How to Delete Your Gmail Account

Close Gmail with these easy steps

What to Know

  • Go to your Google account settings, select Data & privacy > Delete a Google Service, and sign in to your account.
  • Next to Gmail, select the trash can. Enter the email address for the account you want to close and then follow the steps to verify the account.
  • Open the email from Google. Click the deletion link and select Yes, I want to delete [account] > Delete Gmail > Done.

You can delete a Gmail account and all the messages in it, while retaining your Google, YouTube, and other related accounts. Here's how.

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How to Delete Your Gmail Account

How to Delete Your Gmail Account

Here's how to cancel a Gmail account and delete the associated Gmail address.

These instructions apply to all desktop users regardless of OS. 

  1. Go to Google Account Settings.

  2. Select Data & privacy.

    Delete google account data and privacy
  3. In the page that appears, scroll down to Download or delete your data and select Delete a Google Service.

    Follow the Download your data for a chance to download a full copy of your Gmail messages via Google takeout.

    Delete google account delete a google service
  4. You'll be prompted to sign into your account. 

    Delete google account sign in
  5. On the next page you can choose the service you would like to delete. If you want to delete a Gmail account, click the trashcan icon (🗑) next to Gmail.

    The Delete a Google service page with the trash can icon highlighted next to Gmail

    You can also copy your email to another Gmail account, possibly a new Gmail address.

  6. Enter an email address different from the address associated with the Gmail account you are closing under Enter an email address in the How you'll sign in to Google dialog box.

    Gmail may already have entered the secondary address you used when creating the Gmail account. The alternative email address you enter here becomes your new Google account username.

    Make sure you enter an email address to which you have access. You need the email address to complete deleting your Gmail account.

  7. ClicSend Verification Email.

    The final step in a Gmail account deletion process. 'Send verification email' is highlighted.
  8. Open the email from Google (no-reply@accounts.google.com) with the subject "Security alert for your linked Google account" or "Gmail Deletion Confirmation".

  9. Follow the deletion link in the message.

  10. If prompted, log in to the Gmail account you are deleting.

  11. Under Confirm Gmail Deletion Select Yes, I want to delete example@gmail.com permanently from my Google Account.

  12. Click Delete Gmail. 

    You cannot undo this step. After you click this, your Gmail account and messages are gone.

  13. Click Done.

What Happens to Emails in the Deleted Gmail Account?

The messages will be deleted permanently. You will no longer be able to access them in Gmail.

If you downloaded a copy, either using Google Takeout or using an email program, you can still use these messages, of course.

If you used IMAP to access Gmail in your email program, only messages copied to local folders will be kept; emails on the server and folders synchronized with the deleted Gmail account will be deleted.

What Happens to Emails Sent to My Deleted Gmail Address?

People who mail your old Gmail address will receive back a delivery failure message. You might want to announce a new or alternate old address to the contacts you care most about.

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