or company which requires different steps for deletion.
  4. Confirm your account deletion. To do so, you'll need to select these two options:
    • "Yes, I want to delete my account."
    • "Yes, I acknowledge that I am still responsible for any charges incurred due to any pending financial transactions."

    You can safely select the latter option if you haven't used any of Google's paid products, such as AdWords and Wallet, or if you have no pending financial transactions related to these products.

Restore a Google Account

If you accidentally deleted your Google Account, you have a short amount of time to try and recover it:

  1. Go to our password assistance page.
  2. Select "I don't know my password."
  3. Follow the steps until you see a link to verify your identity.
  4. Click the link to fill out our form.