Delete Gmail Account
There are plenty of great email programs out there for people who live and die in front of their computers, but every once in a while Internet users find that they have one email account too many and need to get rid of a few, which begs the question of how to delete a Gmail account. Some systems like Microsoft’s Hotmail and Yahoo’s email system have step by step instructions on how to delete an account, but Google can be a tad more elusive when identifying how to delete their default email program. Nothing to fear though, we have it taken care of.
Deleting a Gmail account is fairly easy even for those who have a basic understanding of the Internet in general and web-based email programs specifically.
What you’ll need:
- a desktop or laptop computer (deleting a Gmail account can’t be done on a mobile phone).
- and a steady Internet connection.
Once you have this ready, follow the steps below:
- Log in to your Google account. The first step in order to delete your Gmail account is to log in so that you’re facing the main screen. From there, locate the sprocket icon next to your name and click it. That will bring down a small list of options.
- Click the option called “account settings”.This brings up a screen that will show you your Google profile and a screen filled with every Google product you use with options on how to configure each one.
- Under the banner “My Products”, click “edit”. This will bring up an new set of options.
- Here you will see two different sections in your quest to delete your Gmail account. One titled “delete product” and another that says “delete account” By product, Google is explicitly referring to the Gmail product and not the others you may be using.
- Under “delete product”, there will be two options: “delete Gmail permanently” and “remove Web history permanently”. If want you want is to delete your Gmail account, you only want to click the first option.
- From here, the last step in deleting your Gmail will be to click a box asking you if you’re sure you want to delete just the email account and fill in your password. After this, you’ll receive a confirmation message and email to your secondary account telling you that you have indeed deleted your Gmail account.