Google introduces new policy for inactive accounts starting June 2021

Technology giant Google has introduced a new policy that enables to delete content from the inactive account after a set period. It may also delete content from account exceeding storage limit for 2 years

“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, 2021,” Google said in a blog post.


As part of this policy, Google will delete the content on the platforms if a user is over its storage limits or has been inactive for two years. The new policy is part of its updated storage policies which will be implemented from June 2021.

“We will notify you multiple times before we attempt to remove any content so you have ample opportunities to take action. The simplest way to keep your account active is to periodically visit Gmail, Drive or Photos on the web or mobile, while signed in and connected to the Internet,” Google said.

Users can notify other contacts as well if they stop using their Google Account for 3-18 months and manage specific content using Google’s Inactive Account Manager.

It will also introduce storage limits for photos and videos backed up in high quality on Google Photos and other services including Google Docs and Google Slides.

“Beginning June 1, 2021, any new photo or video uploaded in High quality in Google Photos will count toward your free 15 GB storage quota or any additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member. Also starting June 1, any new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms or Jamboard file will begin counting toward your free 15 GB of allotted storage or any additional storage provided through Google One. Existing files within these products will not count toward storage, unless they’re modified on or after June 1,” Google said.