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Haven’t used your Google account in some time? You could lose access to it

Google has announced that it will start deleting accounts and their contents if their status is inactive for a certain period of time.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: May 17 2023, 10:29 IST
How to use Gmail without internet! Follow these steps to send email offline
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1/5 With the internet becoming a necessity, it is now difficult to imagine even a single day without it. Almost all your work- from official to personal requires an internet connection. Even the apps you have on your phone require an internet connection to run including email. However, what if you are facing an internet issue and you have to send an important mail? Now, Gmail can be used to send email offline. Yes, you will not require any internet connection for the same. (Unsplash)
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2/5 You will be able to read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages even when you are not connected to the Internet by visiting mail.google.com. It can be noted that in order to make it easier to use Gmail to send email offline, it is recommended to bookmark mail.google.com in Chrome. Also if you are using Gmail with your work or school account, you can ask your admin to help change your settings. Wondering how to get Gmail offline? Check it below. (Unsplash)
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3/5 On your computer, make sure you have downloaded Chrome. You can only use Gmail offline in a Chrome browser window, not using Incognito mode. Then go to Gmail offline settings or click on the link- https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/offline. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Check "Enable offline mail." Choose your settings, such as how many days of messages you want to sync and finally click Save changes. (Unsplash)
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5/5 You can also bookmark Gmail to use offline. You can bookmark your inbox to make accessing your email offline easier. In Chrome, open your Gmail inbox and to the right of the address bar, click Star. (Unsplash)
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Google users just need to sign in to Gmail or any related service to keep the account active. (Unsplash)

Emails have become such an integral part of our daily routine for many of us, that we check our inbox first thing in the morning instinctively. Email has revolutionized the way we communicate officially, rendering traditional letters obsolete. Among the numerous email services available, Gmail stands out as one of the most popular options. Not only does it offer practical features like mail snoozing and scheduling, but it provides a 2-Step Verification process as an additional layer of security. But sometimes, even that isn't enough, especially when we've not used our Gmail accounts in some time.

To counter this, Google has announced a change in its inactive policy which states that if your Gmail account is inactive and you have not accessed it in over two years, Google can delete the account and its contents within Google Workspace, which includes Drive, Meet, Docs, as well as YouTube and Photos. Google has further clarified that this policy only applies to individual accounts and not accounts for organizations. The changes will be applied starting in December 2023.

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Google in 2020 had announced that it would remove content stored in an inactive account, but not the account itself. This move comes after Elon Musk announced that Twitter would start purging accounts again to free up space for more accounts.

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Reasons behind the policy change

Ruth Kricheli, Google's VP for Product Management says, “Forgotten or unattended accounts often rely on old or re-used passwords that may have been compromised, haven't had two-factor authentication set up, and receive fewer security checks by the user.”

Google claims that their internal analysis shows that inactive accounts are 10x less likely to have 2FA set up, and that could make these accounts susceptible to hacks and leaks.

How to keep your account active

Google says that to keep your account active, you simply need to sign in every two years. Signing in to Gmail or any Google-related services will update the account status to active. Here's what you can do to keep your account active, as per Google:

  1. Reading or sending an email
  2. Using Google Drive
  3. Watching a YouTube video
  4. Downloading an app on the Google Play Store
  5. Using Google Search
  6. Using Sign in with Google to sign in to a third-party app or service

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First Published Date: 17 May, 10:29 IST
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