Google will delete Gmail that does not meet this mandatory requirement

Google will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for 2 years or more

The policy applies to personal Google accounts, not business or school-associated ones

Deleted accounts would wipe out data across Gmail, Google Drive and Docs, Google Photos, Google Calendar and YouTube

The deletions will start in December at the earliest

Accounts that were created and never used again will be removed first

Google will send several notices to inactive accounts and to recovery emails associated with those accounts

To keep an account active, a user simply has to log in

This includes logins to third-party websites and apps

Anyone with an existing subscription that had been set up with a Google account would be considered an active user and their account would not be deleted

The policy is intended to protect users from security threats because accounts that had not been used for a while