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Google’s services are great, but they’re also incredibly privacy invasive. If you’re looking to be more anonymous online, learning how to delete a Gmail account or Google account should be your first point of call.

You can delete a Gmail account and keep your Google account

Interestingly, those two options aren’t one and the same. You can remove Gmail without having to close your entire Google account. This can be handy if it’s an old email you don’t use anymore, for example.

Whichever you choose to delete, you should be aware of what you’ll be losing. If you delete Gmail, all of your emails will naturally be permanently removed. However, you also need to think about the service you log in to that email with. If they require a login code sent to your email, you may no longer be able to access the service. As a result, it’s best to switch all accounts over to your new email before deleting it.

When you finish deleting your Gmail account, you’ll still be able to access other Google services such as your Calendar, YouTube, and the Google Play Store. The same can’t be said when you delete your entire Google account. Deleting your Google account will permanently get rid of the following:

  • Contacts
  • Photos
  • Drive/Gmail files
  • Emails
  • YouTube account + subscriptions
  • Google Play purchases and subscriptions
  • Purchased films and TV shows
  • Your Chromebook login (if applicable)
  • Your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides documents

Think carefully about whether or not you’re ready to go forward with this, then follow our guide on how to delete your Gmail or Google account below:

How to Delete Your Gmail Account

Though Google provides a simple way to delete a Gmail account, it’s hidden away several pages deep in the settings menu. Here’s where to find it:

  1. Go to the “Data and privacy” section of your Google account and press “Delete a Google service”

    You can find the data and privacy section quickly by pressing this link if you’re already logged in. You’ll find the delete button under the “Data from apps and services that you use” heading.

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Data and Privacy - Delete a Google Service

  2. Enter your Google password and press “Next”

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Data and Privacy - Delete a Google Service - Password

  3. Press the trash icon next to Gmail

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Data and Privacy - Delete a Google Service - Password - Delete Gmail

  4. Type a secondary email account to sign into Google with and press “Send verification email”

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Delete Gmail - Adress - Send Verification Email

  5. Read the message and press “Understood”

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Delete Gmail - Adress - Send Verification Email - Understood

  6. Check your secondary email for an account deletion confirmation and click the link

    Windows 11 - Outlook - Gmail Deletion Confirmation - Click on Link

  7. Read the warning message, tick “Yes I want to delete” and click “Delete Gmail”

    Windows 11 - Outlook - Gmail Deletion Confirmation - Click on Link - Delete Gmail

  8. Press “Done”

    Windows 11 - Outlook - Gmail Deletion Confirmation - Click on Link - Delete Gmail - Done

How to Close Your Google Account

If you want to completely remove Google from your life or delete an old account, you can do so. All told, it only takes a few minutes:

  1. Go to the account deletion page

    You can get there quickly by pressing this link.

    Windows 11 - Google Account Link - Delete Your Google Account

  2. Enter your password and press “Next”

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Delete Your Google Account - Password - Next

  3. Review the information that will be deleted, tick both boxes, and press “Delete account”

    Make sure you go down the list and back up any information you can, if neccessary.

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Delete Account

  4. Your Google account and its data will be deleted

    If you realised you missed backing up some data, don’t worry – you can click the link the email below to restore your account.

    Windows 11 - Google Account - Delete Account - Confirmation

  5. If you need to recover your account, press the “account recovery page” link in your email

    Be aware that your Google account will only be recoverable for a short period of time. We’ll show you exactly how to recover it in the next section.

    Windows 11 - Outlook - Segurity Alert - Account Deleted

How to Recover a Deleted Google Account

If you or someone else deleted a Google Account by mistake, you can restore it if you’re quick. Google doesn’t give an exact time, but it appears you have between 20 and 25 days. It’s better to act sooner rather than later, though, as nothing is guaranteed. Here’s how you complete the Google account recovery process:

  1. Go to the account recovery page and enter your email address

    If you can’t find your deletion email, you can get to the same place by pressing this link.

    Windows 11 - Google Account Link - Account Recovery - Next

  2. Press “Next” on the “Account deleted” screen

    Windows 11 - Account Recovery - Next

  3. Enter the verification code sent to your other email and press “Next”

    Windows 11 - Account Recovery - Enter Code - Next

  4. Type a new password twice and press “Save password”

    Windows 11 - Account Recovery - Enter Code - Create Password - Save

  5. Your Google account has now been fully recovered

    You can optionally choose to secure your account further. You should take particular note of this if somebody deleted your account without your permission.

    Windows 11 - Account Recovery - Enter Code - Create Password - Save - Success

Extra: How to Change Your Default Gmail or Google Account

With your Gmail / Google account either deleted or restored, you may want to update the default account in your browser. You can do so by following our dedicated guide here.

Windows 11 - Google.com - Sign in - Choose Account

Extra: How to Delete a Microsoft Account

Now that you’ve deleted your old Google accounts, you might want to do the same for Microsoft. We have a guide on how to delete a Microsoft account and remove it from Windows 11 right here.