How to Deactivate or Delete Gmail Account Permanently

There are several reasons people want to deactivate or delete their Gmail account. Some people do it just because they don’t like their username and wanted to delete their old account.

Some people delete their Gmail account just because their email id have got banned or blocked by some web services.

If you had also created a Gmail account earlier which you want to deactivate or delete now permanently, then read this guide and follow the steps given below carefully.
How to Deactivate or Delete Gmail Account Permanently

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In my earlier post I have written about how to delete my Google Plus account. In this post I will show you how to deactivate or delete your Gmail account permanently.

Things to consider before deleting your Gmail account

- Deleting your Gmail account doesn’t means you are deleting your Google account. Both are different services. So you can keep using Google after deletion of your Gmail account.

- If you are using your Gmail account as a recovery email address for all other services such as Facebook, Hotmail, Outlook, etc then you need to change your email address in all these services.

- If you are using your Gmail id for your bank accounts, phone bill, utility bills, or other reputed government offices, etc. then you need to change your email id at their respective website online or directly visit their branch office personally to give an application for change of email address.

- All your Emails, Chats, Messages, Conversation, etc. will be deleted for your Gmail account.

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How to Deactivate or Delete Gmail Account Permanently?

So now that you are aware of the effects of deleting your Gmail account permanently, let's get started as follows:-

1. First you have to login to your Gmail account and click on your profile picture in the top right corner of your screen.

2. Then select My Account. You can also directly access this page here.

3. Under Account preferences option, click on Delete your account or services as shown below.

Deactivate Gmail account

3. On the Delete your account or services page, click on Delete products as shown in the image below.

4. You will prompted to enter your password. After you have logged in again you will get Delete a Google service page. If you want to create a backup for your Gmail account, then click on Download Data as shown below under Consider downloading your data before deleting a service. 

Otherwise Click on the Trash can icon next to Gmail to delete your Gmail account.

Delete Gmail account permanently

5. Here you have to enter another email address if you want to keep using other Google services and it should not be your same Gmail id which you want to delete. It should be an alternate email address.

You will get a confirmation email from Google on your alternate email address. If you click on that email you will get this window which will ask you How you'll sign in to Google  as shown below.

Here you have to enter your alternate email address on which you want to receive emails related to your other Google services.
6. After that you will get a final window where you have to Confirm Gmail deletion. Tick the box next to Yes I want to delete [[email protected]] permanently from my Google Account. 

Finally click on DELETE GMAIL button and you are done.

If you have followed all the steps given above carefully then you have successfully deleted your Gmail account permanently.

If you try to login to Gmail with your old email address which you have deleted just now, you won't be able to login.

Final Note on How to Delete Gmail Account Permanently:

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