Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both Ph.D. students at Stanford University in Stanford, California. From being a mere search engine to a daily life accessory, Google plays an important role in many people’s lives, including mine. I do not remember any single day when I did not use a Google product. Gmail, Drive, Google Photos, Hangouts carry a lot of important information from personal life to professional life. This information may include your bank account details, various auto-fills, passwords of various platforms and other similar stuff.
Ever wondered how vulnerable your personal information may become after your death? Ever wondered how can someone just hack into your Google account and get the potential to harm your offsprings, family, friends and your near and dear ones? If the previous two lines made you freak out, calm yourself down because, in this article, I will guide you to relinquish your personal information after your death by someone whom you trust.
To solve similar problems, Google has created the Inactive Account Manager.
What is Google Inactive Account Manager?
The Inactive Account Manager is a service provided by Google. It allows a user to set a timeout period for their account, at the end of which some action will be taken. The default time to activate Inactive Account Manager is three months, but it can be adjusted to the user’s liking.
What Can You Do With Google Inactive Account Manager?
- You can add trusted contacts with whom you want to share your account data and they can notify Google once you die and your account will become inactive.
- Set a timer to safely lockout or delete your data if you do not use your account over a period in time. By default, it is set for three months but can be customized according to your liking.
- You can set provisions that your data be transferred to your trusted contacts once the inactivity time period expires. Now, your trusted contacts can download your data.
How to Setup Google Inactive Account Manager?
- Click on the link appearing on the screen right now to open Google Inactive Account Manager.
- Click on “Start.”
- Set the time period of inactivity after which Google will consider your account to dysfunctional. It can range anywhere between 3 months to 18 months.
- Provide your contact details like your Permanent Phone Number, Recovery Email Address and similar stuff for Google to contact you before deleting your account.
- Click on “Next.”
- Now, choose your trusted contacts who will be notified once Google considers your account inactive. You will be allowed to choose up to 10 people in trusted contacts. You can even grant permission whether they will be allowed to access your data before your account is deleted. These are not mandatory settings.
- Now, if you are sure to setup to Inactive Account Manager, toggle it on where it says “Yes, delete my inactive Google Account.”
- Click on “Review Plan.”
- Review your plan and once everything is clear click on “Confirm Plan” to finish the task.
In Android Devices:
- Open the “Settings” app.
- Go to “Google“
- Tap on “Google Account.”
- Now, go to “Data and Personalisation” Tab.
- Scroll down to find “Make a plan for your account“
- Now, perform similar tasks as mentioned for web users.
Google account will be automatically deleted after three months from the day it is marked as inactive.
Note that this will wipe out your existence from Google’s server and there is no option to partially delete the data, so make this very binary decision with care.
This is the way to “Manage Your Account After You Are Dead.” I hope this article works the way it is intended to be. Let us know about your experience with Google Inactive Account Manager. In case I missed to mention anything, please let me know in the comments section down below.