Google to start purging inactive accounts (Update: Not ones with YouTube videos)

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May 18, 2023

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Google plans to start deleting old, inactive accounts starting this December.
The purge will only affect accounts that have been active for two years or longer.
Google will send multiple notifications to the user before the deletion process starts.

Update: May 18, 2023 (5:32 AM ET): Google has clarified it has no plans of deleting accounts with YouTube videos at this time. That means if you are a creator and use your Google account just for uploading YouTube videos and nothing else, you are in the clear.

Original article: May 16, 2023 (12:20 PM ET): If you have a Google account and haven’t logged on in a while, you may want to do a quick check-in. Google plans to start deleting inactive accounts later this year.