How To Delete Your Gmail Address Permanently [April 2020]

Gmail’s popularity, collaboration tools, and integration with other Google products make it the easy choice for most people when it comes to a go-to email service. Signing up for a Gmail account is quick and easy, and many people have more than one Gmail address for one reason or another. In any case, you might find yourself with one too many Gmail accounts. To simplify your life, you might decide to delete a Gmail account, and this is how you can do it.

You may think that no longer using a Gmail account will eventually render it inactive. This simply isn’t true, and could leave you open to hacking. If you know that you won’t be using your account any longer, be sure to delete it permanently, so you avoid any unwanted problems in the future.

How to Delete Your Gmail Address

Deleting a Gmail account is about as easy as signing up for one, but you’ll need to follow the steps carefully if you don’t want to delete your entire Google account. If you want to delete your entire Google Account you can do that, too, though.

First, log out of any other Google accounts or Gmail that you might be logged in within your web browser. That way, you’ll avoid confusion and not accidentally deleting the wrong Gmail account.

Second, you need to log in to the Google account that has the specific Gmail account you want to delete. To do that open a web browser and navigate to google.com and then click on login in the upper right side of the browser

If you’re already logged into the account you want to delete your address, then click on your user icon on the top right corner of the screen and then click Manage your Google Account.

You can also go directly to myaccount.google.com and log in that way. You’ll see a “Welcome, Your Name” at the top of the Google account management page (welcoming you by name).

Gmail Delete

On the Google Account Management page, click on Data & Personalization in the left-hand navigation menu.

Download Gmail Data

If you want, you can Download your data before you delete your Gmail account so that you don’t lose anything important. Or, if you don’t need to save your data, you can just click on Delete a service or your account. If you want to keep the account but delete your contact list, read How To Delete All Google Gmail Contacts.

Next, Google will present you with the options again. If you’re ready to delete your Gmail account, click on Delete a Google Service. 

Once you click on Delete a Google service, you’ll be prompted for your password and possibly a Google verification code will be sent to you by text or other verification. This, of course, is meant to ensure you don’t delete your account by accident and that no one else got access to your account.

The next screen will give you the option again to DOWNLOAD DATA which you can do, then below that, it’ll list the Google services you have associated with this Google account, such as Gmail and YouTube, with a trash can icon to the right of each service.

Services to Delete

Final step

On the next window, click the trash icon beside Gmail to delete the Gmail account and all the emails attached to that account. Next, click on the trash can icon to delete your Gmail account. Google may ask you to verify your identity with another Google verification text.

You’ll be asked to provide a different non-Google email address before you can proceed. This non-Gmail address is for signing in to other Google services like Google Play, Docs or Calendar.

Enter the non-Gmail email address then click Send Verification Email.

verification email

Check your alternate email and open the verification message from Gmail. Click on the link to continue with removing your Gmail address. This step is important. Your Gmail address won’t be deleted until you click on the link.

Note: Before you delete Gmail, you can download your emails by click on the “Download Data” link on the top of the Google services list. You can choose to download all emails or select specific labels.

The downloaded file will be in MBOX format and can be opened by connecting an active Gmail account with an email client like Thunderbird. If you don’t want to download your emails, carry on and follow the instructions given after clicking the verification link. Finally, click “Remove Gmail” as the last step. Note that deleting your Gmail address will not free up your Google/Gmail username.

Next Steps

You can not sign up for Gmail with the same username in the future. Since a Gmail address is also connected to a Google account, deleting it will not delete any data from other Google services like YouTube, Google Search history, and Google Drive. If you did not download your emails from the account, all of your emails will be inaccessible.

The next thing to do after deleting a Gmail address is to update any document that might have that email address. This might include business cards, resumes, your website’s contact info, and other places where you gave that email address as a way to contact you should now be updated.

Final Thoughts

Inactive email accounts are prime targets for hackers and it invites the risk of getting your personal information stolen. As such, if you’re not using a particular Gmail address, then it’s in your best interest to properly delete it rather than have it open to hacking. Fortunately, by following the steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily delete any old and forgotten Gmail addresses.

2 thoughts on “How To Delete Your Gmail Address Permanently [April 2020]”

Avatar Jennifer Stanley says:
What happens after I follow this and delete an email account when someone sends me an email? Will it bounce back to them as undeliverable?
Avatar Robert Knazik says:
The problem is I don’t have another non-gmail address. I have three gmail addresses and want to delete only one. There doesn’t seem to be a way to do this without deleting the entire account unless I have some other non-gmail address to use.

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