Google services are ubiquitous, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them. If you want to leave Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps and all other services behind, then you need to delete your Google account. Here is your step-by-step guide.
How to delete your Google account
Warning: this process will completely delete your Google account, including your data on all other Google services, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Play, etc.
Sign in to Google and click/tap the grid icon of 3×3 dots. In the dropdown menu which appears, click the ‘Account’ button. It is the first icon in the menu.
Step 1 – open the programs grid and select your account
Click the ‘Data & Privacy’ option in the left side menu. It is the third option in the menu, below ‘Home’ and ‘Personal Info’.
Step 2 – Data & Privacy settings
Scroll down to the ‘More Options’ section and Click ‘Delete your Google Account’. Descriptive text beside this will make it clear that this will « Delete your entire account and data ».
Step 3 – Delete your Google account
Google will ask you to sign in again with your username (email address) and password to verify this is what you want to do. You will be asked to read the terms and conditions which spell out exactly what will be deleted. Google warns « Please read this carefully. It’s not the usual yada yada » â€” and they are right.
If you are happy to proceed (and have completed downloading any data you wish to keep after the deletion), check the two mandatory boxes. These are:
Click the ‘Delete Account’ button. This will complete the process.
Note: if you would prefer to delete just a single Google service without deleting your entire Google account, that is also possible. Read my How To Delete Your Gmail account guide which provides step-by-step instructions on selecting a specific Google service for removal.
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