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Why do I have an account access notice?

You’re seeing a notice to help you confirm that the mail delegation (account access) setting that’s active on your account is accurate. If your account has this feature enabled, you should see this notice.

Mail delegation (account access) is a pretty powerful feature that enables you to grant someone else access to your inbox and the rest of your mail account. This mechanism is more secure than say, sharing your password with your spouse or a third party, because you can grant access while keeping your password to yourself. Even so, it’s a good idea to make sure all the details are consistent with what you intend and expect. We encourage you to review your settings and verify that they are accurate.

How long will I see this notice?

For about a week, this notice will appear for a few minutes each time you sign in to your account. Displaying the notification in this way helps ensure that you have a chance to see the notice, rather than someone who might try to gain unauthorized access to your account and use this setting improperly. The notice will disappear immediately if you choose to disable the mail delegation setting, but that decision is up to you.

How do I remove unwanted account access?

If the content of the notice looks unneeded or unfamiliar, please do the following:
  1. If you see unfamiliar account access, please change your password immediately. This may indicate that someone has unauthorized access to your account. It's a good idea to pick a strong password for your account and never use it again on other websites.
  2. Sign back in to your Gmail account.
  3. Click the gear in the top right .
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Click the Accounts tab.
  6. In the "Grant Access to Your Account" section, click delete on any account you want to remove.
  7. Open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  8. In the "Forwarding" section, select the Disable forwarding radio button.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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