How to Delete Your Gmail Account

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You can delete a Gmail account and all the messages in it (and still keep your Google, YouTube, etc. accounts).

Why Delete a Gmail Account?

So you have one Gmail account too many?

No; you don't have to tell me any reasons for your wanting to quit Gmail, be it because you no longer trust Google with your email data and want it deleted or because you have set up an address and account by mistake. I won't ask; not right now.

Gmail will ask you to click numerous times, of course, and for your password, too. Still, closing your Gmail account and deleting the mail in it is pretty straightforward a task.

Delete Your Gmail Account

To cancel a Gmail account and delete the associated Gmail address:

  1. Go to Google Account Settings.
  2. Go to the Data tools page.
  3. Click Delete products under Account management.
  4. Click Remove Gmail permanently under Delete a Product.
    • You can also choose Close account and delete all services and info associated with it to remove your entire Google account (including your search history, Google Docs, iGoogle page, AdWords and AdSense as well as other Google services).
  5. Make sure Yes, I want to permanently delete and remove it from my Google account. is checked under Are you sure you want to delete .
  6. Enter an email address different from the address associated with the account you are closing under New primary email address.
    • Gmail may already have entered the secondary address you used when creating the Gmail account.
    • The alternative email address becomes your new Google account username.
    • Make sure you enter an email address to which you have access. You need that access to complete deleting your Gmail account.
  1. Enter your Gmail password under Current password.
  2. Click REMOVE GMAIL.
  3. Open the "Gmail Removal Confirmation" email from "" at the email address you specified as your new.
  4. Follow the deletion link in it.
  5. Type your Gmail password under Password:.
  6. Click Verify.
    • Keep in mind that you cannot undo this step.
  1. Optionally:
    • Offer feedback to Google about Gmail under Why did you delete Gmail?.
  2. Click Submit.

People who mail your old Gmail address will get back a delivery failure message. Make sure you announce a new or alternate old address where desired.