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Deleting your Gmail account is permanent, so be sure you want to proceed before following these steps. You'll also want to consider downloading your Gmail data, like emails and contacts, beforehand if you want to keep it.

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Here's how to delete your Gmail account:

  1. Review and download your data: This is optional, but important if there's anything you want to save from your Gmail account. You can download your data through Google Takeout [search download google takeout].
  2. Go to your Google Account settings: Head to the Data & Privacy section of your Google Account. You can find this by going to https://www.google.com/account/about/ and navigating to the Data & Privacy section.
  3. Delete your Gmail account: Under "Your data & privacy options," select "More options" and then "Delete your Google Account." Google will walk you through the steps from there, which will include confirming your decision and entering your password.

Important things to keep in mind:

  • Deleting your Gmail account also deletes your entire Google Account, as Gmail is a Google service. This means you'll lose access to other Google products like Drive, Docs, and YouTube that are tied to that account.
  • Make sure you have another way to access accounts that currently use your Gmail address for login.
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