If you have been inactive for more than a year now or if your store content is over its storage limit then Google has an important update for the Google account users. According to the tech giant, it will start shutting the inactive accounts, as well as the stored content as it’s new policy will come into effect from June 2021.
According to the new policy, Google will delete the content as well as inactive accounts after a set period of time and two those exceeding the storage limit for two years. Google in its blog post said, “We’re introducing new policies for consumer accounts that are either inactive or over their storage limit across Gmail, Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files) and/or Photos to better align with common practices across the industry. After June 1.”
So those users who have been inactive for two years (24 months) might get axed first. As per the company, it will now directly delete the inactive user accounts or stored content firstly it will notify the user multiple times before taking any action. “We will notify you multiple times before we attempt to remove any content so you have ample opportunities to take action,” it further added.
So those who have been inactive can simply start keeping their account active by visiting Gmail, Drive or Photos on the web or mobile once in a while signed in and connected to the internet in order to protect their account from getting deleted. Also, the Inactive Account Manager can help you manage specific content and notify a trusted contact if you stop using your Google Account for a certain period of time (between 3-18 months).
It should be noted that the new two-year inactive policy will apply regardless of your Inactive Account Manager settings.
Apart from this Google is also putting an end to its free unlimited storage service for Google accounts. From June 1, 2021, it will put a cap of 15GB and once you exceed the limit the users will be charged a fee. Also, this capping is not valid on the high-quality photos and videos already stored. For expanding your storage, the plans start at $1.99 per month in the U.S. for 100 GB of storage and include additional member benefits like access to Google experts, shared family plans and more.
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