The simplest way to keep a Google account active is to sign in at least once every two years. If you have signed into your Google Account or any of their services recently, your account is considered active and will not be deleted. An activity might include these types of actions you take when you sign in or while you’re signed in to your Google Account:
- Reading or sending an email
- Using Google Drive
- Watching a YouTube video
- Downloading an app on the Google Play Store
- Using Google Search
- Using Google Sign-in to sign in to a third-party app or service
If you have an existing subscription set up through your Google Account, they also consider this account activity. Thus, your account will not be impacted. Additionally, Google does not have plans to delete accounts with YouTube videos at this time. Similarly, Google will send multiple notifications before we take any action.
Creating a backup plan for your account and its content
Google encourages users to provide a recovery email at sign-up. It’s important to make sure this recovery email in your account settings is up-to-date.
You can download and export your data to other platforms through their Takeout feature, which has been available for over a decade. Similarly, Inactive Account Manager allows users to decide what happens to their account and data when it becomes inactive for a period of up to 18 months. Options users can select at enrollment include:
- Sending specific files to trusted contacts of their choosing,
- Applying a Gmail autoresponder, and
- Deleting their account entirely