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Google's new policy is to delete inactive Gmail accounts after two years. The tech giant's unexpected move aims to optimize storage resources, but users must stay active to avoid deletion.
In a move that has taken many by surprise, Google has announced a policy change that will remove inactive Gmail accounts after a period of inactivity extending over two years. This means that users who have not logged into their Gmail accounts for this duration could lose their accounts.
The new policy, set to be implemented from June 1, 2023, applies not just to Gmail but also to Google Photos and Google Drive. Google cited managing storage resources as the primary reason for this move. The tech giant aims to free up server space by removing accounts that are no longer in use.
Users are advised to periodically sign in to maintain their accounts. Additionally, they will receive a warning email three months before their accounts face removal, giving them a grace period to preserve their data.
Removing accounts will result in losing emails, photos, and files unless the user takes action to prevent it. To avoid this, users can manually download their data or use Google Takeout to export a copy of the content to their Google Account.
This sudden change underscores Google's drive for efficiency in managing storage resources. However, it has raised concerns amongst users regarding data loss, prompting Google to clarify that the deletion process will be gradual, taking place over three months.
Users with inactive accounts are advised to review Google's inactivity policy and ensure they understand the implications. This policy shift reminds users to periodically check in with their Google accounts lest they face unexpected data loss.
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