Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email 1,049 1049 people found this article helpful How to Delete Your Gmail Account Close Gmail with these easy steps by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on August 03, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on May 31, 2020 Jessica Kormos Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email You can delete a Gmail account and all the messages in it, while retaining your Google, YouTube, and other related accounts. 1:47 How to Delete Your Gmail Account How to Delete Your Gmail Account These instructions apply to all desktop users regardless of OS. Here's how to cancel a Gmail account and delete the associated Gmail address. Go to Google Account Settings. Select Data & Personalization. In the page that appears, scroll down to Download, delete, or make a plan for your data. Click Delete a service or your account. You can also choose Delete Google Account and Data to remove your entire Google account (including your search history, Google Docs, AdWords and AdSense as well as other Google services). Then choose Delete a service on the next page as well. You'll be prompted to sign into your account. 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. Follow the Download Data link for a chance to download a full copy of your Gmail messages via Google takeout. You can also copy your email to another Gmail account, possibly a new Gmail address. 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. Click Send Verification Email. Open the email from Google (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject "Security alert for your linked Google account" or "Gmail Deletion Confirmation". Follow the deletion link in the message. If prompted, log in to the Gmail account you are deleting. Under Confirm Gmail Deletion Select Yes, I want to delete email@example.com permanently from my Google Account. Click Delete Gmail. You cannot undo this step. After you click this, your Gmail account and messages are gone. 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.