Delete your Gmail service

If you don't want your Gmail address and emails anymore, you can remove them from your Google Account. Deleting them won't delete your entire Google Account.

What happens when you delete your Gmail service

  • Your emails and mail settings will be deleted after 30 days.
  • You can no longer use your Gmail address to send or receive email. If you change your mind, you may be able to get your Gmail address back.
  • Your Gmail address can’t be used by anyone else in the future.
  • Your Google Account won’t be deleted; only your Gmail service will be removed. You’ll still have your activity and purchases you made on Google Play.

Delete Gmail

An animation of deleting the Gmail service on desktop

If you use Gmail through your work, school, or other group, contact your administrator.

  1. Before deleting your Gmail service, download your data.
  2. Go to your Google Account.
  3. On the left, click Data & privacy.
  4. Scroll to "Data from apps and services you use."
  5. Next to "Gmail," click Delete Delete.
  6. Enter an existing email address you want to sign in with and click Send verification email. This email can't be a Gmail address.
  7. To verify your existing email address, you get an email at the existing email address. Until you verify the new email address, your Gmail address won't be deleted.

Note: If you use the Gmail Offline app, you will also need to clear your browser's cache and cookies.

Fix problems

You want to recover your Gmail address & emails

If you change your mind, you may be able to get your Gmail address back. If it’s been awhile since you removed your Gmail service, you might not be able to get your emails back.

  1. Go to Gmail.
  2. Follow the steps on the screen.
You want to delete your entire Google Account

Learn how to delete your Google Account. This action will delete your entire Google account, not just your Gmail service.

You can’t sign in

You need to sign in before you can delete your Gmail service. Get help accessing your account.

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